Guns Cause All The Trouble (meme)

Guns Cause All Of This Trouble!

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Guns Cause All Of This Trouble! refers to a 2012 political cartoon about gun control that turned into an exploitable. It shows two parents watching TV about a school shooting, and their child or son in the background playing a violent, shooting video game, shouting, "Kill them! Kill them all!" Meme creators replaced what was being said in the speech bubbles and replaced the media on each TV, making ironic iterations. The most common replacement of the son's speech bubble were -ussy variants like Clussy. The template took off en masse in early the 2020s amid events like the 2022 Buffalo, New York Supermarket Shooting.

Origin

On December 16th, 2012, cartoonist Ron Smith Jr. posted tweets[1][2] reacting to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, citing violent video games as pre-cursors for real-life gun violence. On December 28th, 2012, Smith Jr. drew a cartoon titled, "God Will Know His Own," depicting a young boy being radicalized by violent video games while the parents are clueless, instead proclaiming to an opposite TV, "Guns cause all of this trouble!" (shown below). The original cartoon link has since been deleted, however, on December 31st, 2012 it was included in a Blogspot[3] blog.


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Spread

On June 21st, 2016, the cartoon was included in a blog post on a website run by Medium.[4] On February 16th, 2018, Smith Jr. reposted his cartoon in a tweet,[5] captioning it, "Video games train you to fight, kill and waste an enormous amount of time….Until one finds use for such skills….." Over the course of four years, the tweet received 28 likes (shown below).


Rob Smith Jr @RobSmithJr ... @IngrahamAngle Video games train you to fight, kill and waste an enormous amount of time....Until one finds use for such skills..... (One of my political cartoons) #IngrahamAngle #Outnumbered #Foxnews GUNS CAUSE ALL OF KILL THEM! THIS TROUBLE! KILL THEM ALL!! VREEP VIP VIP np Vie SCHOOL MASSA CRE www Com 11:42 AM · Feb 16, 2018 · Twitter Web Client

Inspired by Smith Jr.'s February 2018 resharing of the meme on Twitter, the cartoon spread to other outlets, progressively becoming associated with Cursed Boomer Images often shared on Facebook. For instance, on February 22nd, 2018, Redditor Praise_Allah1 shared Facebook screenshots to /r/gaming,[6] earning roughly 11,400 upvotes in four years (shown below).


Posted by u/Praise_Allah1 4 years ago 11.9k Mmmm Post ZRost nares Thursday at 5:57 PM · O QUESTION / Discussion: Who believes that video games play a significant roll in the teenage violence that results in these tragic mass shootings? If not games - It's right, it's a very good point. 1d Like Reply then what does? (Thoughts & Prayers for the victims and families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida). You ever wonder why little jimmy doesn't pick up Star Wars Battlefront and immediately start shooting people? The answer is because games actually have nothing to do with mass violence. People who commit mass murder are deranged and angry. They didn't get this from video games, they got it from being bullied or having a terrible life all together. Or are you saying that the mental illness is caused by video games? Sounds pretty stupid doesn't it. Notice how the first school shooting occurred in 1764. Do you think video games helped those kids kill their principal and peers? No, because video games didn't exist. People have been messed up forever. The guns don't cause it and the games don't cause it. The ability for a deranged person to obtain a gun is the cause. Please stop posting ignorant things. Cartoon by Rob Smith, Jr. Political Cartoons & Commentary – with Rob Smith Jr. GUNS CAUSE ALL OF KILL THEM! THIS TROUBLE! KILL THEM ALL! VREEP SCHOOL MASSA CRE Just now Like Reply

On October 23rd, 2019, the cartoon was shared to /r/boomerhumor[7] by Redditor Spicy-Meat_, earning roughly 2,000 upvotes in three years. The next day, on October 24th, Redditor u/Amateurlapse posted the first-known exploited version of the template to /r/bonehurtingjuice, [8] replacing the speech bubbles with words about Obama, earning 49 upvotes in three years (shown below, left). The cartoon surfaced again within a meme on Reddit's /r/memes,[9] posted by Redditor bankruptbank69 on November 1st, 2020, using a SpongeBob template and earning roughly 36,500 upvotes in two years (shown below, right).


2/3 of people with mouth agape produce speech bubbles. What passes for news these days? Huh huh, yeah, Thanks obamer! VREEP VIP SCHOOL MASSACRE com GUNS CAUSE ALL OF THIS TROUBLE! KILL THEM! KILL THEM ALL! VREEP Vie SHOOL MASSA e Sorry i dont speak wrong

Starting in 2021, the cartoon was exploited en masse on Twitter, iFunny and on the OkBuddyRetard subreddit. For instance, on April 14th, 2021, a since-deleted Redditor posted a version to /r/AnarchyChess[10] that replaced the boy's TV screen with a chess game, earning roughly 17,400 upvotes in one year (shown below, left). On September 30th, 2021, Redditor average_dankster posted a version to /r/okbuddyretard[11] that replaced the boy's TV with "Wallpaper Engine," earning roughly 9,100 likes in eight months (shown below, right).


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After the 2022 Buffalo, New York Supermarket Shooting, a new iteration emerged from 4chan's /trash/[12] imageboard that replaced the boy's screen with Martha Speaks, in reference to the shooter having that on his phone screen during the livestream.

Various Examples


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Templates


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Search Interest

External References

[1] Twitter – @RobSmithJr

[2] Twitter – @RobSmithJr

[3] Blogspot – 12/31/2012

[4] Medium – 06/21/2016

[5] Twitter – @RobSmithJr

[6] Reddit – /r/gaming

[7] Reddit – /r/boomershumor

[8] Reddit – /r/bonehurtingjuice

[9] Reddit – /r/memes

[10] Reddit – /r/AnarchyChess

[11] Reddit – /r/okbuddyretard

[12] 4chan – trash/

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ImperatorZor
ImperatorZor

At this point "Video Games Cause Violence" is barely even a rhetorical fig leaf. Whatever traces of being an honest postulate have long since been falsified by decades. We know this and the people who make it know this. It's been five decades since Pong, nearly four decades since the original release of the NES as the Famicon in Japan. Kids who played HALO in High School now have kids playing Elden Ring. The number of people who grew up in a zero-video game enviroment is small and declining rapidly.

The Purpose of "Video Games cause Violence" is no longer to convince people to blame video games. It's to derail honest discussion as to why violence happens with the same tired rigamarole of refuting the long since debunked rage button line.

It's the old fogie equivalent of 4chan political shitpost.

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