Kitchen-Knife Control: When Parody is Indistinguishable from Reality

This all came about because a crazed yahoo killed four people with a knife instead of a handgun in the fiefdom of Mayor for Life Michael Bloomberg. If said yahoo had used a handgun, His Honor would have rounded up his tame fellow mayors, gone to Washington, and treated us to yet another gun-control sermon in his adenoidal bleat. But it was knives, so he was silent.

I thought this was a shame, so I wrote the post of February 18, titled ("Bloomberg Calls for Kitchen Knife Law Reform"), stringing together the cliches that Bloomberg, and Chuck Schumer, and all the usual suspects have used, and substituted "kitchen knives" for "handguns" where appropriate. As reader Breaking Clays pointed out in his comment on the post (and he gets an A+ for this one), the most crushing criticism of an opponent's point of view you can make is when you write a truly idiotic parody of it and the parody is indistinguishable from the real thing. If this seemed real, it's because there's nothing in it you haven't seen or heard before, spoken or written, in dead seriousness.

By sheer coincidence, on 2/20, The New York Times published a piece entitled "The Rich, the Famous, the Armed." It was an examination of who gets full-carry permits in New York City, and to no one's surprise, the people who benefit from "reasonable gun laws" are Don Imus, Howard Stern, Robert De Niro, Donald Trump, and Harvey Keitel, to name some of the people you would recognize. The rest are simply rich, or well connected, or both.

Mayor Bloomberg, being a good oligarch, believes as George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, that "…all pigs are equal, but some are more equal than others."