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