The Nanny State comes to Iraq

After almost eight years of U.S. occupation and nation-building in Iraq, elements of contemporary Western civilization finally are taking root in this Middle Eastern nation.  The Nanny State has finally arrived in Baghdad.  As noted in a recent story in The New York Times, Iraq’s Ministry of Health is pushing for a ban on the sale of toy guns.  

In a move reminiscent of the popular holiday movie, A Christmas Story, in which Ralphie’s mother repeatedly voices every mother’s fear that their child will “shoot their eye out” if allowed to possess a BB gun, Iraqi officials are focusing their anti-toy gun effort on air guns that shoot rubber pellets. Such toy guns are among the most popular for Iraqi boys. 

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has raised the practice of mandated gun control to new levels in the Big Apple, must be proud of this latest news out of Baghdad.  Indeed, Baghdad’s mayor soon may join Bloomberg’s anti-gun organization, “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.” 

Forget the fact that suicide bombers continue to maim and kill large numbers of civilians in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities.  Don’t worry that U.S. forces remain embattled and subject still to being shot, killed, and bombed.  Do not fret that Iraq’s president continues to enrich himself and his cohorts at the expense of U.S. taxpayers.  

Iraq soon may become so civilized the government will count a Consumer Product Safety Commission among its most important official departments.  Of course, to visit the agency you’ll have to pass through several layers of security and IED barriers; but you’ll be able to do so secure in the knowledge that toy guns no longer will be found on the shelves of Baghdad’s street merchants.

- by Bob Barr, The Barr Code

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Joel Edge

January 5th, 2011
6:28 am

Just goes to show, nannies exist world wide. They’re like cockroaches, you never get all of them.

Mark

January 5th, 2011
6:55 am

It’s called enculturation Bob. The suicide bombers, terrorists, and insurgents all started out as children, just like every other human. In our country children may have access to toy guns, but they’re not surrounded by the kind of violence that permeates Iraqi life. In a land where some children are encouraged to kill each other over religious belief, providing them with even a mock means of doing so only helps to perpetuate the problem. While i agree that banning something like that would be idiotic in the US, I have to say that their world is not the same as ours. Iraq is not America, and even we took over 200 years to get to where we are. Again, i agree that they deserve to enjoy liberty like we do, but i think in their case it’s more important to stop the violence first, so that they are free to express that freedom, and not be killed for it like the governor in Pakistan.

Joel Edge

January 5th, 2011
7:01 am

Nannies, they exist everywhere. Like cockroaches.

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sean smith

January 5th, 2011
7:26 am

World will be a better place with less guns, toy or otherwise. We should do the same here.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 5th, 2011
7:35 am

If the Iraqis were not so-controlled by American leftists, they would train young children how to shoot suicide bombers.

A question

January 5th, 2011
8:00 am

“Again, i agree that they deserve to enjoy liberty like we do,”

What country does Mark live in?

get out much?

January 5th, 2011
8:22 am

For a second there, I thought this was going to be about Sunday alcohol sales (or cold medicine) …

carlosgvv

January 5th, 2011
8:23 am

Thousands of people are killed every year in this country by guns. If our politicans truly cared for us more than for the money they get from gun manufacturers they would outlaw private gun owernship. Only the police and military should have guns.

5 Easy Pieces

January 5th, 2011
8:44 am

BB guns? Air guns? This totally explains why all those birds are falling from the sky.

I guess Lady Liberty has her panties in a bunch over this one. However, martial law would dictate that in a war zone, toy guns are too easily mistaken for real ones.

and not just eyes will get shot out. I googled “BB guns” and “eyes shot out”, and discovered that over 14 million american children shoot their eyes out with BB guns every year. In China, the numbers are tenfold as much. In India, every fourth child is blind from BB guns. And in the small nanny state of Litchenstein, there are no children who aren’t blinded, maimed or suffering from ADD caused by the wounds inflicted by BB guns.

I think Iraq has 20/20 vision on this issue.

Common Man

January 5th, 2011
8:55 am

Thanks Bob…I feel really safe and secure this morning in the thought that the world must be in good shape today since all you can find to whine about is toy guns.

Dudley

January 5th, 2011
9:09 am

I grew up surrounded by kids with bb guns, as well as having one myself, and I dontknow anyone who shot out their eye with it. It isn’t any different than paintball guns, but we were tIght guns and gun safety at an early age

Dudley

January 5th, 2011
9:18 am

5 Easy pieces

Tried to google bb guns didn’t come up with 14 million eyes a year from bb guns, found 600000 sports related eye injuries including bb guns paintball guns baseball tennis etc

Brad

January 5th, 2011
9:24 am

Ragnar, you stupid mother f**ker. Our presence in Iraq is hardly due to leftists, and I defy you to identify any significant policy changes made by the present administration. Go ahead, show your ass again.

