Amy Schumer, vocal opponent of guns, gun culture and gun rights, is at it again. Her latest mockery of American’s Second Amendment comes on the heels of the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, which the comedian refuses to call a terror attack.
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Filmed as an ad for the fictional law firm of Shrak & Murphy, the piece is littered misinformation about guns and gun laws, the ad includes a woman telling her fictional tale of a shooter at her work:
“A co-worker we laid off opened fire inside my office with a semi-automatic weapon that the gun manufacturer had made incredible easy to convert to a fully automatic machine gun.”
The so-called comedy video also says that “hollow-tip bullets” are “designed to inflict as much pain as possible”. But this isn’t the first Schumer has tried and failed to be funny about guns, having previously been lambasted for “Welcome to the Gun Show”.
“[Welcome to the Gun Show] was a sketch that Amy personally felt really strongly about,” executive producer Dan Powell told Entertainment Weekly. “The whole writers room piped in with jokes and ideas and things like that but ultimately, this was Amy’s baby.”
Second Amendment supporters may not find Schumer’s distortion of the gun laws quite so amusing. While Schumer’s simply parroting many wide spread misconceptions about who can and can’t buy firearms, her comedic sketch presents myths as facts.
Schumer’s been using her comedic platform to rally against firearms more and more frequently after a man opened fire in a Louisiana movie theater last year, during a showing of her movie “Trainwreck.” She’s even teamed up with her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and lobbied for more restrictive legislation.
But we all know how effective politicians are. Instead, it looks like Schumer may have more luck preaching to her own choir. Her comedy allows her to mock gun owners, legislation, regulations, all while making her audience laugh. The satire here is funny, or would be if it wasn’t the type of infotainment that many will take for gospel.
The deeper irony is that Schumer’s bit looks like it is a complete mockery of the Home Shopping Network. That said, there’s a brand new channel available on many cable platforms that offers just that–home shopping, just for guns. It is called GunTV, and you can watch this trailer, below to learn more about what it’s all about.
Despite what you might be thinking, GunTV isn’t a joke. Many thought it was when it launched, but the folks at GunTV are taking it seriously. I wonder how they feel about Schumer’s send-up.