Satire can be an excellent way to make a point which would otherwise go ignored. The trouble with satire is that it can be very difficult to pull off properly. When it works, it can be a thing of beauty.
Today I came across a Facebook graphic which did a fantastic job of inciting anger. The message it conveyed was horrible, perhaps horrible is too weak a word, but the reaction it created was simply a thing of beauty.
The important figure in the screenshot above is the number shares the graphic received. This piece of satire made its way onto 1,500+ timelines by the time I took the screenshot. Every time someone posted a comment or liked the graphic, that person’s friends were exposed. I lost track of how many times it appeared on my timeline. I can only imagine the reach this graphic has had in just the past few hours.
When I first laid eyes on the graphic, I could feel my blood pressure rise. I’m sure thousands upon thousands of people had the same reaction. In my opinion, this is a very good thing. I can only hope that the fog has lifted and those with a less-than-fond view of guns can now realize just how important they can be in a self defense situation.
It is also worth noting that, based on what I’ve found, this is not actually a graphic released by the Brady Campaign. While I in no way wish to defend them, I think it is important to know that it isn’t theirs. I do, however, think that the message is in-line with something that they would promote.