Outsourced entirely to Charles P. Pierce:

If your “way of life” involves handing deadly weapons to five-year olds, your way of life is completely screwed up and you should change it immediately because it is stupid and wrong. (And, again, also, too: goddammit, “learning to use and respect a gun” means at least knowing that the fking thing is loaded when it’s sitting in the corner of the parlor like it’s a damn umbrella stand or something, and we should talk about that part, too.) It is not in any way “normal” to hand a kindergartner a firearm. If a mother from the inner-city of, say, Philadelphia did that, and the kid subsequently shot his sister to death, Fox News never would stop yelling about the crisis in African American communities and the Culture Of Death, and rap music, too. If your culture is telling you that children who have only recently emerged from toddlerhood should have their own guns, then your culture is deadly and dangerous and that should concern you, too. If your culture demands that, in the face of a general national outrage over the killing of other children, your politics work to loosen the gun laws you have, as they apparently did in Kentucky, then your culture is making your politics stupid and wrong and you should change them, too. I do not have to understand these people any more, and it is way too early in the day to be drinking this much.

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Image:  Portrait of a girl with gun and hound, after the style of Joshua Reynolds, 18th or 19th century

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  1. ~xtian Says:

    U.S. gun culture is something that as a NZer I just can’t get my head around. I suppose it’s because the Red Coats didn’t get chased out here.

  2. ~xtian Says:

    Reblogged this on Typing Loud And Knowing Nothing. and commented:
    GIVING A RIFLE TO A FIVE YEAR OLD.

    It makes my head hurt.


  3. I would leave a snarky comment about cleaning the gene pool, but that would be wrong (oops, already did, I suppose). Sadly, it’s the meme pool that needs to be chlorinated in the US around this issue and our “leaders” don’t have the stomach for that.


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