After the shooting, the group “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” launched this “Demand a Plan” PSA with help from celebrities including Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx. In the video they voice the names of cities where mass shootings have occurred and “demand a plan” to end gun violence.
Shortly after the PSA was released, this parody video showed up on YouTube. (This is the clean version) It shows the celebrities from the “Demand a Plan” video acting in violent roles.
Fox 5 showed people the two videos and got a variety of responses.
“I think the movies do glamorize killing to the point where people become insensitive to it,” said Ken Falasco, San Diego visitor. “So blood, gore and all that other stuff is just like another day in the park. And I think the public demands it more than anything else.”
“The second video I definitely think is wrong,” said Kylie Hastings, Coronado resident. “The first one I think it’s good for the celebrities to stay what they think and to get children thinking about it.”
“The movies aren’t what the problem is,” said Jonnalee Falasco, San Diego visitor. “Violence has just become institutionalized and it’s just part of the mainstream now and you see it everywhere.”
The “Demand a Plan” video and parody aren’t the only examples of how gun control posts are going viral.
Recently Marine veteran Joshua Boston posted a CNN iReport. In the letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein he criticizes her gun control bill.
Boston writes, “I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own.” He later writes, “ I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.”
Just like the YouTube videos, the letter is sparking a lot of online response regarding gun control.