28 June 2001
Moby on U2, Guns and Elevation
Moby caught up with U2 on the Elevation stops in New York last week. It got him thinking, in particular Charlton Heston and the 'gun' film - as he writes on his own site.
Just got back from seeing U2 at Madison Square Garden. A very nice show. I appreciate their politics. I appreciate the fact that a huge rock band actually challenges people aesthetically and politically. I could see the big guys around me getting uncomfortable when U2 had a short anti-gun film. That's good.
It made me think that one thing we could all do as humans is to eliminate completely unnecessary suffering. There's a lot of suffering that is difficult to remedy and almost intractable, but so much suffering is seemingly easy to do away with. Gun violence. Simple. Guns aren't natural phenomenon like tornadoes. Guns could easily be done away with. Make them illegal. Why not? It's worked in other countries.
Some things seem so ingrained in our culture (like, oh, slavery, child labour, ddt, etc) until they're outlawed. Then they, to a very large and significant extent, go away. So make guns illegal. Across the board. Illegal. And they will, to a very large and significant extent, go away. They're just too dangerous to be owned and used by individual citizens. At least that's my opinion.
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