Watch for the ode to Lebowski… after the cut.
No wonder everybody skipped the Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
1.) Jim Carrey, subtle? Never.
2.) He’s a coward (and bigot). He goes after rural America, when in reality, most gun killings occur in inner cities, usually by gangs.
3.) Coward, part deux: Heston (a good man; civil rights movement) is dead and can’t respond.
4.) Carrey jumped on his ex-girlfriend’s crusade against vaccines. Look at how many kids have died because of that!
Unrelated: Nate Silver had Gonzaga in his Final Four. Heh.
2.) He goes after rural America, when in reality, most gun killings occur in inner cities, usually by gangs.
Misleading. Do major cities have more people walking around as targets who can be killed? Of course, because cities are heavily populated
But when we look at gun murder RATES per 100,000 people, 25 of the worst 26 states are predominantly rural America.
Worst 25 States, Gun Murder Rates. Read it and weep. All those roving “gangs” in Alaska and Wyoming?
New York actually ranks 46th worst — which is to say, the 4th lowest rate.
950 people were killed in New York State last year (which is horrible enough). ]
But if New York had Alaska’s insane gun murder rate, then there would’ve been 3800 gun murders in New York.
That’s a fact. That’s the math. The states with the strictest gun laws have the lowest gun murder rates. There’s no way to dispute that.
If New Yorkers killed each other with guns at the same rate Alaskans do, there would be 30,000 more gun murders in New York State alone over the past decade.
Very unfunny. Insulting. No, I don’t own guns. I don’t care for guns. But this sort of attack will only be fodder for gun advocates.
Get over it, everyone.
I f*cking love it
My name is Chris Price and I approve this video.
Well, I love Jim Carrey. Such an underrated actor.
Deserved imo at least 3 lead actor Oscar noms for The Truman Show, Man in the Moon and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Minds and a Globe nod for I love you, Phillip Morris.
The video is provocative, but I thought it was funny.
this is great!
Wow. Nate Silver being wrong about the final four. Too bad he’s only right about the things that truly matter. I’m guessing you saw yesterday’s episode of The Five on Fox News. Because your points read like the transcript of their response to the video.
He didn’t make fun of urban areas because the residents in those places don’t go around telling everyone how much they love guns and why having guns is what makes America great.
How much you wanna bet there’s soon going to be a poorly-produced and unfunny “response” to this designed to extoll the virtues of gun ownership?
I get. Gun nuts want guns cause of their small d*cks. Its understandable. But why can’t they just own a nice long shotgun. (Or a large lifted truck) Why do you need 50 military-style assault weapons. Is your sh*t really that small?
The purpose of the Second Amendment is to arm people in order to prevent future tyranny. They need the tools to do this.
The term “Well Regulated” in the Second Amendment meant “Well Manned and Equipped ” in 1791 as was determined in the 1939 United States v. Miller case after referencing the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. The concept of Government Regulation, as we understand it today, did not exist at the time.
United States v. Miller also determined that the term “Arms” refers to “Ordinary Military Weapons” (not crew operated). American Citizens have the right to Keep and Bear, which means Own and Carry, any weapons that a soldier carries into battle. That includes past, present and future weapons. A Militia consisted of armed volunteers willing to fight with their personal arms and not under government control.
The 2008 Heller v. Washington DC decision reaffirmed that the Right to Bear Arms was an Individual right. The 2010 McDonald v. Chicago decision reaffirmed it yet again and made it clear that it applies to every state, every city and every town in the United States.
To limit the Second Amendment to muskets would be the equivalent of limiting the First Amendment to writings in quill pens.
Liberty is worth the risk of death!
@ChrisKW: Correlation and causation are not the same.
I wonder what Carrey thinks of pro-2nd Amendment women? Do they suffer from penis envy? If he were to say that to someone like S.E. Cupp, she’d probably kill him with her bare hands.
Bizarre video. But, then, again, I always found the love of the second amendment over all the others to be quite strange. Perhaps Carrey does also. And, along with the Emma Stone tribute, he seems to be going through a rough patch in his life. So, here we are.
Ryan, I was pretty interested in your comments because they’re so different from what I’ve always read on the topic. I decided to do a little research on the numbers you’ve offered and it doesn’t look like the your stats are actually very accurate.
