Ban the Pressure Cookers

This morning I saw a story on In part, it reads:

A local news outlet is reporting that the home-goods retailer, Williams-Sonoma has pulled pressure cookers from their shelves in the aftermath of the Boston attack.

 According to the Dedham Patch, Williams-Sonoma has pulled pressure cookers off the shelves out of respect for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

 …a store manager of the Williams-Sonoma at the Natick Mall says:

 “It’s a temporary thing out of respect.”

There’s nothing funny about last week’s tragedy in Boston, nothing at all.

However, reaction to the bombing further illustrates the absurd and surreal culture in which we now live. Our mindset seems to be things harm people, not other people.

That’s the unspoken theme of the gun control advocates, and now it’s made its way to the most innocuous of the innocuous…the lowly pressure cooker.

I must ask, what respect is shown to victims of the bombing by removing an inanimate, non-thinking, non-feeling kitchen utensil from a store’s shelves?

Should the distant cousins of those pressure cookers used by the Islamic terrorists feel shame their kinfolks were abducted and used for a terrorist attack? I guess not; pots and pans feel no shame.

Perhaps the foundry workers who manufactured the pressure cookers? Nope. They had visions their handiwork would be used for stews, soups and pot roasts.

Maybe the owners of the foundry. Certainly they should have foreseen their products would be snapped up from kitchenware retailers’ shelves and made into bombs. But that’s a stretch too.

Maybe the decision to remove the pressure cookers from the store’s shelves was symbolic, a corporate acknowledgement of guilt felt for making such a destructive contraption available to the public. Shouldn’t they have known better than tempt otherwise law-abiding souls into committing an act of mass murder?

What shall the store do when an evil meat cleaver leaps into the hands of an unsuspecting and righteous American who goes home and hacks his wife and children into small pieces?

Or the hapless housewife stricken with murderous intent after purchasing an iron skillet, and bashes her husband’s brains out?

The occupants of our kitchens’ drawers and shelves are truly a dangerous lot, a menace to civil society. They stick, cut, slice, mash, sauté, scrape…are generally endowed with all sorts of lethal capabilities.

Without warning they morph from benign objects for food preparation into weapons of mass destruction, mesmerizing their owners, turning them into despicable murderers, bombers…even terrorists. How dare they? They must be registered and controlled, maybe even entirely done away with.

Ban the butcher knives! Register owners of cast iron frying pans! No colander may be over seven inches in diameter! Teapots shall hold more than eight ounces of boiling water!

Without these reasonable and prudent safeguards, weak and susceptible human beings will be lured into the commission of violent acts against their friends, family and neighbors…even strangers.

There is no constitutional right to own a pressure cooker!

Rodney Page

Author, “Powers Not Delegated”…a conservative political thriller  

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graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Rodney authored “Leading Your Business to the Next Level,” a non-fiction business book in 2005. “Powers Not Delegated” is Rodney’s first foray into fiction; the book meshes his knowledge of history, business and current events to produce a relevant and plausible tale of domestic and international intrigue. Additionally, Rodney writes political commentary on his own blog and for other nationally known blogs/websites. Rodney lives in Atlanta. His passions include hiking, photography, history, reading, and, of course, University of Georgia football.
  • genann59

    Everytime I turn around I find something I use or planned to use can kill people or be turned into a bomb, and more and more restrictions get put on those of us who would really just like to get by with as little interference to others or from others. I have an inner ear disorder, and have to take sudafed every day. Since the druggies found out how to turn that into some form of speed, you have to show ID, can only buy 10 days worth at a time, and apparently if you buy more than that you can go to the slammer big time.
    I recently ordered some food grade H2O2, because a friend suggested it as a home remedy and then about a week later read an article that Homeland Security was asking stores that sold it to watch out for buyers since it can somehow be turned into an explosive. It is getting to where if you buy for the most part over the internet (since I live out in the boonies) you have to get sort of paranoid that you just might get an unexpected visit by some form of government agent. I don’t have anything to hide but would still feel nervous if an agent showed up and told me my own government wanted to check me out as a potential terrorist.

  • genann59

    I had been planning to buy a pressure cooker at the beginning of this month and for financial reasons put it off. Now I’m halfway afraid that if I go ahead and order it from Amazon, and it is still sitting their in my “cart” waiting for me to buy it, will I suddenly get a visit from Homeland Security. I’m already considered a possible terrorist, I’m Christian, a known pro-lifer, and worse of all, a disabled veteran. If I put in that order, cause I wanted to start canning some of my garden produce (they are watching those with home gardens now also), they might come after me in the middle of the night and scare me and half the neighborhood to death with one of their kick in the door with guns aimed at heads, etc, type attack. This is really becoming a bit of a crazily governed nation.

  • nickshaw

    I hear Home Depot is suspending sales of 3/4 inch, threaded pipe in lengths shorter than one foot along with threaded caps, temporarily, out of respect, too, Rodney.
    Are there no limits to where the “We Gotta’ Do Somethin’! ™” crowd will go?
    (yeah, I just made that up for the sarcasm impaired)

  • Gail Wehling

    I have used a pressure cooker for 53 years and will continue to do so. I could not get by without it.

    • nickshaw

      But, we never know when you’ll snap, Gail, and your beloved pressure cooker becomes the tool of evil! 😉

      • Gail Wehling

        nickshaw, many people are afraid of pressure cookers and admit that is why they don’t use them. I won’t snap :~)

  • Bruce A

    I think a three day waiting period after a background check would keep pressure cookers out of the wrong hands.

  • GlenFS

    In the very least restrictions must be placed upon those greater in size than 3 quarts. Is there any justifiable use for a 4 quart coooker? I think not! ;=)

    • Gail Wehling

      People use the big one for canning and that is very justifiable. At the rate our economy is going, we may have to survive by canning some of the food we have grown for ourselves.

    • Jimmy Cooper

      You obviously do not come from a family that does any kind of canning to preserve food. People that grow their own food would argue with you in a heartbeat!

    • genann59

      Four quarts are only one gallon. You really cannot do canning with one that small. Usually recommended 23 quart, unless you are old and feeble like I am and I was told nothing under 16 quarts would do for canning (in order to get the jars, etc, inside to seal the jars).

      • GlenFS

        My remarks were tongue-in-cheek relative to the discussion of high-capacity magazines in the gun control debate. Yep, my family canned plenty and used large cookers to do it!

  • DanB_Tiffin

    It takes no courage to blame inanimate objects for “causing” destruction.