Brad

January 5th, 2011
9:31 am

Barr, I don’t understand the need to attack an effort to improve their society as any indication of a “nanny state”. Intellectually vacuous.

m

January 5th, 2011
9:35 am

ABSOLUTELY, the Nanny State has come to Iraq. After all the trillions of dollars spent to make Iraq free and democratic, Nanny Statism has taken over, back to business as usual. Does not make one iota of sense and at the same time the U.S. is drowning in debt. Thankfully, the republican law makers are not going to vote to raise the debt ceiling to 14 trillion dollars. Leave it to the GOP to return good old fashioned, down home economics to Congress. Now is time for old fashioned gramma style house cleaning. Get rid of the money mongers. amen

StJ

January 5th, 2011
9:57 am

“If our politicans truly cared for us more than for the money they get from gun manufacturers they would outlaw private gun owernship.”

…which would be in violation of their oath of office and subject them to impeachment. Last I checked, the 2nd Amendment is still part of the Constitution, apparently much to your dismay. I suppose it would have made you feel better if that guy at Ingles was shot instead of his attacker.

You are more than welcome to move to China, Cuba, Mexico, Iran, or some other country where civilian firearms ownership is banned. If those are too far, try Chicago, New York, or The People’s Republik of Kaifornia…they don’t care about the Constitution in those places.

John K

January 5th, 2011
10:25 am

What’s the random Bloomberg jab, Bobby? He won’t accept your friend request on Facebook?

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 5th, 2011
10:51 am

If 14 million children in America shot their eye out with a BB gun each year, in about 10 years, close to half the population would only have one eye. I don’t believe that figure.

carlosgvv

January 5th, 2011
11:14 am

StJ

So thousands of people being murdered by guns every year is ok with you as long as you have your precious “civilian firearms ownership”. That tells me everything I need to know about you.

Jeb

January 5th, 2011
11:46 am

Guns don’t kill…funny

Darwin

January 5th, 2011
11:56 am

Bob – You’re losing your mind. Take some time off.

killerj

January 5th, 2011
11:56 am

Imagine if you took the oil profits away what would happen? for a loaf of bread I,ll kill you in the name of Alla! their country is one big excuse for God while they do the opposite,ooops now I,m on the death list for making fun,get our men and women out of there they die for nothing all for the greed of money.

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generalno

January 5th, 2011
1:03 pm

This is the first step toward collapse of Iraqi civilization back into the pit of tribal domination. Thank God only a minority in our own great nation are shallow enough to believe the crap now being embraced by the collapsing EU, oppressed communists and those already starving under privileged dictators. Even the current administration in this heretofore free nation tries every day in a thousand ways to control the collective American mind. Controlling toys is a form of brainwashing & indoctrination that’s far outside the realm of government authority — except in the mind of libs who failed to separate themselves from years of liberal indoctrination.

Jim S

January 5th, 2011
1:24 pm

The point everyone seems to be missing here is. These people have been fighting since before there was written history. I do believe the first recorded war was in that area in the 9th century BC. So guns are just more efficient than stones and sticks.
Before you blast me. I’m a retired Marine and have been raised around guns. If treated with respect, they are a tool.
The point I’m making here is that we as a country have gotten soft. We are forgetting that without the ability to protect yourself and you family. You become a target. Not only from thieves but the gov’t of the country you live.

A government that has an armed people is a scared government.

The retards live on Bookman's blog

January 5th, 2011
1:37 pm

Since Iraq is becoming a nanny state, maybe Nancy Pelosi and Cynthia Tucker will move there.

The retards live on Bookman's blog

January 5th, 2011
1:37 pm

“World will be a better place with less guns”

Yeah, it works for Chicago where the gun laws have driven up deaths. Stupid much?

The retards live on Bookman's blog

January 5th, 2011
1:38 pm

Since no one is reading Obama’s crappy books, maybe the Iraqis can use them as weapons to throw at suicide bombers.

Annie Nomolous

January 5th, 2011
2:05 pm

Truth be told, if a (boy) child is NOT given a toy gun, he will pick up a stick and pretend it is a gun. It is like gravity, there simply is nothing you vcan do to change it.

mark

January 5th, 2011
2:15 pm

I would assume that given the current state of violence in Iraq, that toy guns could lead to children being gunned down by U.S. Forces who mistake them for insurgents. I think it is a good idea to not allow Toy Guns in Iraq.

The retards live on Bookman's blog

January 5th, 2011
2:21 pm

“I think it is a good idea to not allow Toy Guns in Iraq.”

Then again, no one cares what you think.

Winfield J. Abbe

January 5th, 2011
2:40 pm

The United States must totally get out of Iraq and Afghanistan immediately and cut off all foreign aid to Israel and every other country. For just once, our security must come first. If we continue to borrow money we do not have, nature will take its course and destroy America faster than any army can. This is serious stuff folks. Every dollar counts. We must stop spending money like a drunken sailor.

The retards live on Bookman's blog

January 5th, 2011
3:24 pm

Winfield J. Abbe

The best way to save money is to repeal Obozocare.

StJ

January 5th, 2011
3:46 pm

Amen, Jim. Semper Fi!

