Monday, July 16, 2018

Who Is America?

Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who Is America?’ series offers a terrifying glimpse into the mindset of the NRA. From UpRoxx:

Sacha Baron Cohen play Col. Errad Morad — an Israeli gun advocate — speak with a guns-right expert; a gun lobbyist; and several Congressmen and former Congressmen. Morrad is pushing a “Kinderguardians” program that would allow toddlers to own guns and bring them into schools. “The only way to defeat a bad guy with a gun is to have a good boy with a gun.”

What’s odd is how little he has to do to convince these men — they don’t even need a light nudge. They’re fully on board right out of the gate. He first speaks to Philip Van Cleave, a gun rights advocate who has appeared on Fox News and who has no hesitation when it came to arming toddlers. In fact, he helps Morad make an instructional video for toddlers on how to use Gunamals (Puppy Pistol, Uzicorn, etc), stuffed animals with guns inside of them. Van Cleave also said that children under the age of 4 haven’t yet learned the difference between right and wrong and therefore would “make great soldiers.” What?

Next, he met with lobbyist Larry Pratt, the executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, a guns-right organization with over 1.5 million members. Pratt, likewise, is taken by the idea of arming children. He encouraged the idea of toddlers “instinctively going for a gun” to shoot Muslims while they pray, and laughs agreeably with the idea that it’s not rape if it’s your wife. He finally agrees to help Morad introduce a bill to Congress to get guns in the hands of toddlers.

Surely, however, no Congressman would agree to such a thing, right? Wrong! Cohen gets former U.S. Senator Trent Lott, current Congressional Republican Dana Rohrabacher, current Congressman Joe Wilson, and former Congressman and current talk-show host Joe Walsh to agree to promote a guns-for-toddlers program. Did Sacha Cohen Baron dupe these Congressmen? Sure. Did he make these Congressman express support (as Walsh has claimed) for a program that puts guns in the hands of preschoolers? Absolutely not.

“Happy shooting, kids” says Joe Walsh.

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