Pressure Cookers are the New Assault Rifles

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This entire sad story is a sign of the Swedenization of America as companies and organizations engage in hysterical attempts to avoid offending anyone and everyone out of fear of falling victim to the grind of the outrage machine.

Yesterday, “Rights Views” reported that the home-goods retailer, Williams-Sonoma pulled pressure cookers from shelves in some of their stores “out of respect” for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

It’s crazy enough when guns get this kind of treatment, but even crazier when pressure cookers do. If the Muslim terrorists had used a car bomb, would we be clearing away cars everywhere out of respect for the victims?

This is what happens in a feeling culture when the emphasis is not on doing the right thing or the sensible thing, but on feelings. Feelings are not rational and neither is pulling pressure cookers off the shelf.

But don’t worry, if you aren’t happy with what Williams-Sonoma did, they will apologize for that too.

In response to this report Pat Connolly, a Williams-Sonoma spokesperson, provided “Right Views” a statement regarding the decision, including an apology to anyone who was offended:

“Pressure cookers are available at all our stores nationwide.

“In the days immediately following the tragic bombings in Boston a local decision was made to remove pressure cookers from the sales floor of the stores near where the bombing occurred. We apologize if we offended anyone by this action.”

Why would anyone be offended? What is Williams-Sonoma even apologizing for? They did something senseless out of fear of offending anyone. Then they’re apologizing for the senseless thing even though no one could possibly be offended.

Is there a National Pressure Cookers Association? Cooks who are offended at being lumped in with terrorists?

It’s a silly story, but it’s a symptom of something more serious. We’re becoming an irrational culture whose organizations are responsive to emotions, not facts, and are forever afraid of being dubbed insensitive.

The hysteria over gun control is a result of emotional manipulation. That hysteria has already penalized countless schoolchildren targeted for having the wrong shirt, the wrong keychain or a pop tart chewed into the shape of a gun.

Next up, pressure cookers. And after that? Anything and everything at all.

  • Mary Sue

    Sad that we live in an era where in the media, emotions trump logic.

    • Roger

      This is faster than redefining words and gives them time to figure out what they want the language to be.

    • truebearing

      Aha!! I knew it! You're one of those Emotionophobes!

      • Mary Sue

        you gosh darn rights I am! ;)

  • Softly Bob

    Ban pressure cookers, nails, anything sharp, boxing gloves (unless covered with feather dusters) and anything that is flammable. No gasoline, no oils of any type. Cars can run on unicorn sweat.
    That is the only way that we can all sleep safe at night. Ban everything that may or may not be used as a weapon.
    Don't ban Islam though, because anyone with an ounce of intelligence knows that it is a religion of peace!

    • Not Ovenready

      Good grief….what if one has a deadly stare??? I better get used to blindfolds. Funny, but this nonsense can and will become the new reality. We're done.

  • truebearing

    Damn! Right when I was planning to stockpile an arsenal of Assault Cookers! Where's the luck?

    I'm wondering when fire will be banned. Sure, it heats our homes and is relaxing to watch in the fireplace, but someone could use it destructively, so it should be banned. Of course, millions will freeze to death as a result of the ban, but we can't ban cold because it's natural, so I guess we all have to freeze.

    The linguistic tyranny of Political Correctness has left far too many people confused and scared of their own shadow. People are now apologizing for their footprints….unless the footprint is the result of a properly executed goose step. The redefinition of meaning and morality has created chaos in the weakmined of America. Weakmindedness is fertile soil for totalitarianists… like Muslims and Marxists.

  • Anonymous

    I remember pressure cookers — decades and decades ago — they had a "regulator" on top which would spin and bobble as it let off excess pressure. They would shake and make a lot of noise. But they made a fantastic, tender stew. (A couple of weeks ago Americas Test Kitchen argued that pressure cookers should come back in vogue; they are such a versatile appliance, you can make risotto in 10 minutes; and they gave a recommendation for a certain brand. I was thinking of purchasing one…then April 15 occurred, guess I'll have to wait till the furor dies down. Ridiculous.)

  • WilliamJamesWard

    One day this type of conduct will be brought to a conclusive end to stupidity, air will be used
    to transport vaporous poisons and the government will have all of the air banned, sucked off
    of the planet, oh glorious day. It would be funny if it were not so pathetic, PC is a thorough
    going disease……..Stupid goes right along with it and we get sicko's running the show.
    Conservatism is the only remedy………………………..William

  • Moishe Pupick

    Th., 04/25/13

    Some reasonable, common-sense restrictions of the purchase and sale of pressure cookers are obviously needed now. I hope that the President will create a Pressure Cooker Tzar.

  • trickyblain

    That woman in the picture holding the pressure cooker is obviously an evil hag. What about the children? How many must die so she can make quick, easy and nutrient-rich Chicken Piccata?

    • Softly Bob

      Chicken Piccata contains chicken, which of course is a vegan nightmare. Animals should not be exploited by mankind!

      Whoops, I'm picking on vegans now which has nothing to do with what we are talking about.
      Or is it?
      Oh, yes, I forgot… the vegans are food Nazis. They are Nazis, the same as all Leftists.
      I'm sick and tired of Marxists, Do-gooders, Muslim apologists, Green freaks, Gay marriage supporters and all the other meddling Leftists who want to destroy freedom, the family and Western civilisation. They are Godless idiots with no common sense. Their own stupidity and complicity is jointly responsible for the deaths that occur due to Islamic fundamentalism, Maoism, Stalin-ism, Fascism and all the other crackpot ideologies that exist on God's Earth.
      I really have no time for these morons.

  • JacksonPearson

    If it wasn't pressure cookers, it'd been something else to send the knee jerking jackasses into a frenzy. Red flags and lights were immediately turned on in Sen. Lautenberg's (D-NJ) head to control black gun powder.

  • slider 96

    Actually this event has brought out the "Knee-Jerking -Jacasses " on both sides . That FAU professor is at it again , except now it's the Marathon Bombing was a government test for effectiveness in Casualties . And of course Weepy-boy-Beck with his conspiray theories .
    Truth of the matter is , pressue cookers make a very good and effective type of pipe bomb . They're round and blast pressure as well as schrapnel is omni-directional and as for black powder , it can be made quite easily , all making this type of bomb , in conjunction with how to instructions on the internet , the mass destruction weapon if choice.
    So now what ?

  • tagalog

    How come Massachusetts law criminalizes the possession of " assault weapons" but the cops had them? Is it now OK for the cops to break the law?

    Oh, I see: Massachusetts General Laws exempt the cops using them in a law enforcement activity so obviously it's OK. Sorry; I'll shut up about this interesting special treatment of the cops over the rest of us.

  • AdinaK

    Banning pressure cookers is as insane as banning guns. But BANNING Islamists from western shores is a mark of sanity! The same mental midgets who babble about gun control are the same leftists who are pining for unfettered illegal immigration!
    Therefore, let us ban all talk of banning, other than in relation to Muslim immigration. Do get started on checking the associations of Muslim Americans who are already part of the fabric.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

    • PhillipGaley

      "and neither is pulling pressure cookers off the shelf."?

      I know, it doesn't make sense, but, . . . at least someone's doing something, . . .

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