Whenever there’s a mass shooting in America (which is, you know, often), The Onion posts a recurring article with the headline: “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens.”
The short piece was first published in 2014 following the Isla Vista killings in southern California. It epitomises the USA’s stance on gun control, and mirrors the actual response of politicians who, massacre after massacre, only reply with “thoughts and prayers” while deregulating access to guns whenever they have the choice.
— The Onion (@TheOnion) February 14, 2018
An excerpt from the article reads: “‘This was a terrible tragedy, but sometimes these things just happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them,’ said Kansas resident Britt Mulvanos, echoing sentiments expressed by tens of millions of individuals who reside in a nation where over half of the world’s deadliest mass shootings have occurred in the past 50 years and whose citizens are 20 times more likely to die of gun violence than those of other developed nations.”
The irony of it all is that that’s actually the truth.
— The Onion (@TheOnion) February 16, 2018
After the Orlando shooting in 2016, executive director of the National Rifle Association Chris Cox, stated in an op-ed, “Radical Islamic terrorists are not deterred by gun control laws.”
Republican Senator Marco Rubio – who has received more than US$3.3 million (AUS$4.1 million) in funding from the NRA – has often proclaimed a similar stance. He said during his presidential campaign, “My skepticism about gun laws is criminals don’t follow the law.”
— The Onion (@TheOnion) February 15, 2018
And now, after the brutal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead, Rubio reiterated his stance and went at it again with a similar claim.
“I think it’s important to know all of that before you jump to conclusions that there’s some law we could have passed that could have prevented it. There may be, but shouldn’t we at least know the facts?
He continues: “I think that we can always have that debate but if you’re going to have the debate about this particular incident, you should know the facts of that incident before you run out and prescribe some law you claim could have prevented it.”
“We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks. We are going to be the last mass shooting.”
This powerful speech on gun control by a student who survived the Florida shooting moved many who heard her to tears. pic.twitter.com/ANgO4zF3uh
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) February 18, 2018
To add an extra layer of absurd, a 2017 study among more than three thousand US adults conducted by The Pew Research Center found out that more than 80 percent of Americans do agree to limit firearms access for people with mental illness and want stringent background checks at gun shows and in private sales.
These people are being paid by the #NRA to not change gun laws!
— Molly 🌊 (@Molly3186) February 16, 2018
The Onion’s fake, sharp piece is a snap as accurate as can be, of a country where gun ownership has turned into a matter of ideology. While Americans are far from being indoctrinates of the NRA, a quick look at the organization’s campaign contributions reveal they have succeeded in controlling their politicians. And as long as that continues to be the case, “thoughts and prayers” are surely the only actions to be expected.