Saturday Night Live on Gun Control

In our society today, the main opponent to our second amendment rights is not liberal politicians, but the culture. The culture decides questions of socio-political import, and then imposes the answers on society in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. So it’s strange but true that entertainers have a lot of influence over issues where they have no expertise.

Saturday Night Live this past weekend (10-10-2015) did two major pieces attacking gun rights.

First up was a fake commercial, more of a fake Public Service Announcement, which paired guns with people in important moments in their lives. “Guns are there. In little moments. And big ones.” Here’s the YouTube video.

I know it was meant to portray guns as unnecessary and dangerous to our lives. But it almost seemed pro-gun. A woman meets her boyfriend in a restaurant, and he gives her the gift of a Glock. Not a bad gift. A woman out jogging has a small snub nose revolver. Well, she needs some type of self-defense, out jogging alone, doesn’t she?

Then things got a little mean-spirited. A woman is on her way to the hospital to give birth. She has a bolt action rifle. Young couples are playing spin the bottle, except they are spinning a large revolver. The parents of a newborn give him/her a gift of a .22 Derringer. And a young couple are lying on their backs, looking at the stars; then they each take out a gun and start shooting into the air. No one behaves this way, so what are you criticizing? Then it ends with: “Guns. We’re here to stay.”

The second piece was not subtle at all. It was a long Weekend Update tract blatantly arguing against the second amendment. So, the idea was not just “more restrictions on guns”, but also that the second amendment itself is “crazy”. (Not up on YouTube yet.)

The piece pretended to be fair and balanced, with Che claiming “Colin and I have been going back and forth on this a lot.” So Colin offered some weak disingenuous support for guns, saying it would be hard to place limits. But Che’s argument against guns was the main attraction. He repeated the statistic: “There’s a gun for every man, woman, and child in this country.” OK, so what?

Then he said: “There has to be limits. It’s just too easy to get one.” This was followed by a list of things harder to get than a gun: driver’s license, purple belt in karate, Kevin Hart tickets, GED, spray paint. Amusing. But then Michael Che launched a full-frontal assault against the Second Amendment and the Constitution:

“I know the forefathers said you have a right to own a gun. But they also said you could own people.”

“The Constitution is a lot like our grandfather. He’s wise. We love him, and he means well. But he’s getting really, really old. And every once in a while he says something crazy and we’ve got to go into the other room and discuss what we’re going to do about it.”

Then Che undermined his own argument by claiming that he owns a gun for self-defense.

Back to my initial point: the culture will eventually decide the issue of gun control, and right now it doesn’t look good for our side of the argument. It has reached the point where gun control enthusiasts are seeking to take away the Second Amendment. And it could happen. The Constitution can be amended, and if there is enough pressure from the culture, foolish politicians might make the attempt. It won’t happen soon, but it is a real danger for the distant future.

– Thoreau

P.S. SNL also seems to have decided how you should vote in the next Presidential election. They chose Hillary as the host of the first episode of this new season, made her look good, and also trashed every other Democratic candidate and every Republican candidate. These entertainers think they run the country.

One Response to Saturday Night Live on Gun Control

  1. Fortunately, I can think of no other less-relevant social commentary than whatever appears on SNL anymore.
    They killed-off anyone who was ever actually funny.