Stewart Reynolds, known as one of Twitter’s favorite Canadian comedians “Brittlestar,” has drawn attention with remarkably simple yet entirely spot-on videos mocking U.S. gun culture and the arguments commonly made by those against the idea of any kind of gun control.
He makes satirical videos on a regular basis, but the ones on gun control tweeted out shortly after the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton are particularly biting and relevant.
The first one, tweeted on August 4 and titled “STICKS ARE COOL!” shows how absurd the anti-gun control arguments are when applied to any other situation.
"STICKS ARE COOL!" pic.twitter.com/dN4bTR3ilJ— Brittlestar (@brittlestar) August 4, 2019
“What about banning sticks entirely from your house?” Reynolds asks other Reynolds, playing a man whose kids won’t stop hitting each other with sticks.
“What? No, we couldn’t do that,” says the Reynolds representing the U.S. “Sticks are cool.”
He then made and tweeted another video two days later specifically targeting arguments made by Donald Trump and others that video games are to blame for the nation’s many, many mass shootings. In this one, his dog keeps eating food off of the counter.
BLAME VIDEO GAMES ???????????? pic.twitter.com/wuBXLMITQD— Brittlestar (@brittlestar) August 7, 2019
“‘Maybe it’s because you leave food on the counter,'” Reynolds recounts pet professionals telling him, “but we just knew it wasn’t our fault. Finally it dawned on us. The problem was video games.”
“Video games have been blamed for all bad behavior since they were invented,” he said. “Though I’m not a fan of violent video games, I know that their popularity in various countries doesn’t correlate to the level of gun violence. So blaming video games seems almost like a red herring. It becomes comical.”
“It’s literally the least I can do to try to make the world a bit better.”
Whether or not it’s helping the world, it is at least bringing many people some joy during these dark times.
The National Stick Association approves this message.
— Nicholas Shanks (@nickshanks) August 5, 2019
I bet the neighbor receiving regular generous donations from Big Stick doesn’t help the stick-reduction plans either.
— rdwrt (@rdwrt) August 5, 2019
So spot on that I feel sad for Americans.
— Jan Erik (Puro) S. (@PuroYO) August 5, 2019
You need to get out more.— Brittlestar (@brittlestar) August 4, 2019
Thanks for the laugh in showing the absurdity of the dialogue being used to distance any responsibility to real solutions.
— Stu heaton (@HeatonstuHeaton) August 9, 2019
I honestly had no idea that video games were so insidious – any chance that video games are the reason my kids keep hitting each other with sticks?
— Quantum Entangler (@QuntumEntanglr) August 9, 2019
Brilliant. From a southern neighbor.
— Quaker Nana (@QuakerNana) August 10, 2019
— Foxy Mama (@thenorthernfox) August 7, 2019
As I sit here and think back over 50+ years of memories
Bad choices damn those video games, oh can I throw in twister for pre video era blame
— CherylMcL still me honest (@Cherylmcl57) August 7, 2019
Before board games or movie, people blamed mass violence on violent books. We don’t know what people did before the printing press was invented.