Conversation in front of an exhibition of beautiful photographs of people and scenes in Israel, displayed in our local Jewish Community Center. I’m standing in front of a photo of a man in an outdoor market. In the photo, we see his back. His shirt is up, and a large gun is strapped into a holster around his waist at the small of his back. The gun is the focus of the photograph.
A woman walks by and says, in what sounds like an Israeli accent: “Is that for real?”
“What?” I say. “The gun?”
“Yes. The gun,” she says.
“I think it’s for real. I assume it’s for real,” I say.
“Scary,” she says. “Why is he carrying it in his shirt like that?”
“I have no idea,” I say. “He must think he needs it for self protection.”
She shakes her head. “What a shame.”
I sigh. “Yes. A real shame. In my opinion, every single gun on the planet should be rounded up and sent to Mars.”
She laughs and walks away, and as she walks away I realize that I completely believe what I said. As far as I’m concerned, there should be a house to house, factory to factory, storage bunker to storage bunker search of the entire planet, and every single firearm, rifle, bomb (nuclear and regular), AK47, and every other exploding weapon, should be put on a spacecraft and shipped to Mars. Then no one would have them, and we wouldn’t have to “protect” ourselves from them. Obviously, we’d still be the same unevolved human race, characterized by our primitive, threatening behavior, but it would be a lot better, and have fewer global ramifications, if we used primitive weapons, like knives and spears, to express our primitive impulses.
I guess I’m out of step with mainstream, conservative America, huh?