Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images. . . Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God. . .
Those who have made religious idols of guns and treat them as if they are holy relics ought to reread the first two Commandments. And then there are those who have a psycho-sexual fetish for guns. That is disturbing on many levels.
Arizona Daily Star editor Sarah Garrecht Gassen responds to the gun idolatry and fetish crowd who insist that no gun may ever be destroyed in an op-ed today, Gun owners have the right to destroy weapon if they choose:
The right to own a gun includes the right to destroy that gun. That's as American as apple pie.
A gun is not a sentient being in need of a savior. A gun is a tool - an efficient and deadly tool - but a tool.
A gun has the same rights as my toaster.
Yet those who make the physical preservation of guns paramount over all else act as if guns are an endangered species in need of devoted attention and loving protection.
This head-scratcher of a viewpoint fuels the frothing hysteria about the gun-buyback event planned for 9 a.m. today. Bring a gun you don't want, and don't want anyone else to have, to the Tucson Police Department midtown substation so it can be destroyed, and get a $50 grocery gift card in exchange.
And if you don't want to, then don't.
To hear criticism of the buyback, you'd think the British were coming. The prospect that a gun might be destroyed is heresy to its venerators.
But their vociferous opposition doesn't make sense - and it certainly isn't about protecting gun owners' rights.
No, it is idolatry and fetishism, Sarah.