Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Guns



Last week Connecticut enacted the nation's strictest gun control law in response to last December's gruesome murders of 26 students and teachers in Newtown.  President Obama visited Hartford yesterday to rally support for federal legislation.  People have strong feelings for and against restrictions on handguns and high capacity magazines.  While the topic of guns is in the news, it seems like a good time to show some of the items in the Colt Firearms collection in the Connecticut State Library.

Below is the entrance to the rooms holding the collection.  Above is a detail showing two crossed Colt pistols, taken from the wooden seal shown on the wall.

22 comments:

Tanya Breese said...

definitely a hot topic right now.

Lowell said...

The role played by Colt in the conquering of native peoples is also a "hot topic." I love wood, though, so I do like the "coat of arms".

So, how was Ghent and other places on the other side of the pond?

Doronette NF said...

great post and pictures !

Malyss said...

I prefer to see guns in a museum than anywhere else..

Sharon said...

Beautiful carving.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Mr Colt has a lot to answer for methinks Jack..

Sylvia K said...

Great shot for the day, Jack. I guess it's not the guns I have a problem with so much as it is the brainless, conscienceless people who insist on carrying/using guns so I would definitely prefer to see the guns in a museum. Hope you had a good trip and that you're enjoying being home again!!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

P.s. that Aboriginal is still there playing the didgeridoo at Circular Quay Jack..

Randy said...

Nice carving and yes a very hot topic indeed.

cieldequimper said...

I agree with Malyss and Grace.

RedPat said...

I don't know one person who owns a gun so the whole topic seems bizarre to me. They are so dangerous. Love the carving though.

LONDONLULU said...

I only know people who've used guns to hunt for food, and am on board with Malyss, Grace and Ciel. Nice wood carving.

Virginia said...

Bravo Connecticut. Here in Alabama, people just ran out and bought more. Heaven help us all.

I like guns all locked up in a museum. Nicely shot ( pun intened) Jack.

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VP said...

Bad or demented guys will always find a way to get guns and kill people. I can see the point in stricter rules, but demonizing guns is pure fundamentalism: I my everyday's life am more afraid of cars...

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautiful carving.

William Kendall said...

Very nice carving.

I do think that it should be harder to get a gun than it is to get a driver's license, that there needs to be regulation... and that no one needs the sort of weapon that fires off a hundred rounds before reloading. That's not something one uses to hunt.

Ed said...

Interesting post and pictures. I've always admired the craftsmanship that went into making firearms much as I admire the craftsmanship of any precision tool. I find it somewhat ironic that Connecticut, which benefited greatly from firearms manufacturing, now has the toughest gun control law in the country.

Michelle said...

A hot, and very controversial, topic right now.

Bob Crowe said...

Yes, I have very strong opinions about this one but this is not the place to raise them. The top photo is a strong image. Looks more like heraldry than weapons.

Stefan Jansson said...

If you don't own a gun it is harder to kill someone with a gun.

Kate said...

I've now looked at all the photos you have published, and can understand quite readily why gun control is such an issue for many people.

jennyfreckles said...

Big debate. I know which side I'm on but whatever stance you take it has big knock-on effects, some intended and some not.