^This chart from Wikipedia is very useful because it allows you to sort the statistics by total murders, gun murders, total murder rates, gun murder rates, and restrictiveness of gun laws. The source is the 2010 FBI crime report, so I don’t think any of us should doubt its accuracy. Some of the statistics are actually provided by the Bradley Campaign. According to this chart, there’s very little correlation between restrictive gun laws and gun murder rates per 100,000 people. New York and Alaska actually have the same rate per 100,000 for gun murders and total murders. Although not a gun owner myself, I’m pleased to see that my own home state of New Hampshire has the lowest murder and gun murder rates in the country, despite our nonrestrictive gun laws!
John G. Thanks. The chart you link is as interesting as the one I found.
The discrepancy is my fault because I kept using the term “gun murders” to describe what I found, whereas the description at the page I found is a ranking of “gun deaths” (click to see the source) — which of course would include other kinds of of tragedy besides murder.
I believe the stats you found, and I believe the ones I found too. The two charts measure different things.
It was wrong for me to say my chart ranked “murders” — it must also include gun suicides and accidental killings.
I’m not going to question the method of anyone who wants to kill himself, but it’s probably true that having guns lying around the house in Alaska and Wyoming have made hundreds of teen suicides too easy to accomplish. I wonder how many fathers who bought a gun to protect his family has come home to find the brains of his son or daughter on the wall.
Here’s the kind of thing that would count as a ‘gun death’ but would not be included in the chart you found.
‘Cleaning Gun’ Killed Son, Authorities Say of 10-Year-Old’s Death
That happened in North Carolina 17 hour ago. I know that’s not legally a murder, but I’m going to call it murder anyway.
The more guns these gun nuts hoard in their homes, the more people die in those homes. I’m less concerned when a gun nut accidentally shoos himself in the face than the problem I have when they shoot their kids in the face.
I’m pleased to see that my own home state of New Hampshire has the lowest murder and gun murder rates in the country, despite our nonrestrictive gun laws!
John G, I’d say that’s a credit to the type of people who live in New Hampshire — and you have every reason to be pleased and proud.
I live just about forty minutes outside of NYC. I don’t own a gun, there have been days when I contemplated owning one.. I have been robbed at gunpoint. Not fun. Do I believe that repealing the second ammendment or stricter gun control laws would have removed that gun from that perpretrators hand? Absolutely not.
Many of the local neighborhood watch groups here have become quite computer savy and the people in the neighborhoods they cover or watch over now receive “warnings” of criminal activity dailyvia email. There isn’t a week that goes by where you don’t hear of a break in or of an attempted break in an area that covers maybe forty square blocks. There used to be a time when the criminals waited until you were out of the house to attempt to break in. Here in New Jersey they don’t wait anymore. The crimes have become more violent as a great part of our society becomes economically challenged.
Situations like Newtown in CT shock me and leave me shaking my head. But at the same time I also realize just how fragile our societies are. Let something similar to what occurred in Cyprus this past week occur here in the US and I think we won’t see the realitive calm we saw in Cyprus. I’m not sure that I subscribe to the theory that every household should have a weapons cache of rapid fire arms that can take out fifty people at a time but I certainly do support and believe that every American who passes a “normal” series of reviews should be allowed to own a gun. There is no way I would support or even consider voting for a repeal of the 2nd ammendment.
After what I’ve seen in the last few years around here I also believe that you come into my home with the intent to robe me or do harm then I should have the right to spill your blood on my wood floors. Of course I’ll end up cursing your ass because I’ll have to sand those floors but I won’t be found tied to chair beaten silly and never recover from the brutality.
Sorry to hear about your bad experience, Nic. My partner and I were robbed at gunpoint one New Year’s Eve in St Louis, so I can testify that it’s a buzzkill.
But what if I’d been packing heat? A shootout atop the parking garage? Then if I’m a better shot, maybe I’ve killed some kid over trying to protect my 44 bucks? (all the cash I had on me). Or if I’m not as quick on the draw, I’ve very likely lost more than $44.
That happened years ago. Never once in all that time have I ever said to myself, “Gosh, if only I had a gun that night, I’d be 44 dollars richer right now and there would be one more juvenile delinquent dead and buried.”
