Szpylbert cartoon of a ridiculous gun

According to this commentary, many Americans will want to own guns because of deeply ingrained cultural myths. As someone who thinks about the evaluation of stuff, Szpylbert might have something, well… unconventional to add to the gun control debate. Here goes:

As every boy knows, firearms have a special aesthetic to them that makes them appear functional, dangerous and cool. That’s because they literally are precision engineered killing instruments. But what if guns were to appear ridiculous rather than dangerous? Think sex toys… Szpylbert imagines that far fewer crimes would happen with ridiculous looking guns. Maybe there’s an approach here. Make guns look like what they really are: absurd, pointless objects that should be embarrassing to own.