Marvel’s The Punisher will premiere November 17, which we didn’t learn during Marvel Television’s presentation at the 2017 New York Comic-Con because if never actually happened.
The panel for the latest Marvel Television/Netflix co-production was cancelled out of respect for those who were killed in Las Vegas (which makes sense considering the Punisher is particularly fond of guns. And while the violence that he projects is typically directed at various shades of criminal–and isn’t real–I applaud Marvel for being wise enough to see that it would have been in particularly bad taste).
Though what’s worse than ‘bad taste’ is willfully neglecting the issue, which is the ready availability of guns combined with the moral cowardice of our so-called representatives–who respond to almost monthly mass shootings with condolences and regret, but never with legislation that actually does anything to prevent such violence in the first place (so forget about anything as commonsensical as limiting the amount of guns one person can own–or ways to make them even deadlier, like bump stocks).
Let’s be honest: if we had rules to limit the amount of weapons a person could own, if conversion kits (which change a semi-automatic rifle to, essentially a full automatic) were illegal to sell or own, if background checks to purchase weapons were thorough and rigorous and if buying a gun meant you were registered in a national database (which would flag ‘unusual’ purchasing patterns) it likely wouldn’t be the end of gun violence.
But it would (probably) be lessened considerably, and mass shootings would be significantly less ‘massy.’
Though even if it did nothing at all, it would be better than burying our collective heads in the sand, waiting for the next time.
And isn’t that a bit more important than whether or not the Punisher appears at Comic-Con?