Fonzie literally jumped over a shark while water-skiing in a 1977 episode of Happy Days. Ever since, the phrase “jumping the shark” has referred to a moment particularly in a TV show’s history when its popularity and quality suffers a decline due to the writers’ lack of new ideas. In a desperate attempt to regain their audience’s attention, they inject silly, over-the-top, cartoonish stunts into the story.
Henry Winkler (the guy who played Fonzie) may have jumped the shark a long time ago, but I think he’s at it again. One thing Hollywood has-beens do to appear relevant again is to make some stupid remark about guns. But most of the time, it backfires. (Think Jim Carrey and his “Cold, Dead Hand” song.)
News reports are still coming in now about the shooting that occurred at the Washington Navy Yard. At least six are dead, including two police officers, and ten are wounded:
“Witnesses described a gunman opening fire from the fourth floor, aiming down on people in the first-floor cafeteria. Others said a gunman fired at them in a third-floor hallway. As witnesses emerged from the building, a helicopter hovered over the building, schools were on lockdown and airplanes at nearby Reagan National Airport were briefly grounded. Less than 2 miles away, security was beefed up at the Capitol, but officials said there was no known threat there. President Barack Obama was getting frequent briefings on the shooting.”
It wasn’t long before someone came out to blame law-abiding gun owners for the murder spree. Here’s Henry Winkler’s sarcastic response via Twitter:
“ANOTHER shooting in WASH D.C. PLEASE America do nothing to promote gun control because that’s how we roll until we have all shot each other.”
It shouldn’t be any surprise that this murder spree happened in “gun-free” D.C. in the “gun-free” Navy Yard. The District itself has very strict gun control laws. You’re not even allowed to possess an empty “high capacity” gun magazine (unless you’re NBC host David Gregory). And as many have pointed out, military personnel aren’t even allowed to carry their personal firearms inside military installations without special authorization.
The gun-free zone didn’t stop these criminals from opening fire on people inside the building. They never stop the criminals. They attract the criminals. A gun-free zone is a safe zone for law-breaking individuals.