“James Madison” clarifies the American right to bear arms

Posted by Tom Megginson | 15-01-2013 23:51 | Category: Politics


Here’s an interesting example of un-sponsored, independent, comedic activism on a current issue. (The video itself is almost a year old, but the issue has recently heated up, post Sandy Hook.)

American comedian Mike Polk Jr. plays the part of James Madison, fourth President of the United States, “Father of the Constitution” and author of the Bill of Rights. In the short video, Polk resurrects the dead president to explain the historical context of the famous American “right to bear arms” and insist that assault weapons would never have been included in it.

In the United States, this is inflammatory rhetoric. (Polk has disabled comments on YouTube.) Although stronger proponents of gun control will note that the performer strongly advocates for private handgun ownership “to protect your family”.

Mike Polk Jr.

My comment


Your comment will not be visible until a moderator approves it.

Some rights reserved 2005-2013 Osocio/Houtlust.
Disclaimer. Terms of use. Privacy statement.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Support us

Do you like our blog? Support us with a donation.
We're non-commercial. We all make Osocio pro bono in our spare time and we can use some support.

image of a graduation cap

Recent in Academy

Is this eating disorder ad too sexy?

It’s a serious question. This woman has the typical idealized body of a model, and despite the scary body painting, the portrayal is undeniably drawing attention to her curves and bare skin. When I think about eating disorders, I try to imagine looking in the mirror and seeing a funhouse…
Read more

Book review: Hidden Persuasion

33 psychological influence techniques in advertising Designing for behavior change is our thing here on Osocio.  We discuss the wide area of social campaigns from all over the world. ‘Is it a good or bad campaign’ is our first question. And we often judge a campaign based on professional principles…
Read more

About Osocio

Osocio is dedicated to social advertising and non-profit campaigns. It’s the place where marketing and activism collide. Formerly known as the Houtlust Blog, Osocio is the central online hub for advertisers, ad agencies, grassroots, activists, social entrepreneurs, and good Samaritans from around the globe.
Read more

(the about page is also available in Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese 汉语/漢語, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Nihongo 日本語, Ivrit עברית, Filipino, Polski, Português, Russian Русский язык, Slovenčina, Suomi, Svenska and Türkçe)