Sunday, March 23, 2014
The handgun has been painted to scale, in oil, and has a plain white background.
Why is this piece called 'Harmless'?
A handgun, in and of itself, poses no real danger or threat to anyone. As a handgun rights advocate, I personally believe that an individual who is armed, is safer than someone with a cell phone who can call the cops.
Yes, I do political artwork from time to time, and this is no different. Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and yet, as of 2012, the murder rate was 17% higher than it was the previous year. Chicago has been called the deadliest global city. The city of Chicago alone had about the same number of murders in 2012 as there was in the entire nation of Japan.
Coincidentally, Kennesaw, Georgia passed a law requiring every home to have a gun. Crime dropped by 50% and it has one of the lowest crime rates in the nation.
Basically, until an idiot gets a handgun, it, like this painting, is a harmless object.