Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happiness is a Warm Gun (bang, bang, shoot, shoot.......)

  "Happiness is a Warm Gun" from "Seekthestrainge.com 

"Happiness is a Warm Gun" from "Seekthestrange.com   

In 1967 John Lennon pinned a song that became a rock and roll classic -  released in 1968, as a part of the double album, "The Beatles," commonly known as "The White Album," came the words in all the Doo Wop splendor the Beatles could muster...
Happiness is a warm gun ( bang bang shoot shoot )
Happiness is a warm gun, yes it is (bang bang shoot shoot)
When I hold you in my arms (oh yes)
When I feel my finger on your trigger (oh yes)
I know nobody can do me no harm
Because happiness is a warm gun, momma 
Happiness is a warm gun -Yes it is.
Happiness is a warm, yes it is... Gun! 
Well don't ya know that happiness is a warm gun, momma? (yeah) 
Happiness (bang bang shoot shoot) 
Well don't you know that happiness (happiness) is a warm gun, (is a warm gun, yeah).
Now many people love to throw this song away as the rambling love song to shooting smack but John Lennon didn't like rig works.  As a needle-phobe, he snorted H.

John Lennon discussed the song in multiple interviews from 1968 to 1980 ....

From his 1971 interview with Jann Wenner, "Rolling Stone".
“Happiness is a Warm Gun” is a nice song. Oh, I like that one of my best, I had forgotten about that. Oh, I love it. I think it’s a beautiful song. I like all the different things that are happening in it. Like “God,” I had put together some three sections of different songs, it was meant to be— it seemed to run through all the different kinds of rock music. 
It wasn’t about “H” at all. “Lucy In The Sky” with diamonds which I swear to God, or swear to Mao, or to anybody you like, I had no idea spelled L.S.D.— and “Happiness”— George Martin had a book on guns which he had told me about— I can’t remember— or I think he showed me a cover of a magazine that said “Happiness Is A Warm Gun.” It was a gun magazine, that’s it: I read it, thought it was a fantastic, insane thing to say. A warm gun means that you just shot something.
Rolling Stone issues # 74 & 75  (21 Jan & 4 Feb, 1971) John Lennon: The Rolling Stone Interview by founding editor Jann S. Wenner Part One: The Working Class Hero Part Two: Life With The Lions

The song title came from a gun magazine title read in America...An article with  the banner headline "Happiness is a Warm Gun".

I would LOVE to be able to verify this story just one more time but , unfortunately John Lennon, author, song-writer, singer, musician, father, husband, activist, human, met his unseemly and untimely death at the hands of a "deranged" American with an easy-to-obtain hand gun.

I am sure many  question Lennon's story.  I mean, really, how believable is it that any publication would actually publish a story with the headline, "Happiness is a Warm Gun."  He must have been lying, right?

My husband (sometimes known as Rock Cosmos) - besides being one of the more peaceful, loving and cosmic touched individuals I have had the honor of meeting - is a gun owner.

In fact, he owns 2 hand guns -  Secured and locked away; not within 100 feet of a bullet unless and until he is at a range, fully protected and assured to be out of "range" of others.  They are used solely for the purpose of target practice.

Rock holds no silly delusions of needing them for "protection" or  because they are his "right" to own.   They are a tool - albeit, a dangerous tool but no more than a tool - that he has the "privilege" of using for the purpose of skill.  As one ages, one's skills soften and eye hand coordination is often lost.  Target practice is one way to help maintain that  skill - for the Rock, it becomes the Zen...a meditation.  One centers ones mind, body and being in order to make a single shot into a dot.   No pretense of needing or even desiring concealed carry; no collecting or hoarding; no delusions of grandeur - no swagger; no ignorant rhetoric.

When he purchased his first gun, he got on the "list" for the NRA and for, what appears to be, every gun manufacturer and promoter on the planet - Robocalls at every election asking for contributions and support of only GOP candidates supporting "conservative" and  "family" values;  Calls and literature for campaigns to fight  "Obama's attempt to take away our guns;"  Calls from the NRA directly (or representatives thereof, usually little old ladies calling to discuss the evils of the leftist attempts to destroy our Constitution);  Calls from the Tea Party in Texas (love those)  trying to gain support for "True the Vote;"  Brochures, letters, mailers cards of all types advertising grips to ammo to accessories;  Letters, mailers, cards, applications, promotions for every gun show, gun expo, hunting promotion,  and gun/arms institution on the planet - even holiday cards from the NRA..

