Gut Rumbles

August 31, 2004


Read this story and weep. That's what you get when you allow government to become your nanny.

Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Ford Motor Co., the world's second biggest carmaker, has had a television commercial for its Land Rover brand banned by the U.K. communications regulator after it was judged to ``normalize'' the use of guns.

I don't know how you "normalize" ANYTHING, but I believe that the point here is that guns are frightening, dangerous things and people shouldn't even THINK about them, let alone actually handle one. So, the government steps in to protect you from images that might shatter your fragile psyche.

The advertisement, which featured a woman brandishing a gun later revealed to be a starting pistol, breached the Advertising Standards Code and must not be shown again, Ofcom said in an e- mailed statement. The regulator received 348 complaints against the ad, many concerned that the commercial glamorized guns and made it ``appear that guns are fun and cool.''

Guess what, asshole? Guns ARE fun and cool. Ask anybody who owns one, not 348 whining shitheels who probably don't know which end the round comes out of. Those trembling, delicate flowers probably are afraid of EVERYTHING. They might be less afraid if they owned a goddam gun.

Ofcom said glamorization is ``part and parcel'' of the advertising process but this commercial ``normalized'' gun ownership in a domestic setting. The pistol, fired by the woman into the air as a man got into his car, was used in ``an apparent casual manner and just for fun,'' Ofcom said.

I have another nasty personal confession to make. I have OFTEN used firearms in a "casual manner and just for fun." In fact, I've had A LOT of fun with guns. I enjoy shooting and I like the smell of gunpowder. I've handled guns for long enough that I may appear "casual" with one, but I always practice gun safety and I've never had an accident with one. I don't fear guns, and I understand what they are.

In all my years of owning guns, I've NEVER had one jump up all by itself and start shooting. A firearm is a goddam TOOL, nothing more, and the tool itself is not inherently evil or murderous. It can be used in a deadly fashion, but so can a knife, a chainsaw, a phone cord or a lead pipe. Firearms are NOT the devil incarnate.

But a lot of people seem to think so today.


This denormalization of freedom meme originates with the anti-smoking tyrants. They are very bad people, as are all the big-government types who desire only governments be armed.

I'm flabbergasted at the success of these bullying wimps. Of course they depend on government force to achieve their aims. It's much easier for them when their opposition can't fight back.

They may find themselves in trouble when the day comes that all the citizens have been legislated into outlaw status.

Posted by: Brett on August 31, 2004 10:30 AM

I own guns, and have taught my children gun saftey. There is nothing scary about guns, people just hear the negative things about them in themedia. During the olympics there wasn't much coverage of the shooting events either.

Saw a post somewhere (sorry I can't remember where) that said Ted Kenedy's car has killed more people than my guns (think Mary Jane Kopechne)!

Posted by: Scott on August 31, 2004 11:10 AM

Having several friends in the UK, I can attest to the fact that the general populace there truly FEARS guns and those who own them just for fun.

From what I understand, even the police force is divided into two catagories: specialized cops who carry guns (think our SWAT teams) and those cops who do not carry guns (think our every day police force). It kinda makes me giggle when I imagine being pulled over for a speeding ticket and given a ticket by a cop that doesn't have a gun...I dunno if I could take him/her seriously without one lol.

They claim that they have lower crime rates because only the criminals have guns. I'd be interested to see if comparing crime rates per capita between the two countries reveals anything. I suspect that crime rates are pretty much the same between the US and UK.

Posted by: Chablis on August 31, 2004 11:54 AM

Last I heard, currently the rates for robbery, assault and burglary are 2.5 times as high in Britain as in the U.S., and home invasion burglaries are many times more common there.

We have more homicides involving firearms, but the overall rates are pretty close, and while ours are still trending down, theirs have been going up for years.

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Posted by: Mark on August 31, 2004 04:54 PM

I'm flabbergasted at the success of these bullying wimps. Of course they depend on government force to achieve their aims. It's much easier for them when their opposition can't fight back.

That's the problem, Brett.
"We" could've fought back but didn't.

The bullying wimps have been around since caveman days, like a strain of virus.

The 'freedom-likers' saw the pinhole in the damn--starting with the smoke nazis (wasn't the "crackdown" on smoking another Clinton scheme to direct focus away from his criminal ineptitude?)

"We" laughed at the pinhole leak and now we're up to our necks in floodwater.

There will probably be revolution between Statists and Free People in a decade or less. Observe the newsie clip--if they're running it in your area--of the animals who beat a plainclothes cop at the R Convention yesterday.

Posted by: horse with no-- on August 31, 2004 04:55 PM

Mr. P. J. O'Rourke said it much better than I could have said it, had I lived for two hundreds of years. In his book, "Parliament of Whores", he wrote, somewhere, the immortal words:

"What the fuck? What the fucking fuck?"

Posted by: Justthisguy on August 31, 2004 10:43 PM

The reason guns are different to knives, chainsaws, lead pipes etc. is that the whole point of a gun is to kill or seriously injure someone. A country where government officials carry guns sounds like a police state to me.

Posted by: Jack on September 5, 2004 11:41 AM

Actually, some guns are more oriented towards training someone to put several bullets through the same hole. Some are oriented toward killing animals, as opposed to some one. A starter pistol isn't designed to kill anyone, but rather to give a clear acoustic signal

Posted by: Don Meaker on February 5, 2010 03:58 PM
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