Saturday Night Live took a rather amusing jab at American gun culture this past weekend. I say “rather amusing,” because, admittedly, I did chuckle a bit while watching it.
Yet, the satirization of one’s right to keep and bear arms begins to lose its comedic import when one considers the underpinnings of the message: America has too many guns, and we need to enact laws that greatly restrict the 2A.
Is that a fair takeaway? I’m I reading too much into the skit? I don’t think so. After all, one of the creative architects of the video is comedian Amy Schumer, a newfound devotee and spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun-control organization funded by billionaire business magnate Michael Bloomberg.
Following a shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, that was playing her movie “Trainwreck,” Schumer jumped on the gun-control bandwagon, endorsing tougher gun laws including universal background checks.
“These are not extreme ideas,” said Amy Schumer at an August press briefing where she was standing beside her distant cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “No one wants to live in a country where a felon, the mentally ill or other dangerous people can get their hands on a gun with such ease.”
“These shootings have got to stop,” she added. “I don’t know how else to say it.”
Like so many young, hip celebrities, Schumer seems to believe everything the mainstream media and anti-gun interests groups feed to her on firearms: Guns are bad. Guns are dangerous. Gun ownership should be heavily regulated.
But if she were to open her eyes, do some independent research and talk to some of her peers in Hollywood who are gun owners (Brad Pitt or Vince Vaughn may be helpful to talk to), she’d begin to realize that guns aren’t the problem — but bad people are the problem.
What we need to do is increase restrictions and regulations on evildoers, the dangerously mentally ill, violent felons, etc. We do that, we’ll reduce not only gun-related violence but all violence. It’s really not a hard concept to understand, especially if you take the time to think about it. Yet, asking anyone to think these days — let alone a Hollywood starlet — is like asking for rain while standing in the desert. It’s an impossibly tall order.