The song has drawn much criticism, because many think the song's message is that violence is OK. However, "Foster the People" the band that performs the song said the song's purpose is to start a conversation between parents and kids on gun violence! The song was written and recorded in five hours while leader Mark Foster was working as a commercial jingle writer. Many people also believe the song to be about the Westroads Mall shooting in Omaha, Nebraska because the lyrics name the shooter as Robert which is also the name of the Westroads Mall shooter. However, these allegations were "just a coincidence," according to the band. For more info on the song, click the source