Now that he’s won his battle against those Tide Pods that supposedly look like candy to small children, who are, apparently, eating them by the millions, Chuck Schumer is taking on yet another threat to your very health and safety, and everything you hold dear in this life and the next.
Ladies and gentlemen, Chuck Schumer is here to rescue you from cell phone cases that kind of look like guns.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is raising alarm about the sale of iPhone cases that are made to look like the handle of a 9 mm handgun.
In letters to online retailers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the senator said the product is a disaster waiting to happen and warned it might violate federal law.
The New York senator’s warning had an immediate effect; Amazon and eBay told news outlets they were removing listings for the product.
“We should be doing everything in our power to end the rash of gun violence across the country, however, this product simply promotes it,” Schumer said Tuesday. “Moreover, this iPhone gun case can result in tragedy if mistaken for a real gun.”
He also appeared at a press conference on Tuesday alongside law enforcement officials who have for weeks on social media warned people against purchasing the cases, fearing they could be mistaken for real weapons.
There’s a modicum of legitimacy to law enforcement’s concerns, especially given that, if police reasonably believe you’re holding a weapon, they can assume you’re going to use deadly force against them, and generally, that means they can use deadly force against you. It’s not smart to shove one of these in the back pocket of your jeans if you’re planning on a friendly, neighborhood burglary, say.
But I’m not sure we need Chuck Schumer to save us from the gun cases, especially if you consider that the plastic cases might already be illegal. But I suppose Chuck Schumer has never led the logic of a situation interrupt his plan to capitalize on possible publicity.