I swear, in all the many times I’ve told my story of getting mugged that night, nobody has ever suggested to me that it’s too bad I wasn’t carrying my own pistol around. The concept is absurd and horrifying to me.
We were on the top level of a parking structure, like the one in Fargo — except it was packed with cars in a club neighborhood on New Year’s Eve, and when we came back to the car we found we were pinned in around the periphery by cars tight on both bumpers in parallel parking formation. We would be able to maneuver out of the spot, but it would take several sharp turns of the steering wheel to adjust our angle enough to pull out. We were in the car, heater already cranked up in the freezing cold, when out of the chill there was a tap-tap-tap of gun muzzle on the passenger side window. Two scrawny teenagers, one with a pistol, collecting party-night toll. Through foggy windows we couldn’t even see what the gun looked like, except it had the unmistakable sound of a real metal barrel on the glass. Partner and I looked at each other, no real sense of urgency because we weren’t very sober. “What do we do?” one of us asked the other. Whichever one of us was the smart one said, “Say bye to your wallet.”
Kid with the gun was patient, watching us through the window of the locked door. We even took time to remove driver’s licenses and, me, my dry cleaning ticket. Partner started to keep his AmEx Gold card but the gunslinger said, “I want that,” so we shrugged and gave it up. We knew it was expired. (It was a card that he used for purposes other than charging things, a party card, only used as a tool.) Sentimental value. But he handed it over. We’d already spent most of the cash we came out with.
If we had a gun we would’ve had plenty of time to pull it from the center console between the seats, but then what? Shoot the kid through the window over a couple of 20 dollar bills and credit cards that we knew we could cancel in 10 minutes? Or else let the kid see we have gun and just hope he suddenly had good sense and no adrenalin pumping so that he wouldn’t panic and shoot first? He pretty much already had his gun pointed right at us. He came upon us with finger on trigger, so like any smart thug he had already won the “be prepared” part of the game. Nope, I just pushed a button to lower the window an inch, just enough to slip the wallets out the top, like a clerk pushing change through a plexiglass partition. And then the kids ran off. It was all over. We took a half-smoked J from the ashtray and polished it off before we even pulled away from the scene of the crime.
Wasn’t the bravest moment of my life, but it wasn’t the bloodiest either. I’m GLAD we we weren’t dumb enough to be carrying guns around with us that night. This way my little story of petty theft doesn’t end with somebody’s funeral.
I wouldn’t exactly call it subtle but it is amusing. Going after Charlton Heston is an easy target, though. I’d much rather see Jim Carrey do a parody of evil scumbag Wayne LaPierre who is guaranteeing that more children are killed by maniacs.
For the record, I don’t think this video is funny, primarily because I don’t think Jim Carrey is funny when he’s in this mode, and Hee-Haw makes me sick. But Charlton Heston makes me sick too. I don’t think this is effective, either as Public Service or humor. But it’s harmless. Anything that helps to highlight how ridiculous it is for people who have anger problems to own guns, I guess is ok. Rabid people clinging to guns need to mocked, not glorified.
My father (business man from Philly) purchased a gun as a form of protection from my nut job uncle, who let alcohol ruin his life as a councilman . I don’t fault my father at all for owning a gun. Recently my mother who is always plagued with illness was at home in a nice suburban house when someone broke in in the middle of the night while she was upstairs and stole some things downstairs, wallet included. I only wish my father wasn’t out of the country for work and I was still living at home. I’d do anything to protect my family. My fiance’s mother (jobless in Virginia) owns a gun and, though she (supposedly) hasn’t drank in ages, alcohol gave her some form of brain damage at some point in her life. I generally dislike her, she can get very loopy and can rant about nonsense. Guns aren’t always the solution and I’m glad to know some people don’t think every gun owner is rabid or a fool. But there are those out there who should never own a gun, not even a rubber band shooter.
Again, Kane, I try not to project my feelings onto anyone’s personal problems and when we all get specific about our reasons the arguments on both sides begin to sound presumptive.
But what I don’t understand is how so many people think if they’ve got a gun that will automatically make them victorious in a shootout.
The reason nobody got killed during the burglary at your mother’s house is because the burglars came and went without challenge. Nobody rushed out threatening to kill them, and therefore nobody died.
