Batman Gun Symbol Puts Childish Blame on Objects Instead of Perpetrators
Article first appeared on Ammoland.com
U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Wait, did the new Batman bolt the gun that killed his parents to his Batsuit’s chest?” entertainment website The A.V. Club asked in a Thursday report on The Batman, the latest cinematic reboot of the comic book hero. The question was prompted by a tweet from director Matt Reeves that included a camera test focusing on the iconic costume symbol revealing what appears to be a gun broken up and remolded into a bat shape.
Repurposing the gun, it is noted, originated “in Detective Comics #1000, published last year, in which Bruce Wayne tracks down the gun that was used to murder Thomas and Martha Wayne, melts it down … and then uses it as the bulletproof metal that makes up the symbol.”
That it wouldn’t actually be “bulletproof” seems not to occur to anyone presuming that it would be, but then again, readers don’t turn to comic books writers’ imaginations for reality. The “thought process” expounded on to reforge the gun into a symbol, shown in another Twitter post including the relevant artwork panels, tells us much about those imaginations.
“But after tonight, it’s never going to hurt anyone again,” Batman/Bruce Wayne asserts as he melts the gun. ‘I’m going to burn the metal that killed my parents. And make it into something useful.”
“So the metal that broke my heart as a child?” he elaborates. “That same metal will protect my heart as a man. And that is justice.”
The inanimate object, rather than the perpetrator, is what gets the blame, and that’s intentional. So the demand is not to defend against killers, it’s to ban firearms demonized as “assault weapons.” At the same time, the message is sent that a gun in its original form has no use but to murder. And leaving the other 98 percent of your body exposed makes for sound tactical planning.
One gets the feeling something other than hearts got broken in the writers’ and artists’ minds in childhood – such as the ability to apply adult reasoning and see how juvenile their presumptions are about practically everything. That includes what constitutes achieving true justice, as the right of the people to keep and bear arms ultimately enables.
Then again, these are people who hero-worship a fictional vigilante that ignores due process, and who treat real people defending themselves as vigilantes. Living in their fantasy world, they also seem to think it’s a bright idea to wear a full-length cape to a street fight. But considering the source, and as I provided links to document in my September commentary on Joker, Batman has been virulently anti-gun ever since the industry got “woke” and stopped writing comic books for (chronological) kids. Too bad, because when it did, the character started out carrying and using a gun (until a new editorial director ordered creator Bob Kane to get rid of it).
The problem is, we see the same childish blame game being played by gun-grabbing groups, gun-grabbing politicians and the cheerleader DSM. Except that not quite fair—in addition to blaming guns, they also don’t shy away from blaming the NRA. And when they really feel like spreading the blame, they take a trick from the Marxist playbook and blame gun owners by smearing them as racists and extremists.
Curious, for people who claim to be all about equality, the Opposite Day “progressives” reject the most egalitarian power-sharing arrangement ever conceived. And for people who decry the “social injustice” of “the One Percent,” they present as their champion a gun-hating, crusading billionaire.
As Robin would have exclaimed, back when the whole absurd concept was presented the way it merits being treated by adults:
Holy hypocrisy, Batman!
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.