For Mark Joseph Stern, it is apparently not enough to enact strict gun control legislation in an effort to curb violence by making sure criminals are the only armed Americans. In a recent Slate article, the writer lamented the ostensibly improper existence of exaggerated gun use in children’s entertainment of bygone eras.
He segued into his stated rant by criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that banning violent video games would be akin to banning classic Looney Tunes cartoons.
Stern went on to lay out his case for removing Bugs Bunny and company from our society. He cited their “blasé approach to gun suicide” and “depictions of firearms as fun toys,” suggesting these themes have no place in today’s America.
— Slate (@Slate) June 24, 2014
In response to his employer’s tweet, plenty of individuals who disagree with Stern’s premise weighed in.
@Slate Ya because this country is full of pansies that can’t think for themselves and think this is “damaging the children”
— mcgrubbs (@mcgrubbs) June 24, 2014
@Slate Try it the other way: “The rampant gun violence in today’s US school massacres would have been unthinkable when these were made.”
— Mark Colvin (@Colvinius) June 24, 2014
— Brandon Stahl (@BrandonStahl1) June 24, 2014
The writer’s position does not come from his ignorance of the fact that guns in the hands of anthropomorphized two-dimensional animals is, in itself, a large part of the ongoing gag in these cartoons. Indeed, he included a quote from a critic who conceded “characters annihilating each other in ways that would result in death in reality” is “part of the joke” in the allegedly offensive programs.
He also admits that today’s kids “are constantly exposed to violence on TV that’s far more disturbing than anything in Looney Tunes.”
Nevertheless, he concludes that such content would not be included in any current children’s show.
He concluded that the “jaunty disregard” these classic cartoons showed to gun violence “is part of what made the show so bizarrely delightful.”
After highly publicized massacres (specifically the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.), however, Stern maintains that “what was once strangely funny now registers as appallingly macabre.”
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom