Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Huzzah for Guns?

The first headline I read this morning announced a new target-practice app for four-year-olds from the NRA. Then my husband shared a Stephen Colbert video, “Double Barrel Blam-O-Rama,” with me (which I can’t embed here for some reason—you’ll have to follow the link above).

Colbert notes that the first-ever national Gun Appreciation Day is coming up this Saturday, sharing the week with another holiday, Martin Luther King Day. The originator of Gun Appreciation Day believes MLK would have been pro-gun (the same way Jesus would have been pro-nail, quips Colbert).

Tsk. My dream of a nation instilled with kindness and compassion is quickly being dashed by a fear that there’s not even hope for sanity and common sense.

Today is MLK’s birthday. I’ll leave you with a bit of his wisdom:

“A nation or a civilization that continues to produce softminded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.”
—from A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., edited by James M. Washington

[Creator of flower gun unknown.]

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