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    Filed at 7:10 am under by dcobranchi

    Du Toit, not Swygert.

    Rich Lowry at Townhall.com has a nice snarky piece on boys and toy guns.

    The recent scare caused by a toy gun that closed down a congressional building has prompted Brooklyn Democratic Congressman Ed Towns to declare a new urgency to passing his proposed ban on “realistic looking” toy guns. His bill would “ban toys which in size, shape or overall appearance resemble real handguns.” Next Towns will be after “realistic looking” daggers, bows and arrows, battle axes and lightsabers — which, after all, could confuse Stormtroopers into thinking they are facing a threatening situation.

    He goes on to point out that boys (both young and not-so-young) and guns seem to go together.

    Many parents have seen their ambition to keep their boys from toy guns frustrated by their kids’ unstoppable trigger fingers. If denied a toy gun, a boy is liable to use a stick, or bite his sandwich into the shape of a gun, or pretend to shoot with his sister’s Barbie doll.

    I can testify to this one. Lydia and I (in our younger, more liberal days) were stridently anti-toy gun. Anthony, then age 2 and being much smarter than his parents, bit one corner off his toast every morning. Taught us a lesson.

    And in honor of the namesake of this post, I’ll throw up a photo of the gun I shouldered last night at Dick’s Sporting Goods. I’m pretty sure I’m going to get this one.

    7 Responses to “HEY, KIM!”


    Comment by
    Steven Gallaher
    November 7th, 2003
    at 9:36 am

    Nice. If this is a self-defense related purchse, may I recommend a surefire fore-end light to go with that?


    Comment by
    Daryl
    November 7th, 2003
    at 9:51 am

    It is and you may. Thanks.


    Comment by
    Laura
    November 7th, 2003
    at 10:56 am

    Isn’t it funny, how our children teach us.


    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    November 7th, 2003
    at 12:14 pm

    Boy, have you just freaked the hell out of half the people I sent this way the other day with my Times exegesis.

    I think my wife is clicking over more often now, so the real test will be if she says anything!


    Comment by
    Daryl
    November 7th, 2003
    at 1:15 pm

    Tim,
    Funny- I was thinking about you last night while drooling over the shotgun. I was right behind a guy from NJ who was attempting to purchase a muzzle-loader (black powder). The guy from Dick’s explained that he had to get some permit from the state of NJ. In fact, you can’t even get a BB gun without the stupid permit. And I though DE had some pretty dumb gun laws (here it is illegal for kids 15 and under to own a BB gun).

    BTW, my wife is opposed to this. This is a family-defense issue and one of those “a man’s gotta do…” times. I’ve slept on the couch before and survived. 🙂


    Comment by
    Laura
    November 7th, 2003
    at 2:07 pm

    I didn’t want a gun in the house until my daughter came along. Then I did a 180. In addition to my husband’s guns, I have a five-shot revolver in a combination-lock gunsafe on my bedside table. I’d fight anything or anybody for her.


    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    November 7th, 2003
    at 2:57 pm

    Yeah, Jersey was way out in front of the anti-gun regulation wave 20-some years ago. Fortunately my dad (in Pennsylvania) has enough so that if I ever felt the need for one or two, the permit process would be moot. (Yeah, I know, that doesn’t work at 2 a.m.)

    I will be teaching my boys to shoot so that they aren’t rattled by the sight of them as my wife is.