The Art of Guns, God, and Country

Nowadays we kill — religiously, militarily, civilly, indeed very civilly sometimes.

We kill out of ambition, out of greed, for the fun of it or of the show.

Republics turn bananas.

Tyrants are our masters.

The Guns Collection is nothing but a sign of the times.

Weapons are our new icons.

– Philippe Starck, Designer/Architect

Since the election of President Obama (as opposed to the “Supreme” Court appointment of “W”), gun sales have skyrocketed as militias, “patriots,” Tea Baggers, and other assorted uncivilized citizen groups arm themselves to “take back ‘their’ country.” The phenomenon is nothing short of amazing and disquieting.

U.S. gun owners bought more than 14 million guns just in 2009 – more than 21 of the world’s standing armies combined. This sum also represents an absurd 14,033,824,000+ rounds of Ammo!

Offense intended, fella, but what part of a “Militia being necessary to the security of a free State” do you NOT understand?     

What part of “the right of the People to keep and bear arms” — NOT the right of each person — do you NOT understand?

And, frankly, with such an angry, defiant look, I’m pretty sure I don’t want to see you armed. Again, offense intended.

Despite the current Supreme Court’s mis-re-reading of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, we citizens do not individually have the Right to be armed to the teeth and to threaten the stability of this nation.

I’ve written before, but it bears repeating: “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” The 2nd Amendment is written to ensure that the young nation could promptly call up a ready, armed militia. To do so, the People’s right to bear arms as a whole is protected, not the right of the people, as in person. The conservative trend in courts now is toward an unlimited individual right rather than a restricted collective right meant for maintaining battle-ready government militias in the Eighteenth century. Most certainly, though, we are accorded a right to use guns in sporting activities.

We do not, however, have a constitutional right to own all the latest people-killing technology. The People, through their government, can restrict some of the more deadly weapons being sold today.

Clinton-Gore and most Democrats have it correct:

Besides, statistics surrounding the introduction of a gun into families’ homes makes the logical — and thus usually ignored — point about the unique destruction brought to citizens by their unrestrained individual gun ownership:

As logic and stats are ignored, artists and designers try to illustrate the absurdity of our obsession with firepower — a non-verbal communication that still goes unheeded but makes for some excellent artwork and visuals. Maybe the problem is too many people looking for a power substitute to their less than satisfactory penis size or lack of powerful penis at all!

At any rate… ON WITH THE GUN SHOW!

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