Seth MacFarlane is one of many celebrities to express outrage and dismay over the U.S. government’s continued non-action in the wake of yet another incident of gun violence after a 19-year-old armed with an AR-15 assault rifle snuffed out 17 lives in a horrific school shooting on Wednesday.
The star/creator of Fox sci-fi series “The Orville” initially retweeted somebody else’s statement: “To any politician offering ‘thoughts and prayers’ after yet another horrific tragedy, but who continues to fail to do anything to enact effective gun safety legislation: F**k You.”
That retweet earned a response from a pro-gun Twitter user, who replied: “If you want a practical solution, it’s time to train, and arm teachers and administrators. It doesn’t matter how many laws you try to pass, horrible people are still going to find the means to commit atrocities. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
To that, MacFarlane offered up a vintage clip from “All in the Family” in which Archie Bunker (played by the late Carroll O’Connor) hilariously makes the same argument:
MacFarlane’s response brought out more trolls who proclaimed their support of the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right to bear arms.
Responding to one tweet (which has since been removed), MacFarlane points out that while the “primary function of a Tide Pod is clean clothes,” the main function of a gun “is to make something stop being alive.”
When another Twitter user reminded that gun ownership is a “right,” MacFarlane pointed to specific language in the Second Amendment, specifically pointing to the passage stating that gun ownership should be “well-regulated.”
“This is NOT a gun issue this is a MENTAL HEALTH issue,” responded another Twitter user, echoing the argument put forth on Thursday by President Donald Trump. “You don’t blame a CAR when a Drunk Driver kills someone. You guys are confusing causation and correlation. You have to focus on the cause in order to change the effect. To not address this is intellectually dishonest.”
MacFarlane shut that down with this tweet:
Another Twitter user chided MacFarlane for continuing to “spread the false narrative that guns kill. People kill.”
MacFarlane quickly shut down that argument as well.
The “Family Guy” creator offered a final word from no less an authority than one of America’s Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, who warned that laws must evolve along with society, espousing the notion that America’s Constitution must “keep pace with the times” in order to prevent “civilized society” from remaining “under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”