The victims had not yet been recovered and police were uncertain who had done the Washington Navy Yard shooting, but that didn’t stop actor Henry Winkler, the “Fonz” of “Happy Days” fame, from reaching his conclusion.
On Twitter, he said, “ANOTHER shooting in WASH D.C. PLEASE America do nothing to promote gun control. because thats how we roll until we have all shot each other.”
Was this the “jump the shark” moment for the gun-limit crowd? From the sound of some of the responses to Winkler, it’s a possibility that the movement has reach the point from which decline is inevitable.
“@hwinkler4real Why don’t you at least let the bodies cool before you start your classless gun grabbing….” wrote Dblnaughtspy.
Added lekiax, “@hwinkler4real How about we wait for the facts to come out before we start assigning blame? Ignorance at its finest.”
“Really? You do know DC is a gun free zone? Only criminals carry. My BFFs 21 y.o. son is on lock down there now. Priorities?” said WrapVegas.
And jlhutch84 wrapped it up with “Looks like@hwinkler4real is jumping the shark again…”
“Jumping the shark” references an episode in the fifth season of “Happy Days” when a water-skiing Fonz jumped a penned shark. It has come to mean the moment, especially in a television show, when a decline begins that is beyond recovery.
Although it first was used in reference to television shows, it now indicates a moment when something loses the qualities it needs to survive.
Twitchy reported on Winkler’s comments, which came Monday amid a surge of other politicized comments about the tragedy in Washington, which is estimated to have claimed over a dozen lives. One gunman who was identified was dead.
The comment from Winkler drew a huge response, such as from 403Doggstar: “Stick to punching juke boxes. DC has strict gun laws already. How are they working?”
JosephMehler1 said, “Military bases AND DC are already gun free zones. How about you tell us how well that worked out?”
Said another, “A law on paper won’t stop psychos from shooting.”
At Buzzfeed, Andrew Kaczynski said, “How the NRA handles a shooting: Silence.”
Brad Cundiff responded right away, “How Buzz Feed fires without aiming.”
Among his comments:
“Rule 5: Gun ownership is essential to freedom, as in Serbia & Guatemala. Gun restrictions lead to tyranny, as in Australia & Canada.”
He also contributed, “Any attempt to stop mass casualty shootings is ‘political.’ Allowing them to continue is ‘non-political,’ and, “It is ‘ghoulish’ to suggest in any way that the easy availability of guns might in any way enable gun slaughter.”
The National Journal also noted that absence of facts as many were making political statements about guns.
Russia’ parliamentary chief, Alexey Pushkov, for example, insultingly tweeted, “A new shootout at Navy headquarters in Washington – a lone gunman and 7 corpses. Nobody’s even surprised anymore. A clear confirmation of American exceptionalism.”
The Nation’s Dave Zirin noted that there have been radio ads for AR-15s, “It’s eerie they’re using the gun that commercials locally are hardcore pushing people to buy.”
Others who come from a little more conservative perspective pointedly noted that the site, effectively, was a gun-free zone. From Katie Pavlich, “In a gun-free zone, again.”
Steve Watson at Infowars noted that a study by guns rights advocate John Lott found with only one exception, “every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people were killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.”