Wasn’t Alderaan From ‘Star Wars’ a Gun Free Zone?

Here’s something fans of the iconic Star Wars franchise will surely appreciate as much as we did…

This meme serves two quality purposes. First, it gives us a fresh plate of nostalgia for when the series that had a profound effect on American cinema was focused on telling a powerful story about good and evil, fathers and sons, and the eternal struggle for freedom — rather than a social justice-ridden celebration of intersectionality. Second, it helps highlight the utter absurdity of gun free zones.

For those who don’t remember too clearly, in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, the planet Alderaan is destroyed by the Empire’s gargantuan Death Star after Princess Leia is asked to pinpoint the location of the elusive Rebel base. Though she eventually complied, Governor Tarkin orders her home planet to be destroyed anyway as a warning to resistance fighters across the galaxy.

It’s interesting to note that the Empire met no resistance when the Death Star arrived. As Leia Organa herself noted, the planet had no defenses — which certainly didn’t help change its fate. As we come to learn later on in the movie, the Death Star is far from being invincible — but this is only discovered after a bunch of people with weapons ride up nice and close to it.

~ Facts Not Memes


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