We all know "how the West was won." With guns! But now that it's won, do we still need them?
Being shacked away in a traveling bus has kept me in the dark (or brightness, depending on which way you look at it). While traveling, there was a major mishap with the use of guns in Colorado, and believe it or not in Toronto involving senseless shooting of people. My comment! What you see is what you do. How many guns does the average viewer see in one life time? Hundreds? Thousands? More than needs to be seen, that's for sure. Thanks to the way creative wonders of B/Hollywood and let's not forget Nollywood (Nigeria's answer to the silver screen) and all filmmakers who feel that the box office won't be full without bullets in the picture.
When I was a (well younger) some of my peers would boast about going hunting for deer and pheasants. I guess you feel like a real man putting that rifle under your arm.
Here's what I have to offer as an alternative to bracing that gun in the right arm. Japa beads are a string of what resembles bullets. There's a bag made of cloth which could be considered the holsters which holds the weapon. The weapon and beads are one and the same. You put your middle finger and thumb firmly on the trigger or a bead. There's also the use of the mouth, upper and lower lips, as well as the tongue. The index finger is let free while the two fingers, indicated before, keep busy moving from bead to consecutive bead. With the mouth you chant this ancient mantra which kills the enemy, hitting him dead on target. The mantra is, "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare." The enemies are six-fold - lust, anger, greed, madness, envy and illusion.
When you release the ammunition you do so with resolute determination. You are sure to feel like a warrior in the truest sense and satisfy any macho proclivity that exists in you.
One time I was approached by an RCMP officer, a mountie, while walking on the Trans Canada Highway. I had my hand in the bead bag and, seriously, he hid behind his cab thinking I was a madman with a weapon. When I explained that they were my meditational beads he became relieved. So, there's power in these beads. And you can feel the power when you take advantage of them.