Satire, when done well, has got to be one of my favorite things in this world. It makes a point and does it with a good dose of laughter.
Because of this, I especially appreciate it when a satire site gets the point right, as The Babylon Bee does in a recent piece about the “blame the gun” fallacy.
Now, if you’re not familiar with the blame the gun fallacy, it’s the central idea in all gun control ideology. The thinking is that guns are to blame for gun violence and that the person pulling the trigger is, in effect, innocent.
Of course, we know that’s nonsense, which is why The Babylon Bee‘s piece titled “Shooter Walks Free As Police Tackle, Arrest AR-15” is so funny and so perfect as a satire piece. The rest of the piece says,
LOS ANGELES, CA—There was an attempted shooting earlier today but luckily, the police were close by.
They managed to tackle the shooter’s AR-15 to the floor. They pinned it to the ground and kicked it a few times for good measure, though it did not appear to be resisting arrest.
Bewildered, the shooter shrugged and slowly backed away.
“Honestly I was kinda hoping to make a name for myself,” he told reporters later. “But they just blamed the gun. So… well, I guess I won’t be famous after all.”
“At this point, we aren’t looking for any further suspects,” an FBI official told reporters as the AR-15 was read its rights and hauled away in the back of a police cruiser. “It seems the AR-15 acted entirely of its own volition, without any human operator who might have behavioral or mental issues.”
“The weapon is obviously a menace that needs to be locked up to prevent any further harm,” he added.
According to CDC mortality statistics, of the tens of thousands of gun deaths each year, up to 75% are caused by a rogue assault rifle, shotgun, or handgun acting on its own. “It’s a huge problem that needs to be handled better through addressing the mental problems these types of guns might have well before they act out,” a CDC official said.
“It’s 3 pm. Do you know where your assault rifle is?” he cautioned.
The assault rifle has been charged with several counts of murder, assault, and domestic terrorism, and will be tried as an adult, sources confirmed.
At publishing time, the shooter had decided not to use a gun for his next mass attack so that he will get full credit for it.
Didn’t they nail it? Isn’t this kind of blame the gun, not the shooter nonsense exactly what anti-gunners do? Oh, they may deny it when you ask them individually, but how else does one explain their obsession with banning inanimate objects instead of placing the blame on the people using them?
While The Babylon Bee‘s piece won’t likely change the mind of any anti-gunner, be sure to share this with your pro-gun friends so that they can get a good laugh out of it, too.