Just like Leave it to Beaver

So I post over at DadBloggers once a month (my latest). In my first post, I reacted to a fellow DadBlogger who was telling his kids that Santa wasn't real. I said "Lighten up, Francis." He (and his wife) didn't really take kindly to that. So I added his RSS feed and kept up with his blog. On the surface, we have some things in common. Both involved in technology companies, both fathers to young kids, and we both want to start our own businesses selling guns. Wait. What?

Because I subscribe to this guy's feed, I noticed a post he did recently about entrepreneurship. He wants to start his own company. I think that's great. It's hard. And as the post notes, there are all kinds of reasons you can fail. I've worked at start ups for 7 years or so, and I love it. Then I went to the site for the company he's trying to get off the ground - Live To Shoot. I literally laughed out loud when I read the slogan.

Bringing The Family Back Together

Through Shooting and Firearms.

Good People, Good Guns, Good Fun

It's funny, because I was going to start a website promoting machete safety to small children, but it never really took off. I don't have any problems with guns or people that own them. And gun control is never going to happen anyway - for better or worse, guns are part of the American Heritage - they are part of the American Dream for many people.

But - bringing the family back together? I would vote for Parchesi before weapons, but maybe that's just because I don't live in Texas. I'll leave you with a quote from Bill Hicks, THE great stand up comedian:

"England, where no one has guns; fourteen deaths. United States -- and I think you know how we feel about guns; whoo! I'm getting' a stiffy -- 23,000 deaths from handguns. But there's no connection, and you'd be a fool and a communist to make one."


Jeff Dowdle said...

Thanks for taking the time to check out what we are doing. I appreciate your position and stereotypes like you have towards firearms and shooting sports is what we are trying to tear down. If you have time, check out some of these sites and see what they are doing to help develop our youth and provide activities that families can do together.


Khyle said...

I'm lazy, can you just spell it out for me?

What stereotypes exactly do I have? That guns shoot things? Is that a stereotype?

The Macek Collective said...

you fuckers are stealing all of my good ideas. You kids get off of my intellectual property lawn.

Anonymous said...

I find this post funny. Khyle clearly says he has no problem with guns or people that own them - it's just obviously not for him and his family. AND THAT IS OKAY! I've shot guns before, actually kinda enjoyed it, but I don't want to introduce my kids to them. Not necessary in my world. And I agree with both Khyle AND Bill Hicks - gun control will never happen in America, BUT we clearly need something to stop all the gun violence.

Woodchuck said...

So, am I a bad Dad for not getting my little girls a pink AK-47 for Christmas with "Hello Kitty" on the stock?