U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “The Twilight Zone reboot hasn't been shy at all when it comes to making huge sociopolitical statements,” CBR.com gushes approvingly. “In ‘The Blue Scorpion,’ the show now takes aim at the topic of gun control, and it's one of the most haunting stories crafted this season.”
Long story short: an evil gun with its own agenda haunts the protagonist of the story. Despite the fact that acting on its own ends up with a home invader shot, the unmistakable agenda of the writers is also made clear:
“[T]he series really illustrates what guns mean for the everyday person in the real world — it empowers them to think they do have a right to pull the trigger. Owning a firearm provides the option to walk over to the dark side, and really comes off as an unnecessary tool if you're not a cop.”
You know, an “Only One.”
Accepting that a mere citizen like himself is simply too incompetent and unstable to safely own a gun, the hapless hero throws it into a lake where the sentient semi-auto finds new victims, children this time, to … lather, rinse, repeat.
What a load of hooey. But it fits right in the phony gun-grabber mantra, repeated ad nauseam by the media using phrases like “killed by guns,” redirecting responsibility from human abusers and allowing tools to be blamed in their stead. That also feeds the ubiquitous excuse for negligent discharges, particularly by those presumed trained enough to know better, “the gun went off.”
As an aside and for the sake of consistency, I also take exception to a slogan used by some on “our” side, that “Guns save lives.” It makes for a good sound bite and we know what its proponents are saying, but fair is fair and true is true.
This new Twilight Zone contrasts sharply from another tale of a gun, “Mr. Denton on Doomsday,” written by series creator Rod Serling, and airing 60 years ago in 1959.
Of the revolver given to the ex-gunfighter/town drunk character by Fate, in his opening narration, Serling noted it represented a “second chance.” And while some may argue the ending was a repudiation of guns, it was instead a repudiation of abusing them for the unjustifiable purpose of proving who was “fastest,” and the story resolved with that no longer being an option. Appropriately, guns were portrayed as tools and the actions of those using them were what determined outcomes for good or ill, in that case, to stop the violence.
That’s all guns can be, despite a transparent agenda to place the pit of man's fears over the summit of his knowledge.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.