Reconciling celebs’ politics, performances
“In a PSA for gun control, celebs say ‘Enough.’ But is Hollywood saying ‘enough’ to the assault weapons these same actors use in films that kids watch?”
Larry Elder, a radio talkshow host and bestselling author, has been the subject of profiles by both CBS’ “60 Minutes” and ABC’s “20/20.” His works include “The 10 Things You Can’t Say in America” and “Showdown: Confronting Bias, Lies and the Special Interests That Divide America.”
Sandy Hook, Conn. A killer’s mother inexplicably leaves firearms in the home she shares with her mentally unstable son. He kills her, and goes on a rampage that ends with 26 people dead before the killer turns a gun on himself. The Democratic Party, the one the Hollywood community nearly monolithically supports, blames guns.
Hollywood, too, blames guns.
In a new YouTube video called “Demand a Plan,” a parade of A-list, armed-body-guarded celebrities call for further restrictions on guns. Led by Jamie Foxx, the video ends with a somber Conan O’Brien who stares at us and says “Enough.”
Is Hollywood saying “enough” to the very assault weapons these same actors tote around in the shoot-’em-ups kids watch at metroplexes, like the one in Aurora, Colo.? Have you seen the Jamie Foxx/Tom Cruise shoot-’em-in-the-face movie, “Collateral”? Sit too close to the scene, and you could almost feel the blood splatter on your knees.
After the Aurora shooting, Harvey Weinstein called for an industry summit, saying it’s time to “discuss (filmmakers’) role” in “violence in movies.” To show the gravity of Weinstein’s commitment after the Sandy Hook tragedy, he canceled the star-studded Hollywood red-carpet premiere festivities for the violent “slavery-fantasy” film “Django Unchained.” No scenes were cut from the film, understand. Nor was the Christmas Day release postponed — just the premiere party, you know, out of respect.
The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre points to popular culture, specifically the entertainment community’s violent movies and videogames. The Washington Post cites studies disputing the correlation between media violence and real-world violence. When liberals dispute the alleged relationship between real violence and fictional violence, facts, studies and data matter. When liberals assert an alleged relationship between guns and violence, facts do not seem to matter.
Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt, for example, tried to explain something the anti-gun crowd ignores, chooses not to think about or considers irrelevant: that each year hundreds of thousand of Americans use firearms for self-defense. To this, CNN host Piers Morgan called Pratt “an incredibly stupid man.” Well, Mr. Morgan, is it true, as claimed by Florida criminalist Gary Kleck, that 2.5 million Americans each year use a firearm for self-defense? Is it true that of that number, 400,000 people believe that, were it not for the gun they used, they would have been killed?
The Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore explains why we possess “too many guns.” White people are afraid of black people. Whites do not buy guns because they fear “freckle-faced Jimmy.” Racist whites buy guns because they fear the black kid named “Mookie or Hakim or Kareem.” But if gun proliferation and gun violence stem from white bigots who fear blacks, why do nearly half of the nation’s murders involve both black killers and their black victims?
NBC’s “Meet the Press” host David Gregory, who works in a heavily fortified building, scoffed at the NRA’s suggestion of placing armed security in every school. But Gregory, like most rich anti-gun liberals, sends his own kids to a heavily firearm-protected private school — the same one where President Obama sends his kids, along with their Secret Service protection. Like most elite private schools, Sidwell Friends employs campus security officers. There are at least 11 security officers, presumably armed.
One more thing about the celebrity gun ad. Someone put up a video with these celebrities and their anti-gun comments — followed by scenes of gun violence from their own movies. It’s called “Demand a Plan? Demand Celebrities Go F-ck Themselves.”
The sequel is better than the original.