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The Punisher and Gun Control

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Is Marvel/Netflix series The Punisher about gun control – should it be about gun control?

From A.V. Club:

But the thing that sets this Marvel Netflix iteration of The Punisher apart from those other gun-filled franchises is that it isn’t aiming to be a heightened, escapist action series. It’s aiming to be a grounded show about real-world issues, including the question of when and if violence is ever justified. If The Punisher wanted to be just a thrilling shoot-em-up, I would happily engage with the show on those terms. But it clearly wants to be more than just mindless action fun, so I think it’s fair to hold The Punisher to the standard it sets for itself.

Even Jon Bernthal, who plays the Punisher, says the series should start a discussion on gun control.

The Punisher is not—and never was—a poster child for gun control. Those that see the Punisher through this distorted lens seem to be missing the point. The Punisher is a gun-toting vigilante, to be sure, but they are mere tools in his trade. And he doesn’t acquire his guns through legal means. The Punisher, the Netflix series at least, seems more grounded than the comic book. It wants to know what made Frank Castle The Punisher. It’s not because he’s a gun nut. What motivates him is revenge rooted in injustice.

But vigilantism is not the core theme of the series. It’s clear to anyone watching with a discerning eye that the series is about soldiers, especially those who have actively served in both Afghanistan and Iraq and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Both Curtis and Lewis — former soldiers —  suffer from PTSD but handle it in vastly different ways

Curtis has come to term with his PTSD and is dealing with it in his own way: working a regular job, starting a support group for veterans, trying to live on an even keel. Lewis, on the other hand, is a completely lost soul, wandering in the wilderness, trying to deal with his PTSD. He tries to enlist as a mercenary but is rejected because he’s considered mentally unsound. This rejection eventually leads him to a self-destructive path.

Not to say gun control is not discussed. The issue is touched upon in later episodes, if only in a ham-fisted way. It’s just that the issue of gun control has little relevance with the Punisher. It’s about something else entirely.

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December 9th, 2017 at 9:39 am

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