This morning I saw a story on CNSNews.com. 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!
Author, “Powers Not Delegated”…a conservative political thriller