“We're not doing guns,” executive producer Peter Browngardt reportedly told The New York Times. “But we can do cartoony violence — TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in.”
But guns will not be? As Bugs Bunny would say, “What a maroon!”
“No mention is made of whether or not that the guns being removed was a response to gun violence and school shootings in the US,” CNN claims.
“In response to US gun violence, the showrunners will not include firearms in Fudd’s arsenal,” The Telegraph counters.
Per a promotional clip, it appears scythes and dynamite will be the new weapons of choice.
Those are curious substitutes considering scythes have been used in particularly brutal and bloody murders. It only took a few seconds to find a story from the (practically) gun-free U.K. where a teen’s “body was found in a ditch with a 5ft scythe embedded in his skull and more than 60 wounds across his body.” There was another bloody murder in this country, where “An Ohio teenager is in jail … after he confessed to brutally killing his 5-year-old niece with a scythe.”
As for dynamite, showrunners must not have considered the Bath School Massacre of the century past, when explosives were used in a series of attacks that “killed 38 elementary school children and 6 adults and injured at least 58 other people.”
Cartoon guns have a long tradition of being humorously used because they are a legitimate part of the situation being lampooned, and there is no evidence that children have been influenced by Elmer or Sam to go out and commit acts of violence. Chasing and whacking other kids with a stick, particularly a gardening tool, is a different matter. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers (PedFACTs) Participant Manual specifically cautions:
“Don’t allow playing with sticks.”
Realistically, though, what more needs to be said than “pediatricians”?
If it were up to the busybodies and do-gooders, we’d all be wearing helmets in rubber rooms. My generation used to play with all kinds of things when we were cubs (“kids” are herd animals), and most of us survived just fine and were ultimately better and safer for it.
This is a two-fold strategy, the first part being to keep children ignorant, to maintain that through adulthood, and to render personal ownership of guns culturally irrelevant. What the antis mean by “commonsense gun safety” is total avoidance, with no development-appropriate introduction and training in real gun safety. We’ve seen from their own PSAs where their oblivious, sheltered little urchins sword-fight with Mommy's sex toys.
The second part of the tactic is one of erasing disapproved ideas from cultural memory. Stalin used falsification and censorship to rewrite history. The Taliban going after Buddhist statues and “progressive” useful idiots being manipulated to tear down Confederate monuments are more recent and current examples.
So now we have Fudd with no Fudd gun, and hunters and sport shooters should take note. That term is reserved for those who throw fellow gun owners under the bus as long as their particular niche is preserved. It won’t work that way. They want to eradicate you, too, and besides, guess where the term “sporting purpose” originated?
So along with disarmed Elmer, we have Yosemite Sam, now rendered the “hootinest, tootinest, [moot]inest bobtail wildcat in the West.” And for the record, if Porky Pig hadn’t been hunting with a gun, we’d have never met Daffy Duck (don't tell Warners that's still on their Facebook site).
Expect Marvin the Martian’s ray gun to go next. And I assume in the age of #MeToo and DACA, Pepé Le Pew and Speedy Gonzales are soon to be – if they’re not already – relics of a sexist and racist past. Expect someone to be triggered by the mental health shaming caused by “Looney Tunes.” And what kind of intolerable bully would ridicule Porky’s stutter or Elmer’s disability that prevents him from pronouncing “r’s”?
The great animation pioneers upon whose shoulders this new crop of politically correct ingrates is standing can now be reviled as haters. Then again, going after and then burying the memory of founding fathers of all stripes seems to be part of the overall plan.
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.