Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Gun Rally 2014-10-25 1

Automatic weapons. On the street. In downtown St. Louis. Do you remember the Beatles' song Happiness Is a Warm Gun, with John Lennon's goat bleat of a voice crying bang bang shoot shoot? We all remember how John Lennon died.

There was a gun rights demonstration yesterday that began in Citygarden, surrounded by art. According to the event's Facebook page (taken down by the time of this writing) the purpose was “to raise awareness of the right to keep and bear arms under the Federal and Missouri State Constitutions.” Children were welcome but, as the FB page put it, "unarmed, of course."

You can carry a concealed weapon in this state if you have a permit. That's so in a lot if not most of America. Apparently you can carry it right out on your hip. And you can openly carry an assault rifle down Market Street.

There was a counter-demonstration. We will see more of this.                

Gun Rally 2014-10-25 2

Gun Rally 2014-10-25 3


Memphis MOJO said...

If you think you have to carry a gun, well I don't agree, but at least I get it, but an assault rifle?

John said...

Nice, crisp photos of the outward appearance of modern guns. Their wicked cruelty is belied by the determined but benign faces of those carrying the protest signs, notice the crispness of the sign supports as opposed to the older wooden stick. the separation of the shown and the unshown in both the nature of firearms and the nature of protest signs speaks to the ability to compartmentalize thinking so that owning and openly carrying deadly weapons is almost made a well considered idea.

Sad, but amazing.

William Kendall said...

Madness. From the outside looking in, it sometimes seems like America's being held hostage by this mentality.

For all the NRA and their brethren go on and on about the Second Amendment, they seem to totally disregard the portion about well regulated.

Andrés Sánchez Soto said...

Magnífico blog con bellos trabajos por lo que te felicito.

Enhorabuena y un afectuoso saludo desde Gran Canaria - Islas Canarias (España)

Nathalie Beaumes said...

Your comments and John's above are quite appropriate.

Gregg said...

You are free to think whatever you want, but these are not "automatic" weapons. People tend to see guns such as these and think "machine gun." But, they are not.

Jack said...

$%^#@*&^%+ idiots.