Thursday, June 27, 2013
Of Guns and Dolls; Dolls are Indeed where you find Them!
I was listening to NPR on the way to work M, and they brought up the conceal/carry law controversy going on in Illinois. The announcer likened an assault rifle to a Barbie doll (tm) for a man. There were other analogies to the gun as a type of doll or baby doll, even a rag doll or Raggedy Ann. Hmm. I was struck by some relevant random thoughts. I'd read that a doll, or the Venus figures of Willendorf, were the first cultural artifacts, yet research into paleontology and anthropology revealed that maybe the weapon, e.g., a club was the first human artifact that survived to be left behind. Also, when I was small, I played with toy guns; I had cowboy outfits, not cowgirl, cap pistols, little ships that fired torpedoes, water guns, and a toy machine gun that rattled. I had two of those; I used to sleep with it, and it had to be replaced. Does anyone have one out there? We still have all kinds of rubber band guns in the house; most belong to my son, but, well..... I love looking at ivory and jewel inlaid rifles from India in museums. I admire good target shooters, and there are dolls that turn up at gun shows, along with Indian relics and other antiques. I've only fired one real gun, a glock, and that was part of a fire arms training simulator. We don't have real guns in the house at all. I have never fired at anyone, and don't intend to. I have no NRA opinions. Everyone has their passions. Dolls must be popular to many, many people to be included in an analogy about assault rifles and weapons. I'm just saying . . . Comments? Questions? Anyone who wants information on my books please contact me directly, or go to Amazon, author central, or 918studio, Google as keyword. I am on Twitter and Facebook as Dr. E's Doll Museum.