Agreeing with problematic newscaster Piers Morgan is not something we thought we would be doing this week, but when he’s right, he’s right. While appearing on his TV series Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, Morgan interviewed Dan Roberts, a pro-gun user in the US, and proposed a simple question; why are Kinder Surprise chocolates banned in the US and not military-grade rifles for civilians?
Although legal in many parts of Europe and in Canada, Kinder Surprises, which are chocolate eggs with small plastic toys inside that can be deemed choking hazards, are banned throughout the US. It’s significantly easier to buy an assault rifle in the United States than it is to buy a chocolate egg with a toy inside.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 3, 2017
The interview between Morgan and Roberts, a member of the NRA, quickly escalated into a shouting match, with Roberts responding to the Kinder Surprise comparison by saying “That is absolutely false! These are exactly the kind of lies that I’m talking about. This is a lie Piers and you know it.”
In a world full of fake news, let’s be clear. Morgan is telling the truth. The sale of Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs in the US is illegal under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, but the second amendment allows for the sale of military grade weapons, like the guns an American used on Sunday night to kill more than 50 people, and wound more than 500 at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas.
Morgan’s point is one that clearly depicts the outrageous imbalance in the US between what is deemed acceptable and what is not, or more specifically, how protected pro-gun users are in all 50 states.
Many Twitter users responded to Morgan’s Kinder Surprise and gun comparison.
The fact that kinder surprise eggs are banned in America but you can buy a machine gun from Walmart is scary
— Ryan Hughes (@Ryan_Xeidtz) October 3, 2017
Much like the pro-gun argument that knives and baseball bats can also kill people, some Twitter users pointed out that while Kinder Surprises can be deadly, they’re not even close to being able to inflict the same number of casualties as an automatic assault rifle.
tfw America bans Kinder Surprise Eggs cause 3 children choked on them but guns are still fine
— death 🦆 (@ZornAusAeonen) October 2, 2017
People can and have been fined for Kinder Surprise eggs, but this year President Trump made it easier for those who suffer from mental illness to purchase guns.
Today I learned that Kinder Surprise 🥚🍫 are not only illegal in the US, but that a couple was once fined $12,000 for smuggling *ten* of them in.
Trying to wrap my mind around dramatically overprotective laws like that existing in parallel with super relaxed gun laws.
— Benny Lewis (@irishpolyglot) October 4, 2017
The numbers to support anti-gun movements in the US are staggering.
1300 children are killed each year by guns in the USA…but it’s Kinder Surprise Eggs that are banned.#GunSense
— Cult of Eh (@CultOfEh) October 2, 2017
Kinder Surprise eggs are just one of the items on the list of products more difficult to obtain in the US than a gun.
things more regulated than assault rifles:
– Kinder Surprise Eggs
– birth control pills
– fucking lawn darts
– Camembert cheese
— Mia Bee (@im_a_mia) October 2, 2017
It’s time for the US government to reexamine their priorities.
Ok so the US are scared kids will choke on that massive plastic thing in the middle of kinder surprise but not that they’ll get shot?
— Honor Sorrell (@honor_sorrell) October 3, 2017