Target: Jim Carrey
Goal: Thank Carrey for opposing the gun lobby and its supporters at Fox News.
Jim Carrey has been a vocal advocate of gun control. On the Funny or Die comedy website, Carrey released a pro-gun control video, “Cold Dead Hand.” During the promotion of the video, Carrey called those who oppose gun control “heartless motherf–kers unwilling to bend for the safety of our kids.” Unsurprisingly, the video angered personalities at the conservative media network Fox News. Fox News pundit Greg Gutfield retaliated by saying, “[Jim Carrey] is probably the most pathetic tool on the face of the earth and I hope his career is dead and I hope he ends up sleeping in a car.” This comment was particularly vile in light of Carrey’s history with poverty (and sleeping in a car in a quite literal sense).
Gutfield accused Carrey of “going after rural America” and talked about how the video made him want to go buy a gun. Not one to be cowed by such comments, Carrey wrote on his Twitter, “I’d like to respond to all the conservative pundits out there personally but I’m far too busy NOT stumping for the gun companies.” Carrey published a lengthy statement condemning the Fox News conservative media machine and its frequent support of unlimited access to assault rifles and high capacity magazines.
With so many pro-gun celebrities (such as Ted Nugent) being fawned upon by the mass media and Fox News, Jim Carrey’s perspective is an invaluable one for the counterbalance it brings in terms of celebrities who are unafraid to support sensible regulations on firearms. Fox News has been guilty of advancing ridiculous narratives in support of unlimited access to high capacity magazines and assault rifles. Sign this petition to thank Carrey for standing up to the network and for speaking out in favour of reasonable gun control legislation.
Dear Jim Carrey,
I am writing because I have been following your recent satire pertaining to the topic of gun control. I have also been following your back and forth with Fox News personalities. I wanted to thank you for your outspoken stance against assault rifles and high capacity magazines. With so many celebrities increasing their visibility as advocates for the NRA, it is refreshing to see someone speaking honestly and even humorously about the need for a reform of current gun laws.
I appreciate your videos and your outspoken advocacy for policies that would keep more of the nation’s children safe. The anti-gun control crowd likes to talk as though pushing through more stringent gun laws would result in only criminals having guns, but, as you are no doubt aware, the truth is that most firearms used in mass murders such as the shooting at Sandy Hook were purchased legally. Indeed, the gun which was used to kill those children was purchased legally. Limiting magazine capacity and banning assault rifles would be a perfectly reasonable compromise. Thank you for recognizing this and raising awareness about the subject.
[Your Name Here]
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