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Turns out America already has pretty strict bomb control.
YouTube personality Chad Prather is being roasted on Twitter after he publicly pondered why people in Austin weren’t protesting for “bomb control” in the wake of a series of bombing attacks that left two people dead and multiple others injured.
Where are the marches and protests for bomb control in Austin?
— Chad Prather (@WatchChad) March 20, 2018
It was a sentiment not unlike Lisa Kennedy Montgomery’s widely panned comment about “Truck Control” following the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) October 4, 2017
People seemed to find Prather’s logic pretty easy to pick apart, starting with the obvious.
Bombs are already illegal ya dummy. https://t.co/Mh9sGV6uI4
— Lori Hyrup (@LoriHyrup) March 21, 2018
Bombs are illegal you fucking moron. https://t.co/KPz2D3LyW6
— feminist next door (@emrazz) March 21, 2018
He's right. Bombs really should be illegal. https://t.co/z24tbgoYSk
— Fredrick Soukup (@21stcenturyfred) March 21, 2018
Prather tried to pivot from this criticism by claiming that this was the point he was trying to make to all along.
Bombs are already illegal yet being used to murder people. So you’d like to make guns illegal which will accomplish what? I just proved to you that illegal things still murder people. Do you have a clue yet? I’m doubting it.
— Chad Prather (@WatchChad) March 20, 2018
An average of 96 people in the United States are killed by guns every day. While the number of people killed by bombs is less—it’s actually hard to find statistics for that since it hardly ever happens—no one was buying Prather’s argument about bombs.
I mean hell, might as well do away with all that pesky legislation on DUIs, murder, and drugs! I mean people are going to do it anyway so whats the point.
While we're at it, since people are going to have abortions anyway, might as well not worry about that either. pic.twitter.com/rWHDrKgIqZ
— Thisguy🍻 (@BeernBrownsGuy) March 20, 2018
We'll have those marches…when bombs aren't already illegal/nearly impossible to obtain, the death toll from bombs isn't a FRACTION of those of shootings & when illiterate man-boys like you start crying that getting to keep their bomb toys is more important than children's lives https://t.co/qL8gbCjuGH
— Brian Salisbury (@BriguySalisbury) March 21, 2018
People were also quick to point out that bomb control seems pretty strict already.
— McBriggett (@McBriggett1285) March 21, 2018
Yeah, once I can go to the Bomb Store and legally purchase a bomb to "protect" myself from all the other legal bomb owners, then we can talk. You nitwit. https://t.co/j7P4xMahUc
— B(an all nazis)eaver (@goronhead) March 21, 2018
Oh yeah let me just waltz over and pick up one of those boomy bombs from the local bombmart https://t.co/ogwfFeWatQ
— Anthony (@_vaxx) March 21, 2018
In fact, since Prather first posted it on Monday, there has been a nonstop deluge of people calling the tweet very dumb.
based on several of his tweets, i think i've found the dumbest guy on twitter. ugh. https://t.co/MjjcFB5o4G
— jeffrey steffens (@thisismysafety) March 21, 2018
…so since bombs are illegal, only the bad guys will have bombs? The only thing that can protect us from a bad guy with a bomb, is a good guy with a bomb? Teachers should have bombs? (Too bad the NBA is already taken I guess.) HT @emrazz https://t.co/LoTTbODkhT
— John Powers (@JohnPowersUS) March 21, 2018
we really need to call out the national bomb association for their insistence that the solution to bombs is more bombs https://t.co/8OczOqU9qX
— heath (@heathdwilliams) March 21, 2018
Imagine being so stupid and so far up your own ass that you think this is a sick burn. https://t.co/EaarC3bShe
— Glamazon Bitch (@WellActuary) March 21, 2018
Where were all the marches and protests for volcano control at Pompeii?! Where, I ask you?! 😰 https://t.co/p9JVzLC9tZ
— Jokarr (@jokarr33) March 21, 2018
Prather has made a career out of stirring up such controversies, mainly by sitting alone in his truck and doing things like ranting about NFL protestors, or threatening violence against transgender people, who he refers to as “sexual predators.” You know, the kind of stuff that lands you on Fox and Friends.
Prather has also now decided that talking to himself in the cab of his truck qualifies him to be a stand-up comedian. He’ll be touring across the United States starting in April, which may give him a chance to learn about the more metaphorical kind of bombing.
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.