Friday, September 7, 2012

Not funny - When whimsy crosses a line

In case you haven't noticed, I like Pinterest. A lot. But recently, I came across a pin that just wasn't funny to me. It's a hair dryer shaped like a gun. The caption and the comments were lighthearted and fun.

I don't find it funny.

Call me oversensitive, but when you lose two friends to suicide by firearm, things like this just aren't funny or cute. It's scary. Many look at this and see a harmless juxtaposition; I see violence. And I'm not anti-gun. I'm anti-suicide.

Did you know this?
Suicide is still the leading cause of firearm death in the U.S. In 2007, the U.S. firearm suicide total was 17,352 an increase from the 2006 national gun suicide number of 16,883.
Also, half of all suicides in this country are via firearms. 

Still cute? Funny?


  1. Wow. I don't find that cute or funny, either. I'm not anti-gun either, but I do think that some in our society have lost a sense of . . . what? Good judgment? Common sense? I'm not sure, but it's kind of disturbing.

  2. I saw it too. And I too am anti-suicide based on years of burying people who have died by their own hands including my best friend. I didn't find humour in it either. And I immediately thought about what someone would think or feel about it if they've lost a loved one as a result of gunfire in any way. I see I wasn't far off on my assumption. :(

  3. With so many clever and funny ways to create a product, I have to wonder about the mind that thought putting a gun-shaped object to one's head would be appealing. Here's one I hope never to see in a store I frequent!

  4. I have to say I find that disturbing and not at all amusing.

  5. Not only do I not find it funny, I find it offensive! The last image I'd ever want for my three girls is seeing their mom hold a gun up to her head day in and day out, even if it was only to blow dry my hair. Sick!

  6. Sick and offensive. One of my husband's cousins killed himself several months ago after struggling with mental illness for much of his life. I am sure this is not an image his Mom or Dad would ever want to see.

  7. Wow. That isn't cute or funny in any way.