a tale set in the far-flung year 2000 from marvel comics' tales to astonish #44, june 1963:
(story by stan lee & art by steve ditko)*** warning: spoiler alert below ***
for some historical perspective, in 1964 guns killed 5,473 victims, a homicide rate of 2.9 per 100,000. by 2010 guns killed twice as many: 11,078 at a rate of 3.6. a decade and a half past the once-imaginary future, the "plague" is thriving. that open-carry is at least starting to look like a disease may be one prediction marvel got right.
stan "the man" lee, never one for subtlety in storytelling, seems to have pulled his punch in this twilight zone inspired tale; his unnamed "plague-carrier" not once inflicted his disease upon his apparently defenseless pursuers. while shooting unarmed police would have effectively demonstrated the terror of firearms, it's clear lee didn't want to give up any element of surprise before the final panel.
certainly the terror of firearms has been long self-evident, making demonstrations unnecessary, but perhaps the sacrifice of some drama was also unnecessary, since the reader, already inured to countless gun chases, would be unlikely to guess too soon that the gun itself was this parable's "mcguffin" and not merely the protagonist's means of escape.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Monday, January 14, 2013
overhead today at our favorite wingnut watering hole free republic:i live in what is considered a safe neighborhood and stay in "safe" areas, never had a problem YET.
not familiar with guns although my husband used to have quite a collection and i had a baretta shotgun. i'm not so much afraid of home invasions or robberies at this point — but times are changing. what i'm more afraid of is our government setting off a stampede of marauding hoards[sic].
i have NO clue what might be useful for me — need advice.
when crime rates are falling and even hardcore wingnuts admit to feeling safe in their homes, how does one get already convinced gun owners to buy still even more guns?
easy — sell them an apocalyptic delusion.
'cause you can never have too many guns when that happens.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
haven't we seen this movie before?
democratic presidential nominee barack obama on the supreme court's heller decision, june 26:
"sen. obama has always believed that the second amendment protects the right of individuals to bear arms and will uphold the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners, hunters and sportsmen as president," said spokesman tommy vietor. "sen. obama also believes that we can work together to enact common-sense laws, like closing the gun show loophole and improving our background check system, so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals."
ohio democratic representative tim ryan, june 30:
one pro-gun democrat in the house said the decision would actually help obama by clarifying that gun ownership is an individual right and further dissuading democrats from pursuing what has proved to be a political loser at the national level.
"it's a nonissue," said democratic rep. tim ryan, who represents a blue-collar youngstown, ohio-area district and has won the backing of the nra. "democrats have learned a lesson to not campaign on it."
the national rifle association, june 30:
the national rifle association plans to spend about $40 million on this year’s campaign, with $15 million of that devoted to portraying barack obama as a threat to the second amendment rights upheld last week by the supreme court.
... "we look forward to showing him 'bitter,'" [chris cox, head of the nra's political arm] said, referring to obama's statement this spring that some in rural america "cling" to guns and religion out of bitterness.
it's official: summer sequelitis is upon us. obama may be in an election even john kerry could win, but i'd rather not have to watch a rerun.