Seems a common enough occurrence in our daily, entertainified, scripted world.
Our Hero, faced with a padlocked cage, is helpless and unmanned, until someone arrives with a gun. In moments, using the awesomely fine-tuned Swiss-Army-Knife complexity of A GUN, his prison cell is broken open, and everyone is free.
Our Hero, faced with an asteroid bearing down on his home planet, is helpless and unmanned until someone makes A GREAT BIG-ASS-GUN for him. Then, using magical orbital mechanics, he "shoots" the asteroid in half, which "sails off to either side" of the Earth (in a way that's completely not a joke to all known laws of physics) and everyone is free.
Our Hero, faced with a recalcitrant and obstinate tool on the other end of an intercom, ends the conversation BY SHOOTING THE INTERCOM which totally turns it off just like a switch.
Our Hero, faced with ________________— has but one tool, HIS BIG THICK GUN, and solves the problem ______________
Oh, I mean to say "solves the problem by SHOOTING IT WITH HIS BIG MANLY THICK GUN."
Because in America, that's how stupid we are. We know two things to do with a problem: run away from it, or turn and shoot it. Because putting a bullet through the meat and gristle of a complicated problem is always the best way to fix it.
Most of the time in Reality-land, that isn't how problems get solved. In reality-land, guns are meant for and made for doing one thing, putting holes in other objects. Usually people. Putting a hole in a door won't open the door. Putting a hole in an asteroid won't alter the asteroid's course. Putting a hole in a can, a button, a switch, a roof, a floor, a lever -- none of those things will solve the most common problem you may have with them. Believe it or not.
This attitude is so pervasive in our culture that I know I will see it happen at least 3 times tonight between getting home, and falling to sleep. If I watch any US-oriented programming from any era of our history, I will definitely see at least 3 cases of gun-oriented problem solving before the night is through.
Despite the fact that in reality the only problem a gun can solve is too many living people.
I made this comment first on a seed regarding the 15-year-old kid who gunned down his entire family. My point is, that 15-year-old, in accordance with the depraved standards of the gun-cult and the National Rifle Association, has been taught, likely his entire life, that any problem he can't out-think or out-run, he can probably shoot to solve.
This is a monstrous, hideous mode of thought that has begun to consume all other rational thought in our culture, and it doesn't appear to be getting any better. Don't take my word for it. Go watch any US TV show tonight, and remember as you watch that over 99% of the time when the hero solves a problem that is too difficult for him or the dumbasses writing the show to reason out, he will simply fire a gun at the problem to make it go away. See if I'm wrong about this.