We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Yes, every Olympic speed skater likes a cigarette now and then. I remember a few years ago finishing a marathon, and being quite astonished to see another runner, who had just finished the race, light up a Marlboro. Talk about going against the grain.
I see nothing wrong with these ads. If a company produced advertisements like these today, they would be like the Bennetton shock ads of a few years ago – and they would certainly provide viral name recognition for their company's products.
But of course plenty of wild-eyed 0bama statists would run straight to the courts to put a stop to any such extremism based on the 1st Amendment which, as we know, was only an old-timey disposable right in conflict with our modern enlightened liberul understanding of the 'living, breathing' post-modern Constitution.
What did those wigged fops know about human nature anyway? Now we have Eric Holders, Saul Alinskys, Nancy Pelosis and Van Jones to provide enlightenment to the ignorant proletariat. As a German soldier said just prior to WWII, who was quoted by Eric Hoffer, "We can finally be free of freedom!"
The Iverson ad may have seemed okay in its day. The truth is that a firearm requires adult supervision. If you keep a firearm in the home, small children should not have access to it unless you're there. If an adult can fire the gun, so can a child.
It's fair to remember that lung cancer only became commonplace in the 1900's while smoking had been a norm for four hundred years by then. People died of appendicitis, smallpox and broken arms and they didn't live long enough to show signs of cancer, so who knew?
Forgive me, Geoff, but are you saying that the number of murders that could be prevented by firearms in the house, is to be accepted, in order to prevent accidents among the family? If so, you may have a point, statistically --but the important stat is the one no one can quantify, that must tincture reality only by anecdote, is trhe number of crimes that are never even initiated at all, because the murderous mind apprehends that there may an armed killer inside, in the person of his intended victim.
That this anecdotal derivision may be large, can be inferred via county-by-county crime stats before and after guns in the home have or haven't been made or unmade officially difficult to own. Where these comparisons are available, the numbers say, rather resoundingly, "keep a gun in your home".
Further, neighbors should proselytize in that favor, on the basis of collective defense --a frontier principle. EDven now, every dwelling in Switzerland must have a weapon if there is someone to operate it. There's no violent crime in Switzerland, and it never gets invaded in wartime.