Yesterday,  Rock received the following in a letter offering him a Holiday "gift"..A subscription to "Guns Magazine" for only $9.98.  It appears the rhetoric of gun magazine publications has not changed since 1967...
"WARNING: Reading GUNS magazine regularly may cause your guns to speak."

"WARNING: Reading GUNS magazine regularly may cause your guns to speak." 

The full text:
Sometimes, some guns speak to us. I've heard it many times. There is an ephemeral connection that can't be explained scientifically.  No one else can hear it, but it is there.  For a gun to speak to someone the listener has to be true "gun people."  People who use guns just as a tool don't hear them speak.  I'd venture most hunters don't hear guns speak.  A gun that's stored away in a closet for all but a week or two a year doesn't talk to its owner, nor does one that sits in a night stand drawer for home defense purposes.  Guns only speak to avid shooters.
 I was visiting with a reader at a match not long ago, but deep in my brain I mush have heard, "Hey you. Look over here."  When I swiveled my head to the right about 20 yards away my eyes spotted a Lone Star Rifle Company reproduction Rolling Block .45-70  with color case hardened action and beautiful wood complete with checkering.  There was a "For Sale" sign on it   I said to the reader, "Hold that thought."  One look at the rifle and its price tag was enough.  I slapped the owner with the money so hard it almost bowled him over.  While I was shelling out the greenbacks I could here that rifle whispering.  "Atta-boy big guy!  You and me are going to win some matches together."
What I determined is some guns come and some guns go.  Many may not even be remembered   But when one speaks I listen.
I do note that the author of this little piece has little knowledge of punctuation, spelling or homonyms,  leading me to deduce that, either, writing is not his  forte, or, he is a post-Reagan era graduate from an American institution of "higher learning."   The writing speaks to the same insanity, expressed in that title read by John Lennon, inspiring  his song title and lyric in 1967 ....

(As a side, Rock says his guns never speak to him,  don't sing and definitely don't hum.)

The scary part, for me, is that there are people who buy this crap - who live and breathe this crap.  Who buy the magazines, the look, the spiel, the swagger and the belief their guns talk to them;  That a gun needs to be loved and caressed  and carried; That they need to be "protected" by it though it is no "protection"; That they have to "defend" themselves yet there is no enemy other than the one they create in their head or the few who may push others into becoming a threat by their attitude, anger and anti-social acting out;  That a gun is their right - and not just one but entire arsenals.

And "Guns Magazine" promotes a culture of fascination with things that kill...

"Gun Magazine"  "Gun of the Month Giveaway" for March 2012 - was an Adcor Defensee Semi-automatic .223/5.56 mm with a capacity of 30. a 34.5-38.25" 7.6 lb rifle with scope, body armor, binoculars, bi-pod and 9 3/4" knife...all for that lucky winner!

"Gun Magazine" "Gun of the Month Giveaway"  for March 2012 - was an Adcor Defensee Semi-automatic .223/5.56 mm with a capacity of 30. a 34.5-38.25" 7.6 lb rifle with scope, body armor, binoculars, bi-pod and 9 3/4" knife...all for that lucky winner!

Well, Mr. Lennon...You nailed it well in 1967...  

In the US, for many, the delusion of  happiness is promoted by the insanity espoused by the "Guns Magazine" publishers, the LaPierres, the Hestons (as in Charlton) and the makers of those WMDs all playing to the depravity of a society's underbelly.

Their marketing works for the immature and the willfully ignorant; the ideologue and the alienated grasping for anything to gain some illusion of control and power.  They encourage the zeitgeist of fear and impotence by offering up a poor substitute then encourage its use as a defense against imaginary "others".....

Ideologues united under a bloody banner of exceptionalism that we, as a nation, have embraced.


Besides "Guns Magazine," we have a few others of note - specifically promoted on the internet by Ammoland.....

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