That’s the photoshopped image sitting atop thedailybeast.com‘s Foster Parents Sue to Tote Guns & Tots. The article’s about a brace of Sooners who aren’t OK with OK Social Services’ new “weapon safety agreement.” It requires prospective parents to “maintain weapons in locked storage while in the foster/adoptive home or when not in use; not be carried on the parent’s body while the child is present; and to be kept unloaded or disabled and stored in a locked container while in an automobile.” Let’s look at that image . . .
The key point: the pasted-in AK has nothing whatsoever to do with the story. The foster parents’ beef is with the state’s foster parent carry ban for handguns.
Stephen carries a firearm for protection “whenever possible,” according to the suit. As such, he says the provision barring him from openly carrying a loaded weapon in his car or being strapped while playing with his foster child is burdensome.
Playing with children while carrying a gun! A loaded gun! The Daily Beast clearly thought this was the most egregious indeed offensive idea possible, and created the image to highlight their editorial bias. To do so, they show an AK-toting dad irresponsibly throwing a child in the air with the mother reaching out with worry. Guns guys are irresponsibly macho. Get it?
Although the article presents both sides of the”debate” over two Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms – around children! – author Brandy Zadrozny can’t help display the same condescending cynicism subjectivity personified by their image above her post.
Notwithstanding the threat of terrorists descending on Moore, Oklahoma, we know that when guns are present in the home, the risks of homicide, suicide, and accidental shootings skyrocket.
The good thing about illustrations is that they illustrate. In this case, the Beast has created an image the tells us exactly where they stand on gun rights. As if we didn’t know.