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Our Crack Tongue & Groove

machine-gun.jpg What fresh hell is this?

What is it with Americans and guns? In a land where their citizens can turn up at the latest Batman film and start spraying bullets into the audience (he should have aimed for the screen – it’s tripe), guns are still venerated as the ultimate symbol of freedom. They’re marketed in such a way as to suggest that they’re not actually instant death dispensers but lifestyle accessories. (You can get pink ones! For the ladies!) And now Las Vegas has upped the ante when it comes to the whole “Hey! Aren’t guns really fun!” thing with Machine Gun Vegas. This is a 10,000-square-feet facility replete with large plasma screen TVs, complimentary refreshments and hostesses, who’ll happily supply you with menus featuring everything from handguns to World War II weapons to fully automatic machine guns. Crazy, huh? Instead of making moves to clamp down on their already incredibly lax gun laws, the authorities in the US continue to treat weapons as if they were bountiful sources of enormous fun for all the family. (Mind you, if I happened to be in Las Vegas at the same time as any members of the royal family – naked or otherwise – I’m sure I could find a good use for a large waterpistol.) RM