Friday, October 11, 2013

Read Banned Books! Win Banned Guns!

     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.


Dave H said...

"Buy a banned book. Buy a banned gun -- or win one."

Or you can just sit still and wait for what you already own to be banned. I've got a couple three rifles, two built by my own self, that if I sit real still for a few more months will magically turn me into a felon, without ever having been taken out of the safe.

Don't let this happen to you, kids.

Bubblehead Les. said...

One thing about living in a Semi-Free State like Ohio is that one can say that any Book Banning that takes place is due to the Reader thinking the Book just sucks.

And Dave, you know that Sanctuary for your soon-to-be Banned Guns is just a half a days drive to my House. They can keep my Nephew's Firearms Company (until the Navy transfers him from Kalifornia). You know how to reach me.

Dave H said...

Les, thank you. But for the moment I'm looking at relocating the whole household.

Anonymous said...

Relevant only to the books part, and not the banned part, but you did utter a plaint last Sunday.

While in Barnes and Noble this morning, I saw Warbound in the New SciFi shelf, all bold as brass.

So now you have something to read this weekend.


The Jack said...

I just did the latter today.

Sad part was that it was a single action revolver.

Roberta X said...

Kishnevi: I had it on standing order with Amazon, and read it as soon as it was released!