In a prescient moment, I actually wrote this Sunday morning before the worst mass shooting in US history took place that very night. Prayers to the victims and their families.
Just like most people who can turn on a computer, I shop online. And inevitably, that search is reflected seemingly forevermore whenever I log on to the next site where I’ll see an advertisement which is obviously based on my previous activity. Such is life in the world of Big Brother.
So anyway, I get lots of K Mart sidebar ads because (hello), I’ve been known to buy anything from socks to beer at the store. And yesterday, in the lineup of “targeted” products, I saw a pistol advertised for $13! I kid you not! I’m not really a gun nut. But a pistol for thirteen bucks? This I had to check out.
The weapon is in fact, a 13-shot semiautomatic Daisy CO2 air pistol which propels a .177 millimeter projectile at 337 miles per hour! Which is sufficient to penetrate a soda can! This piece of mini-artillery can be purchased online with absolutely no requirement. I sat in amazement while I viewed the ad.
With further research, I found that the BB gun is not available within 50 miles of people who live in the East Village. But as an experiment, I changed my zip code to one that turned out to be in Washington, D.C. And while the gun wasn’t available for “store pick up,” anybody with a debit (or possibly even a gift) card can order and have this item shipped for $19.99! No proof of anything required!!
Call me crazy. But this doesn’t seem like such a good idea. Anybody remember that asshole “Tony”…who robbed dozens of Korean joints with exactly this type of weapon many years back? You get the idea. It is made of metal – by the way! So it looks like a real gun!
My point: A weapon which can shoot projectiles that travel at 337 miles per hour and can penetrate a soda can shouldn’t be available to just anybody who owns a debit card and knows how to log onto the Internet. And if it is available, it should be available everywhere! There’s something discriminatory in the reality that you can buy the pistol in Washington, D.C. – but not in New York!
K Mart really needs to delete this item from its web-mined come-on. It’s just inappropriate on sooo many levels. Hard to rationalize this one away.