Republicans Back Fake ‘Kinderguardians’ Proposal in Sacha Baron Cohen Satire

U.S. lawmakers were pranked into backing a fake “Kinderguardians” program to teach kindergartners how to use guns to defend themselves in school shootings in the premiere episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s provocative new Showtime series “Who is America?”

Baron Cohen posed as Erran Morad, an Israeli anti-terrorism expert who says that the NRA’s plan for arming schoolteachers does not go far enough to curtail gun violence, and proposes a new program, “Kinderguardians,” in which children ages 3 to 16 are armed with guns.

The character sat down with various conservatives including Philip Van Cleave, gun rights advocate and the president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League; Larry Pratt, executive director emeritus for the lobbying group Gun Owners of America; Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) in order to convince them to support his proposal of arming children to prevent school shootings.

The video of their comments on Morad’s proposal also included Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) along with former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), who openly advocated and supported his proposal.

“He got me,” Walsh tweeted. “All I can do is laugh and own it.”

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Kalyna White is an Assistant Editor at HSToday for Climate Change Security and is the STEM Ambassador to the Board of Directors for Women in Homeland Security. She is the founder of LABUkraine, a non-profit organization that builds computer labs for orphans in Ukraine. Since 2011 she has worked with Women in Homeland Security to encourage middle and high school student to pursue STEM careers by organizing and supporting field trips to STEM missions throughout the homeland security enterprise. She is also President of the University of California, San Diego Pi Beta Phi chapter.

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