Jay Mohr drew the ire of thousands of gun freedom advocates with a single tweet. PHOTO: Phil Konstantin, Public domain
Comedian Jay Mohr started a small fire in the internet with this tweet in response to the attacks at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
What bothers me most about today is that we're getting used 2 it. ENOUGH. 2nd amendment must go. Violence has 2 stop. Culture MUST change.— Jay Mohr (@jaymohr37) April 15, 2013
Gun freedom advocates are some of the most active commenters on twitter and the internet generally (I speak from experience, having written a number of gun posts, and I'm not a famous comedian). Mohr tried to staunch the flow of vitriol with some follow-up tweets:
The 2nd Amendment lends itself to the CULTURE of violence we are living in. Stop blowing up my timeline w your gun/porn fetishes.— Jay Mohr (@jaymohr37) April 15, 2013
Mohr tried to focus on the culture around violence:
No politics here at all. Just sick of watching bloodshed on tv. It's become reality tv and we're becoming numb.Amazed at pro gun responses— Jay Mohr (@jaymohr37) April 16, 2013
Mohr has a point, but it doesn't apply to the Boston Marathon bombings. That attack was designed for maximum attention, and it's getting it. What doesn't get attention is the daily gun violence in America--around 30 gun-related deaths a day in these United States. That's the part that's become background noise.