I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. (J.R.R.Tolkien, The Two Towers)

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.

Marko Kloos "Why the Gun is Civilization"

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Where's Waldo???

Believe it or not, there's a sniper with a gun in this picture. Can you see him?

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At 5:31 PM, Blogger the Contrary Goddess said...

boys do like their toys.

At 5:57 PM, Blogger H. Stallard said...

Yeah, I made enough working the rally and a ballgame (I get paid for those) so I ordered my ghillie suit yesterday.

At 1:11 AM, Blogger the Contrary Goddess said...

are you familiar with Tom Brown? If not, check the link on my blog. You might be interested in playing at his Tracker school.

At 9:59 AM, Blogger madcapmum said...

Hi Harold!

When I checked into your blog this morning, I saw a picture of a little girl with a pink teddy bear in one arm, and a pink gun in the other. That seems a little off to me, like treating a gun like a toy. What's your take?

At 11:39 PM, Blogger Eleutheros said...


Not Harold, of course, and I'm sure he has his own answer for this, having children and having been a government school teacher.

When younger daughter was about three, I was busy building the house. She was all enthused about helping. Her favorite color is green, so I got an 8oz hammer and painted the handle green. The hammer to this day is in the bag of fencing tools with its green handle proturding showing the fencer that a hammer is included int the tool kit before hiking a quarter mile to the fence.

It's a real hammer, not a toy. Misused it could hurt a body. At three, she understood this. She got to pound away at some nails and staples but never, never used it as a toy, although it was brightly painted in her favorite color.

I am reminded too the time when elder son was five and we were at a festival and he took a liking to a sheath knive with a 6" blade which I bought for him. The untutored were aghast until a friend of mine explained to them "It's a Southern thing." He's much older now and has never cut or threatened anyone or anything with the blade. Among those of us who hold guns and blades and tools as nothing to be frightened of and yet nothing to take lightly, there's no insistancy in a pink gun nor any danger of it being confused with a toy.

Harold's current quote ought to explain it, "I love not the sharp sword ...."

At 7:06 AM, Blogger madcapmum said...

I don't have a problem with kids and tools. We teach our kids to use hammers and knives and axes, etc. and they have their own collection of real tools that they use with a fair amount of freedom.

As I mentioned before, our son has a pellet gun (the only type we can buy without going through huge expense and registering for courses and paying for the Canadian gun registration, etc.) But we wouldn't let him have it without very close supervision because that one slip with a gun can be deadly, much more so than a hammer or axe. At a young eight, I don't trust his judgement and skill to be consistent enough to manage that tool on his own. I wouldn't let him use the table saw, either, it's just too fast and could rob him of too much.

It's just the way the poster is laid out that strikes me as odd; with the lone little girl holding a pink teddy-bear in one hand and a pink gun in the other, it certainly seems to equate the two. I know it's not meant to, but that's the first impression.

Harold e-mailed me his answer, btw.

At 6:00 PM, Blogger Eleutheros said...

Ah, interesting. It instantly conveyed to me the notion of feeling secure - teddy bear and the ability to defend oneself.

I would never let a young child use a table saw. And I'd let no one use mine unless they were well tutored no matter their age. But an axe or hammer can be just as damaging if misued.

Here's what I find interesting, though. If it had been a picture of a young child with a pink teddy bear standing beside a pink motorcycle, or a pink barbeque grill, or a pink scuba gear; my guess and wager is that it would never enter your mind that the picture was suggesting that the little girl be turned loose with that gear unsupervised an on her own .... or that their color would suggest to her that they were toys. But ... guns! Ah .... a different matter. Why's that, do you suppose?

At 9:04 PM, Blogger madcapmum said...

I just found your reply, E, so sorry about the delay in returning. I would find the girl alone with a pink motorbike just as odd. You guessed me wrong this time. Kids get killed and permanently injured in our area all the time because their "doting" parents turn them loose with their "own" snowmobiles and quads. It's just sooo cute!

I think tools should look like tools, a little green paint aside. I'm not in favour of cute pink guns, or cute blue ones with racing stripes, either.

But really, my point is the risk of a single accidental slip causing permanent serious damage. A table saw can take your hand off in the blink of an eye - the odds are far lower that you'll lose a whole hand with an axe in an accident.

I also think that if the pro-gun folks are interested in engaging and educating the "other side", they'd do better to avoid images that are so easily misconstrued as advocating kids with guns. My guess would be that it just confirms the prejudice.


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