In response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend, Netflix announced that it will replace firearms with Nerf guns in all of its “Netflix Original” content.
Netflix Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings explained that the company would do its part to help solve the gun violence issue, and not be scared off by special interest groups.
“Something needs to be done about the gun problem in the United States,” Hastings said. “The government might be intimidated by the NRA, but Netflix isn’t.”
“By the end of 2019, our Netflix Original programs will no longer feature firearms. It’s Nerf or nothing.”
Gun control activist David Hogg told reporters he was impressed with Netflix’s decision.
“Statistics show us that there have been zero mass shootings carried out by someone armed with a Nerf weapon,” Hogg said. “I applaud Netflix for taking such a brave step in the fight against senseless violence.”
“Many of the El Paso victims may have survived if the shooter had opened fire with a Nerf Maverick Rev-6, rather than a weapon of war.”
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said he would cancel his subscription if Netflix went through with its decision.
“First they talked about doing away with smoking in their shows,” LaPierre explained. “Now they’re trying to take away guns and replace them with foam dart shooters?”
“I’ll totally cancel my subscription, and that will be tough for me to deal with because I’m a big Orange is the New Black fan.”