Actor Larry David really made his name in Curb Your Enthusiasm, which I can’t say I ever watched. From the commercials, it looked like David played a guy based on himself who was kind of socially awkward and sort of clueless.
Now, I never really figured that what I saw was who Larry David actually was.
At least, I didn’t. Not until I stumbled upon this story about his question of Elon Musk at a wedding of all places. In the process, the actor kind of illustrated why so many gun rights folks don’t bother talking to anti-gunners anymore.
What Happened: Musk has publicly admitted that he considers himself an Independent and has voted for both Republican and Democrat candidates in the past.
While attending a wedding for Endeavor Group Holdings EDR CEO Ari Emanuel in May 2022, Musk was asked about comments he made about leaning more Republican in recent months.
Walter Isaacson, who released a biography on Musk, recalls the events of the wedding that saw David approach Musk in the recently released book.
“Do you just want to murder kids in schools?” David asked Musk at the wedding, as reported by the New York Post.
Isaacson said of the events that David “seemed to be fuming.” The comedian was seated at a table with Musk and also officiated the wedding for the talent agent.
Musk, of course, replied that he was anti-murdering kids, but that’s kind of obvious. Pretty much everyone is anti-child murder. The only people who aren’t tend to be child murderers themselves.
Yet the problem is that David actually asked this question. He genuinely asked this simply because Elon Musk had a different political opinion.
While no one should give a damn what some Hollywood type thinks, the truth of the matter is that many of us have been asked some variation of this question ourselves over our support of the Second Amendment.
And so, many of us have no interest in sitting down and discussing views with people like this because it’s pointless. People like Larry David already have their minds made up. They’re just trying to pull a “How long have you been beating your wife?” kind of thing.
What’s worse is that this is predicated on their belief that we actually think gun control works, we just oppose it for some other reason. They’ve got their minds made up.
Yet it also shows that most of them can’t argue the facts and instead want to shame people into compliance. They think we know gun control works but they can’t actually articulate how it works, so they don’t bother. They try to shame people into supporting failed and failing policies and pretend they’re the good people in this.
Frankly, Musk handled this far better than I would have. He opted to engage with David and I probably wouldn’t have.
Or, if I did, I’d have ended up in handcuffs.