I’m truly sorry to hear that your mother’s possessions were stolen. But when I visualize burglars, I don’t imagine them as unarmed invaders. I imagine criminals as people who come prepared for violence. I imagine them as desperate people who have their hands on their guns when they break in. I imagine them as the individuals who have guns in their pockets, finger on the trigger; not tucked away in the nightstand.
Unless my father is Dirty Harry I don’t want to wish him into a Mexican standoff scenario in my mother’s living room. I would rather have a mother with no wallet than have a dead father holding a gun in his dead hand.
I think you and I mostly agree and I’m not trying to offer any argument against anything you say. Just using your comment as a springboard, ok? You and I share the same attitude.
I know you’re not trying to sway what I think. It wasn’t until I read your post that I realized sometimes people will make decisions based on things THEY’VE experienced and not what’s best for the greater good. Sometimes people can let emotions get in the way. I don’t ever want to go through what you went through, having a gun put in my face or my fiances. Instead of thinking “how can we get guns out of these peoples’ hands” I thought of “if I were there with the right amount of protection…”. I am the furthest thing from a violent person…but you don’t mess with my mama. That’s where seeing red can come into play. Thanks for the good response, an applaudable comment.
And for the record I once fired a couple of guns and in a way I was scared. Reason being? The power I felt in my hands, I knew I was handling something truly violent and that made my hands shake a bit. I’m not sure I ever want to fire another gun.
Well Ryan I can relate completely. I remember that night like it happened last week. I was 19 at the time. 19 is a dumb age. My other half at the time was in his early 30′s. We’d been out to club in Akron and were driving home. I really had to be careful about how much I drank because I was underage by Ohio law at the time but Eddie had too much to drink so I was driving home and didn’t know my way so I missed our exit and ended up on the East Side of Cleveland. By that time it was probably around 2 AM. Once I got to the East Side of Cleveland I knew how to get back home. Eddie decided he was hungry and honestly that made me a little hungry so we pulled into this fast food kind of place and got some food. Of course we weren’t in the best parts of the city.
We walked out and I was carrying the food. We made our way to the car and as we were starting to unlock doors we heard the voice and turned and saw the gun. I was completely controlled but at 19 you don’t have a lot of fear for some stupid reason. I remember the guy said to me “did I find my trick for the night” and I didn’t respond. Then he said something about giving our wallets and I just stood there holding the food and in flash he knocked the food out my hands onto the ground. I don’t what I was thinking but I refused to give him my wallet. I didn’t say anything but I wasn’t giving it up. So holding the gun he took the wallet out of my pocket.
Eddie being drunk was fumbling trying to get his wallet out and because he didn’t move fast enough ended up having the gun smashed up the side of his head a couple times. It was then that my senses kicked in and I realized that this wasn’t a joke or a movie. He told us to open the car and I opened the door and he said get in. Eddie got behind the drivers wheel and I was pushed in the middle and then our perp got in after me leaving the door open and insisted we open the glove box. He went through it and found nothing so he got out of the car and pulled me out. The more this went on I was beginning to think we might not be leaving alive. I swear I’ve had moments in my life where god or whatever was watching. Eddie wasn’t moving fast enough getting out of the car so the perp leaned in too pull him out.
Just at the moment there was a voice from the street. There two of them but we didn’t know it. The voice was calling to the one with to watch out as a cop was driving by. It was that moment that I made my break and ran my ass towards the street and started running after the cop car that had stopped for a red light. Cops turned around and pulled into the lot lights blazing and sirens going and in a few minutes they had both of them. Eddie went to the hospital for a few days and I went home untouched without a single bruise.
We went to trial and I remember that the Defense lawyer brought up the fact that we were “homosexuals” and that maybe we had incited the two men because we’d made an illicit pass at them. What was amusing was that the perp with the gun confessed but the Defense attorney thought they might get him off if he brought up the “gay” angle in the court room. It didn’t work for the perp but it did work for his lookout. Had we had a gun Eddie would have used it. He wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed and honestly we both would have died right there. I don’t think we had twenty dollars between us at the time. I didn’t have any credit cards and I know Eddie didn’t either so the perp got a five year sentence for twenty bucks. So guns make me nervous but I also have a healthy respect for them now.
The fact that you have an amendment that has been repeatedly reaffirmed and reclarified doesn’t make it any less stupid.
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