Mr. Spock

January 5th, 2011
4:04 pm

Mark. From the stories told by a few service men that I know that have been to Iraq…your proposition is very logical…i.e. toy guns can be mistaken for the real thing. I don’t think the issue is a BB gun shooting out an eye, but a toy being mistaken by a real weapon in a location that has essintially been a combat zone. Of course, Bob probably considers the military a “nanny” too.

Peter

January 5th, 2011
4:19 pm

Boy the amazing silly statements here !!!!!!

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 5th, 2011
7:35 am

If the Iraqis were not so-controlled by American leftists, they would train young children how to shoot suicide bombers.

Gee Bush and the Cheney’s are all leftists ! Halliburton, and all the Oil Companies that finally get the black gold are all leftists.

Scott

January 5th, 2011
5:05 pm

Thousands of people are killed every year in this country by guns. If our politicans truly cared for us more than for the money they get from gun manufacturers they would outlaw private gun owernship. Only the police and military should have guns.

Thanks for saying that carlos! Now I know that I’m not the dumbest person that visits the AJC blogs.

Swede Atlanta

January 5th, 2011
5:39 pm

Bob doesn’t seem to understand the first thing about child development. Child come to accept as “normal” and “acceptable” that which they experience during their formative years. Children that play with guns and play “kill em dead” come to see the use of guns against others as normal.

I’m not suggesting that every child that plays with a toy gun is going to become a killer but use of these in childsplay tends to mute the perceived danger and responsibility of using them.

Once a child is old enough to distinguish between play and real life, training and use of a firearm is appropriate. While I believe reasonable gun control laws are necessary in a civilized society, I accept that people can be trained in the safe and lawful use of these at the appropriate age.

Iraqi society is ravaged by the use of guns and bombs to kill and maim. Anything they can do to minimize the acceptance of violence as a means to an end is worth considering.

Maximus

January 5th, 2011
7:12 pm

Bob should be barred from writing. He has a problem with “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”. I would think even the NRA would be against illegal guns.Seems like a worthwhile pursuit to be against illegal guns. This isn’t about Iraq, its a poor attempt at some sort of political statement. Just what you’d expect from Bob.

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AdobeRGB

January 5th, 2011
8:50 pm

The “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” would have been called “Mayors Against All Guns” if they wanted to be truthful about it. The initiatives they push have nothing to do with illegal guns or criminals and are directed squarely at people who legally own their guns.

Many of the members and former members of this group are felons themselves. Some of the charges thay have been convicted of include:

-assaulting a police officer
-attempted child sexual assault
-child enticement
-child pornography
-conspiracy
-fabricating evidence
-conspiracy to fabricate evidence
-obstruction of justice
-perjury
-bribery
-corruption
-extortion
-fraud
-filing false tax returns
-influence peddling
-money laundering
-theft

…and (wait for it)…

…carrying a concealed weapon.

Oh the irony!

Such a noble, outstanding group of people. :roll:

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5 Easy Pieces

January 6th, 2011
8:43 am

Proof that over 14 million children shoot their eye out with a BB gun every year is found by googling “Glass Eye Sales” or “Seeing Eye Dog camp”. (this one time, at seeing eye dog camp…..)

And now you know the REST of the story.

n

January 6th, 2011
2:03 pm

There are 4 essential human freedoms;
#1 freedom of speech and expression
#2 freedom to worship
#3 freeom from want
#4 freedom from fear
Now if Iraq has all four then the American presence has all been worthwhile. According to many reports the 4th freedom has yet to be achieved. The U.S. must stay until all 4 objectives have been achieved.
That being said, where is the money coming from to achieve these objectives? Iraq should achive these freedoms through their own self sacrifice and that is the way of true freedom.

Dr. Pangloss

January 6th, 2011
4:39 pm

Maximus
January 5th, 2011
7:12 pm

Bob should be barred from writing. He has a problem with “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”. I would think even the NRA would be against illegal guns.Seems like a worthwhile pursuit to be against illegal guns.
——————

The NRA has evolved from a benign outfit that taught gun safety to Boy Scouts to an outright subversive organization that openly talks about armed insurrection, i.e., killing American soldiers if you don’t like the legislation passed by our representative government.

Dr. Pangloss

January 6th, 2011
4:42 pm

From the CDC (old post from 1994):

Each year in the United States, approximately 30,000 persons with BB and pellet gun * -related injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments (EDs) (1). Most (95%) injuries are BB or pellet gunshot wounds (GSWs); 5% are other types of injuries (e.g., lacerations sustained inadvertently while cleaning or shooting a gun or contusions resulting from being struck with the butt of a gun) (1). Most (81%) persons treated for BB and pellet GSWs are children and teenagers (aged less than or equal to 19 years).

buck@gon

January 6th, 2011
9:09 pm

Mr. Barr,

This is off-topic certainly, but I have to say. Your picture above ought to be changed.

Your striped shirt, you see, looks like an ascot at that angle. With your glasses the way they are, you look just like the angry country-clubber villain in Caddyshack.