Here’s an observation.
This is one of those things where I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Walking into a Toys’R’Us store and you will find this poster on its front door:
Or here is the close up of what I’m talking about:
Now granted I come from a small country in Europe where we almost have no guns. Well, at least by comparison it would appear that way.
We have super strict laws governing firearms and basically you are only afforded a permit if you have a hunting license that is renewed every year. Gun permits are then almost only given for shotguns and for riffles most suitable for actual hunting. Gun types that are somewhat challenging to carry in concealed form. Hand guns, such as pistols and revolvers are almost impossible to get permits for and if you do, a permit usually comes with the restriction that the gun must be kept safely at your gun club of which you have to be an active member. In other words, you will have a tough time taking you gun with you – at least legally.
So here’s what I find tragically funny when I see signs such as the above:
- If you are out to rob a place and are one of those who apparently don’t mind bringing a gun for such purposes, then you are probably not swayed off by a poster/sign such as the above. In other words, if you have ill intent, you are probably not the type of person who worry much about permits or what you are allowed to do with a gun.
- If you are a “normal” citizen like most of us, then you probably don’t often carry a gun with you anywhere and certainly probably not for when you go to buy toys for your kids
But perhaps most of all, I find it noteworthy to ponder whether a sign such as the above or the urge to put up one as these at a toy store is really a sign of the times we live in.
Have we come to a state where we have to ask people to leave their guns at home? Is everyone carrying guns around us all the time?
I’m not necessarily an anti gun proponent. I actually personally like guns. Must be a childhood thing, from watching the old western films and subsequently the newer thrillers and tju bang films. There is something powerful over guns and I also do believe in the rights to protect ourselves.
“I don’t really believe guns kill people. I believe people kill people.
That said, it probably isn’t a very god idea to let every John, Dick and Harry have a gun and let them carry it around.
I have friends who have permits to carry concealed weapons in multiple states. And I have got to say that I cannot not be left with some fascination that this is possible in some States over here.
I also know a person or two who have several permits and several guns, but for whom I would say, they probably wouldn’t be the most suited type of person to have one. You know, they show the characteristics of a person who might one day go ballistic and start shooting people down in a high school, movie theater or single out targets at gas stations.
OK, so I probably don’t know the characteristics that such a person would have and more than likely it could as easily be the more quiet mousy type of person for whom it snaps all of a sudden.
The problem with guns is that if people have ill intent, I don’t think it will make much of a difference to post a sign. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe such a sign does have some preventative effects on us – perhaps on a subconscious level.
At any rate. Walking into the Toy’R’Us I have had the sense of laughter and sadness at the same time upon seeing the poster. Hey, I’m just here to get a nice little toy for my son. A toy that does not lend itself to identification to war, crime, shooting each other or such. Probably, I’m getting him a little ball or a box of small cars.
What do you say?
What are your thoughts when you see something like this?
Am I just a wuss or is the problem even bigger than I imagine?
Should we all carry gun?
Or should you be shot on sight for carrying a gun?
Do guns kill people?
Let’s have your opinion.
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