Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It's a Figure of Speech

While reading the Sunday edition of the Kansas City Star, I noticed an article about an unfortunate accident involving a person accidentally shooting himself. 








If you are unable to read the text:  Basically it is about a man taking a class to get a concealed gun permit.  He inadvertently tried to unholster his weapon with his left hand (being right handed) and shot himself.  He died from the injury.

Note:  I removed the actual names of the people from the articles in a modest attempt to protect their identity. I, personally, feel bad for the guy to have this act of stupidity be part of his eulogy.  I tend to worry that I will do something really stupid that is going to result in a really bad obit.


Anyway, back to the point of today's post....
The reason this story stood out to me was that directly opposite it on the next page (pretty much even with it horizontally) was another article.

Note:   If you are unable to read this one, let me give you a synopsis.  This person is writing to the editorial page that encourages people to get concealed weapons in an effort to insure their safety.  His thought is that you can't rely 
on the police or security to act quickly
 enough to help.



At this point the title: Guns Ensure Safety doesn't seem right.


Today's post isn't about taking a stand on concealed weapons.   I have already established in past posts that I don't have a gun and probably shouldn't be allowed to have one as clutzy as I am.  Besides, my house is armed with dust and cat hair. With any luck at all my intruders will have asthma or at the very least allergies.  Even if they don't have a severe asthma attack, (but let's hope they do) perhaps the fit of sneezing will give me ample warning to get out of the house.


Today's post is, "has there ever been a better example of irony?"

I would suspect that when the writer of the "editorial" letter, saw it's placement in the paper, he was less than pleased. I would guess he wasn't debating whether it fits the definition of irony as much as it certainly fits the definition of unfortunate. (at least as far as him making a case for concealed weapons ensuring personal safety)


For me I was left wondering if this really is an example of irony?

Or is it a paradox???

Or is it an antithesis???

Or is it satire???


The actual definition and proper use for irony seems to have everyone confused. In fact, one of the web sites that has examples of  an ironic phrase used this one:

Irony is the fact that most people don't understand the definition of irony. 


One more figure of speech for today. Here is a hyperbole for you.

This momma kitty is working her kitty butt off.






The Good for the day.....Spring is getting nearer. 


The Bad for the Day....The sad things that are happening in the world.


The Weird for the day...This weird for the day has absolutely nothing to do with today's topic. But I can't believe I am just now hearing about the Chris Farley look alike baby??  I try to keep informed on important current events.

8 comments:

AngelBaby said...

Great post! I don't know what I would have thought if I had written the story about how carrying guns keep us safer. LOL! I know that I should not have a gun because I can't even hit the side of the barn with a gun. I am a really bad shot!

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Love and Blessings,
AngelBaby

oldereyes said...

Terrific post. I am a "no gun guy" but my son-in-law comes from a family of hunters. It's hard to get used to there being guns around even though he is very responsible (gun safe and all). Being a cat person, I loved the kittens on a slide.

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Bud aka Older Eyes

Liggy said...

Glad to see you share your post with Top Sites Tuesday this week. That IS sad how carelessness can cause a person's own death. I've heard of others getting killed while improperly cleaning their guns out.

BTW that is a very cute video of the kitties. I had to call my kids over to see it. It was a nice relief to my springtime allergies. (Unfortunately for me, spring weather is nice but it's also a bad time for my allergies).

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Wolfbernz said...

Hi Cheryl,

I agree, nice post!
Guns can be a very dangerous thing to carry. It is important to pay good attention in class so one does not get hurt as in this situation.
It's amazing they would print both across from each other without catching it!

Happy Tuesday

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Wolf
PS I grabbed your button and put it on the blog.

Trina said...

I am all for concealed carry weapons. There are many people out there carrying guns concealed, although it is unfortunate that this guy had an accident.

Living on the farm, guns are a part of life - hunting, protection, wild rabid animals... I can understand how city folk don't quite see the need, but out here we treasure our second amendment rights :)

And I have to say, I love your weird thought of the day - she really does look like Chris Farley! LMBO!

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--Trina

Brandon said...

Nice post and blog. I don't know what the best example of irony is, but I'd say accidentally killing yourself with a weapon intended to protect your safety probably qualifies. If there is such a thing as a "good way to go", that certainly wouldn't be it.

I think momma kitty has the right idea about safety. Make your home on top of a slide so nobody can ever sneak up on you.

Cheryl said...

Thanks, Brandon. Not a good way to go....funny,
heh, heh. Wish I would of thought of that line.

Liggy said...

Glad to see you share your post with Top Sites Tuesday this week. That IS sad how carelessness can cause a person's own death. I've heard of others getting killed while improperly cleaning their guns out.

BTW that is a very cute video of the kitties. I had to call my kids over to see it. It was a nice relief to my springtime allergies. (Unfortunately for me, spring weather is nice but it's also a bad time for my allergies).

Clicks for you!