Should Children Have Guns? Sacha Baron Cohen And Friends Say Yes
Sacha Baron Cohen explains why it’s ok for children to bear arms in Showtime’s latest show Who is America?
Sacha Baron Cohen, the mastermine behind hits like Borat, Da Ali G Show, Bruno and more is back at it again with his latest installment of Who Is America? which aired on Showtime on July 15th at 10 pm. In only a few days, the show has already started an uproar all over the internet. The segment that most people are talking about can be watched in the link below.
Cohen (who also happens to be married to Isla Fisher) is a master of disguise and in this show, it’s no different. He first takes on the appearance of Colonel Erran Morad, an “anti-terror expert” in the latest series.
Throughout the episode, Cohen interviews several pro-gun advocates in order to beg the question “should young children have the right to bear arms?” His first interviewee is Philip Van Cleave, the President of Virginia Citizen’s Defense League. Van Cleave has been featured on a variety of news outlets talking up guns like the Bushmaster XM15-E2S, which is one of the guns used in the Sandy Hook shootings back in 2012.
After their interview, Cohen and Van Cleave appear in a kids-show-like clip, showing off a variety of guns that are masked as kids’ toys. In the show, they demonstrate how kids can easily use firearms like the “Puppy Pistol”, “Gunny Rabbit”, “Dino-Gun” and even a “Rocket Ship RPG” that “can send the bad guys to the moon if they attack your school with a truck of big, scary fireworks.”
For the second installment of the show, Cohen goes to Washington D.C. to interview Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America. Pratt, who helps lead the 1.5 million-member organization talks with Cohen about how to get a program giving children as young as 4-years-old the opportunity to bear arms.
Cohen's proposal to get firearms into the hands of 3 and 4-year-olds is then taken to Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican Congressman of Florida. Cohen's request for support is quickly turned down by the congressman. Gaetz states “typically members of Congress don’t just hear a story about a program and then indicate whether they support it or not”, which is then followed by a handful of politicians, ranging Trent Lott, former Senate Majority Leader to Representative Joe Wilson shown on camera supporting similar causes to teach young children how to defend themselves.
The only person that seems not to be duped by Cohen in his latest prank is the legend himself, Bernie Sanders - who in another clip on Showtime’s YouTube page is asked by Cohen (dressed up as another character) “why not have 100% of people in the 1%?” while showing Sanders a chart by the International Institute of Scientific Truth and Knowledge. We’ve never quite seen a face more filled with skepticism than Bernie’s after being asked the question. Sanders is also one of the only liberal politicians Cohen has interviewed in the series so far.
The video on YouTube already has nearly 11 million views and has been causing quite the uproar from news outlets like CNN. Bringing up such a subject in a time where there has been one school shooting every week, on average this year is to be expected.
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