Monday, August 27, 2007

Monument to Stupidity

"Those who beat their swords into plowshares will end up plowing for those who didn't. -Anonymous"

At the intersection of N Central Ave & W Roosevelt St in Phoenix, AZ stands the "sculpture" you see to the left. From their site:

"Envision a sculpture in the middle of Central Avenue, more than twenty-four feet tall, made from four tons of melted down weapons: hand guns, shotguns, Saturday night specials, knives, etc., all used in the perpetration of terrible crimes against our fellow human beings. This sculpture depicts actual weapons at its base, and as it rises upward, like the Phoenix from the ashes, the weapons fuse into a powerful human symbol soaring toward the heavens. It does create a stunning visual awareness that hate, fear and violence can be changed. It will serve as a tangible reminder that everything is possible in life through our own will."

In keeping with the anti-gun forces philosophy of feeling over substance, they plan on making more of these monstrosities at taxpayer expense. These weapons could have been sold to help support more policing of troubled neighborhoods, or given to poor people who can't afford to buy a weapon to defend themselves. As it stands now, the very people they claim to be trying to help are still in danger. How many at risk citizens have died because they were unable to defend themselves since this Monument to Stupidity was erected? How many lives has this "sculpture" saved?

Instead of spending so much money on meaningless crap like this, how about spending the money on actually helping current and potential crime victims?

When I see things like this, I'm left shaking my head in disbelief.

Yuri out...