“The devil…the prowde spirit…cannot endure to be mocked.” – Saint Thomas More
Ridicule is a terror weapon. Making your enemy look ridiculous can be more effective than a bullet between the eyes. For one thing, it deters others from following in his path. For another, it energizes your side by reminding them that public-spirited activism isn’t all marches, placards, and speeches.
And so when something like this comes along:
Culper Precision, a Provo-based company that creates customized firearms, has come under criticism for offering customers a Glock handgun encased in Lego blocks.
According to a post on the company’s website, the custom firearm — nicknamed ‘Block19’ — was built to “create an opportunity to talk about the enjoyment of the shooting sports and the joy that can only be found in marksmanship practice and training.”
It’s virtually mandatory that it be celebrated and disseminated widely. Sadly, the humorless and firearm-averse have already leaped on it:
However, the weapon’s similarity to a child’s toy has caused controversy online, and the webpage for the firearm has been taken down.
In a statement to CBSNews, the Lego company wrote that they contacted Culper Precision and that the custom-firearm company agreed to remove the product from its website and will not sell anything like it in the future.
The motif of a gun carved out of soap and painted black with shoe polish has been used by several dramatists as a method of escape from prison. I wonder what they could do with this?
(PS: Ask the good people of South Africa how they feel about the right to keep and bear arms just now. I’ll bet they have something to say.)