A controversial ad from a moderate gun group features America’s Founding Fathers debating whether the second amendment should state, “It’s the right to bear arms, not the right to be a dumbass.”
Calling itself the “third voice” in the gun debate, the group Evolve says “safety is not a side.”
Evolve's website asks gunowners to “Take On The Code,” a pledge for gun safety that states, “I believe that owning a gun is not just a right, it’s a responsibility.”
“I will keep all of my guns unloaded, locked and properly stored when not in use,” the code also says. “I will be answerable for every gun I own at all times.”
The group's founding couple, Jon and Rebecca Bond, says they’re not against guns, but rather irresponsible gun use.
“People immediately shift to the defensive arguments that exist within the political debate. And we’ve got to be able to get above that,” Rebecca Bond told MSNBC. “We cannot make it a rights conversation, a laws conversation. It really includes everyone, so there isn’t a gun owner, a gun manufacturer, in this country that should be offended by that message.”
Evolve’s ad “The Bill of Rights for Dumbasses” is set in colonial America with America’s Founding Fathers discussing the language of the Second Amendment.
“Ah, tell me Jefferson,” says a politician in a white powerdered wig, “Do these amendments do adequate honor to your consitution.”
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, as long as people aren’t being dumbasses about it,” says a man playing Thomas Jefferson.
“Sounds good to me,” the politician says.
“You don’t need the dumbass part,” says Jefferson.
“Without it how will future generations know that the right to own a gun doesn’t give you the liberty to act like a dumbass with it?” the politician asked. “How will people know that they shouldn’t leave loaded guns lying around the house, unlocked will-nilly? Or that you shouldn’t be all cavalier when you handle one?”
“It’s common sense. I mean like duh,” says Jefferson. “Nobody’s gonna be that dumb.”