According to the Phoenix City Council, Prescott Pete’s Highfalutin Shooting Gallery is crimethink and cannot be allowed. The carny type of entertainment allows customers to shoot laser guns at targets that appear in the arcade. No targets appear on humans. It’s simple fun with toy guns. But even toy guns must not be allowed at the Phoenix event because guns.
Phoenix held the annual Fabulous Phoenix 4th on Independence Day, including 50 vendors. One, however, was excluded. From dcourier.com:
Despite putting in an application, Prescott Pete’s Highfalutin Shooting Gallery, a mobile game that uses lasers to set off random targets within an Old West saloon setting, will not be one of those vendors because it was deemed inappropriate for the event after a review from the event’s committee.
“Everyone agreed that you have a great exhibit, but the City of Phoenix is very conscious about the perception of violence given the current climate,” stated the rejection letter.
“It’s a pretty straight forward decision that this committee made,” said Gregg Bach, public information officer for the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, which is in charge of organizing such events. “The planning committee was not comfortable with an exhibit/game that presented guns in a fun or glorified way.”
Note that the event committee agreed that the arcade was a “great exhibit”. It’s to be inferred that they would have been allowed except for one thing: guns. Note also that these are not real guns. They’re toys that are electrically powered and tethered to the exhibit. They’re perfectly safe for all ages.
But the City of Phoenix committee banned them for political reasons. The committee wants to demonize guns and make them unacceptable- Arizona is frequently rated the most gun friendly state in the United States. The gun culture there is alive and well. Just not in the City Council of Phoenix. There, the gun culture is reviled and hated. Guns must be shunned. Gun owners must be depicted as stupid and dangerous.
Behold what’s stricken fear in council members’ hearts:
“The planning committee was not comfortable with an exhibit/game that presented guns in a fun or glorified way.”
That’s crimethink at work. Even though the culture doesn’t agree with them, our betters will force everyone else to agree with them. This is how political correctness works.
Shooting galleries have a long tradition in the United States. That tradition has been attacked and watered down to where toy guns shooting harmless beams of light with low noise levels aren’t to be allowed because it “sends the wrong message.” I would like to believe that the members of the committee will be bounced out at the next election, but I doubt it.
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