Actually, neither the books nor the guns are wholly banned; but people have tried and it's important to stand up and say not just no but hell no to such damfool notions.
Last month, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library here in Indy walled up a fellow in a "prison" made of banned books over the course of a week. Books like Slaughterhouse Five, Huckleberry Finn, Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World. (And Lolita and Catcher In The Rye. Not to your taste? Fine, don't read 'em; don't ban them, either.) ...I'm told they let him out after, and he got reg'lar meals, washroom access an' all -- but they didn't just "let on" he was walled up, as Tom Sawyer might've suggested, they built a nice lattice-type wall with the books, forming a cell between the wall and the front window.
This month, the National Rifle Association is raffling off a dozen banned guns; to win them, you'll need to be living someplace where they're not banned (and pass the usual NICS check). It's not all scary-looking black semi-auto editions of mil-type rifles in intermediate calibers, either; there's a nice .22 on the list and among the most powerful are a couple of bolt-action, wooden-stocked hunting rifles, just like Grandpa used -- and on somebody's you-can't-have-them list here in the U.S.
You're a grown-up. Say no to the nannies. Buy a banned book. Buy a banned gun -- or win one.
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