It happened after a person on X, formerly known as Twitter, asked followers to name something the USA invented “without Googling,” of course.
Idle only needed three words for his brutally honest response: “Mass school shootings.”
Considering that 175 people have died in 15 mass shootings connected to U.S. schools and colleges between the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and the Nashville, Tennessee, school shooting this past March, many people thought Idle had a point.
Some added on to Idle’s post, noting America’s notoriety for its serial killers, and the common use of “thoughts and prayers” as a valid response to the gun violence.
Others noted how school shootings have affected other areas of American life, such as the invention of bulletproof vests for kindergartners.
But some people didn’t like Idle’s comment at all. Not one bit.
In fact, one person suggested he go back to being “almost funny.”