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At home with The Simpsons

Critics have misread "The Simpsons." It is pro-family, pro-small town life and loves to mock liberal pieties

By Paul Cantor   June 2000

When Senator Charles Schumer visited a New York school last year, he received a civics lesson from an unexpected source. Speaking about school violence, Schumer praised the Brady Bill for its role in preventing gun crime. But a student named Kevin Davis challenged the bill’s effectiveness by citing an example familiar to his classmates but not to the senator: “It reminds me of a Simpsons episode. Homer wants to get a gun but he has been in jail twice and in a mental institution. They label him as ‘potentially dangerous.’ So Homer asks what that means and the gun dealer…

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