They don't even make it that much easier. You can still get plenty fat without a spoon on hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, soda, milkshakes, etc., etc. And it's not like you can sneak a spoon into a crowded theater and make yourself fat in a few short seconds.
The poor analogy of the spoon is used to promote the idea that guns are just tools. It's the bad guys who use them badly, not the good guys who just shoot animals or targets and are ready whenever to prevent a bad guy from shooting, raping or robbing - even if this happens very, very, rarely. I don't have stats, but common sense tells me there are far more gun wounds and deaths from the accidental harm to children who find a gun in the wrong place (or domestic violence) than any bad guys taken out by the good guys with concealed or open-carry weapons or a gun in their nightstand. (Prove me wrong.) Even if gun proponents say everyone should be better trained on gun safety and gun use so they won't be misused, isn't that a form of regulation? Yeah.
I've already provided my bumper-sticker soundbites in last night's posting. Am I upset? Yeah. With great respect to the innocent victims in Colorado, my heart breaks for them and their families. I want to do something. This is it. For all who say it's not appropriate to "politicize" a tragedy like this, I am only responding to the gun proponents who went up with their stuff pretty quickly yesterday including the silly spoon analogy. This includes some very good friends on Facebook. I just don't get it.
I don't know that there is any conceivable law that could have prevented the recent act of terror in the movie theater. But there is a culture in the United States that seems to believe that guns are tools for the solution to problems - whether it be taking out bad guys or rising up to preserve our freedoms. (¡Ay, ay, ay!) Disturbed people buy into this in their own fevered minds to the detriment of our civil society. But I maintain it is all the nominally sane ones who promote our gun culture without regulation who are the problem.
I love shooting. My dad introduced me to it and there was Scout camp. One year at camp, I shot a score of 45 out of 50 with a .22 on a well-regulated, 50-foot NRA-approved range. That was on Monday. I spent much of the rest of the week ill in the tent of my Scoutmaster (my dad). About Thursday, some of Scouts in our Troop came running up, "Someone beat your score! They shot a 46!" I got up out of my sick-bed sleeping bag and while still feverish, went up to the rifle range and shot a score of 48. I was very proud to maintain my high score that week.
My dad once told me something that stuck, "The only purpose of a handgun is to shoot someone." I have been skittish about them ever since. I've only shot one once (at a target) as a teenager in another Scout activity for older Scouts.
I once went to a funeral in suburban northern Virginia of someone who died from a gun. It was the teenage daughter of one our secretaries at work. It was one of those all too common sad stories where she was in the basement of a friend's house when the friend was showing off with his dad's gun. It went off. I have a lock on my target gun.
In fact, I've never figured out the logic of having a gun for self defense but keeping it locked up or with a trigger lock for safety at home. How exactly do you get that key when the bad guys sneak in at night to rob or kill you? If you have it in your nightstand or, heaven forbid, under your pillow loaded and ready to go, exactly how do you protect your grandchildren?
I know a lot of people believe they need guns for self-defense. Maybe so. I'll trust in other things and the essential goodness of the American people - even if it takes a few generations - and many, many more unnecessary and tragic deaths until we reach some real sanity.
July 23, 2012
So, today The Atlantic on-line publishes this article by Evan Selinger on guns as tools - even if a much more sophisticated and intellectual argument than mine - it's pretty much the same. Of course, I had to break my rules and post a comment or two. . . .
July 24, 2012
For what it's worth, Politifacts ratings on the NRA