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How Guns Make People Stupid

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 20:15 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

So I was wandering around the internet, just minding my own business, and I ran across this at the San Diego Union-Tribune site:

Study: Legos are becoming more weaponized

[…] Since the first Lego weapons came out in 1978, the percentage of sets including weapon pieces has grown from 1 percent of sets released that year to 29 percent of sets released in 2014, according to a study last month from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

The article has a catchy graphic showing the “percentage of individual bricks released that year that were weaponized.”

What the article’s author, someone named Kate Morrissey, meant to say is that Legos now have more pieces made to look like little Lego weapons. What she actually said is that Lego sets contain actual weapons, and that the toy blocks themselves are now being used as weapons. No, really. That’s what she said.

From Merriam-Webster online:

weapon
noun | weap·on | \ˈwe-pən\
: something (as a club, knife, or gun) used to injure, defeat, or destroy

weaponize
verb | weap·on·ize | \ˈwe-pə-ˌnīz\
: to adapt for use as a weapon of war

Such is the lack of intelligence that emerges whenever some people are confronted by anything that can in any way be construed as even slightly resembling a gun. Remember the story about the little boy who was suspended from school for nibbling a Pop Tart into a vague gun shape? Or the even littler girl who was suspended from kindergarten for having a bubble-blowing toy?

I’m all for prohibiting kids from using weapons. I also have enough common sense to know that bubble blowers and pop tarts and tiny plastic toy pieces aren’t weapons. And I’m so old that I remember when journalists knew that, too.

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