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Would you let your child play with this?

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posted August 3, 2010 at 9:40 am

Nope. I don’t like guns in general (other than water guns — not sure why they get a pass, but there ya’ go), and a God gun would put me right off.

And a God gun asking God to bless our God — I don’t even know what that means. Engrish maybe?

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posted August 3, 2010 at 9:42 am

I think it would be even better if it said “you’ll be seeing him soon” or something like that on it. haha. “meet your maker” with a Jesus pic. ha

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Sandy Sandmeyer

posted August 3, 2010 at 9:42 am

There is something just so very wrong about this item, not to mention the poor sentence structure. I agree with Alise, looks Engrish to me.

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posted August 3, 2010 at 9:43 am

No. Freaking. Words.

I am gobstopped by trying to imagine the mind that created this. My conjecture is that it was designed by someone for whom American pop culture is a grab bag of religious iconography and violent images. Like they mashed up Romeo+Juliet and Scarface.

I kind of want to smash ever copy in existence.

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posted August 3, 2010 at 9:56 am

I wouldn’t let my child play with this but – i would want to discuss it as art. Since this is in fact a ceramic piece done by artist Charles Krafft. Below is more on Charles and his work…

“Seattle artist Charles Krafft utilises the traditional techniques and materials of decorative Delft ceramic painting to explore the sometimes-Orwellian realities of our times. Images of natural and socio-political catastrophies decorate his ceramic objects. In addition to ironic commemorative plates and plaques, Krafft makes porcelain weapons and ammunition. Krafft has produced some amazing Delft pieces for this show including hand grenades, AK 47s and Tommy guns.”

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Amy Nabors

posted August 3, 2010 at 10:00 am

Definitely wouldn’t let the kiddo play with it. I do find it interesting that it’s an art piece. Makes a bit more sense as an art piece.

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posted August 3, 2010 at 10:05 am

I actually think it’s an interesting critique on the breakdown of religion when is becomes an expression of a cultural mandate. Which is in fact one of the great things about JesusNeedsNewPR. When the culture appropriates it’s religious forms to justify and motivate behavior then there’s an obvious disconnect between those forms and their true meaning. When you look at Charles’s work it becomes clear he’s wrestling with some of these issues and how it eventually causes a culture to “lose it’s soul” in a sense.
(FYI – I’m self-conscious about posting such a long comment but I’m passionate about art)

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posted August 3, 2010 at 10:46 am

i want this for me.

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posted August 3, 2010 at 11:03 am

I wouldn’t, but that’s only because it looks ridiculous (no offense, effeminate American Jesus). I will not be against my son playing with toy guns, though.

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Joe Crenshaw

posted August 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Awesome! God, Guns, Girls and Grilling meats, my Four G plan :)

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