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Hollywood’s evolving take on gun rights
Monachus Lex ^ | September 10, 2012 | John Pierce

Posted on 09/10/2012 7:42:34 PM PDT by JohnPierce


“America is a country founded on guns. It’s in our DNA. It’s very strange but I feel better having a gun. I really do. I don’t feel safe, I don’t feel the house is completely safe, if I don’t have one hidden somewhere. ”

- Brad Pitt

In 1999, back when the Brady Campaign was upfront about their goals and called themselves Handgun Control, Inc., they ran a full page ad in USA Today entitled “Open Letter to the National Rifle Association.”

The letter called for a nationwide “one handgun a month” rule, waiting periods for handgun purchases, an end to private sales, and a complete and permanent ban on so-called “assault weapons” as well as normal capacity magazines.

Signing this “open letter” were dozens of Hollywood stars and media personalities. The list included many names that you would expect to see promoting gun control. Alec Baldwin was a signer, as was Candice Bergen. Other names included Cher, Kevin Costner, Phil Donahue, Richard Dryfus, and Spike Lee.

But there are other signers who might surprise you and even more surprising celebrities who have supported gun-control during their careers. In the case of these stars, the hypocrisy is almost palpable. These are actors who make a great deal of money starring in movies that glorify gunplay but who wish to disarm law-abiding citizens.

So why talk about this now? Well … the impetus for this article is the recent release of the movie Expendables 2. This movie is the perfect microcosm of the divide on gun rights in Hollywood. The movie stars some of the most pro-gun stars in Hollywood while simultaneously featuring some of the most anti-gun. And which stars are in which category might just amaze you.

On the pro-gun side we will start with Chuck Norris. Where gun rights are concerned, you can’t say enough about Chuck Norris. He is a truly dedicated supporter of gun rights, a celebrity spokesperson for the NRA, and the honorary chairman of the NRA’s “Trigger The Vote” campaign.


The next pro-gun star from the Expendables is Bruce Willis. In a 2006 interview, Willis made it clear that he supports the Second Amendment and considers gun-control bad public policy

“If you take guns away from legal gun owners then the only people who would have guns would be the bad guys.”

But now we must turn to the anti-gun stars. I will start with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Like many politicians before him, Arnold’s run for the governorship of California featured a promise that he “supports the Second Amendment” followed by a list of “responsibilities that gun owners must follow in owning a firearm”.

From Arnold’s perspective, those responsibilities included supporting the Brady Bill, submitting to the arbitrary ban on popular sporting firearms, giving up private sales, and complying with storage requirements that make self-defense virtually impossible. When pushed on the issue by reporters, he stated “I’m for gun control. I’m a peace-loving guy.”

And finally we turn to Sylvester Stallone. Stallone, living in the UK, was asked about US gun culture and made it very clear that he is no friend of gun owners, calling for door-to-door confiscation of all handguns.

“Until America, door to door, takes every handgun, this is what you’re gonna have. It’s pathetic. It really is pathetic. It’s sad. We’re living in the Dark Ages.”

But a new era appears to be dawning in Hollywood, with many stars voicing their support for gun rights. Recently, in an interview with the BBC, Ice T was asked about gun rights in the US and deftly defended the right to keep and bear arms in the face of hard questioning by the interviewer. I salute Ice T for his position and his debating skills.


And finally, the dynamic duo of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are apparently living the gun owners dream. Brad recently bought Angelina a private shooting range at their home in France valued at over $400,000. And why wouldn’t he? After all, Angelina is quoted as saying that shooting guns is a bit of an “aphrodisiac.”

Need I say more? Well played Mr. Pitt. Well played indeed.

But Brad’s love of guns doesn’t end there. In a recent interview with British magazine Live, he waxed somewhat poetic about his childhood with guns.

“I got my first BB (air) gun when I was in nursery school. I got my first shotgun by first grade. I had shot a handgun by third grade and I grew up in a pretty sane environment.”

Talking about the Aurora Colorado shooting, he went on to defend gun ownership by law abiding citizens as a bulwark against criminals.

“I absolutely don’t believe you can put sanctions or shackles on what is made. Nor do I want to pretend the world is different than what we witnessed that night.

America is a country founded on guns. It’s in our DNA. It’s very strange but I feel better having a gun. I really do. I don’t feel safe, I don’t feel the house is completely safe, if I don’t have one hidden somewhere.”

He ended the interview with a slap at those who would use such tragedies to promote their anti-gun agendas.

“To turn around and ask us to give up our guns … we’re going to give up ours and the bad guys are still going to get theirs. It’s just in our thinking. I’m telling you, we don’t know America without guns.”

TOPICS: Government; Music/Entertainment; Politics
KEYWORDS: angelinajolie; bradpitt; gunrights; hollywood

1 posted on 09/10/2012 7:42:42 PM PDT by JohnPierce
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To: JohnPierce

Brad Pitt? You’re hurting me here. Well, OK. On this one issue I agree with Brad Pitt. BTT.

2 posted on 09/10/2012 7:45:38 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

Lol. He does seem to have the right idea where gun rights are concerned.

3 posted on 09/10/2012 7:46:55 PM PDT by JohnPierce
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To: JohnPierce

Brad Pitt?????

Well as they say, even the blind squirrel finds a nut
every now and then.

Doesn’t make him a paragon of virtue or patriotism.

4 posted on 09/10/2012 8:09:41 PM PDT by nvscanman
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To: nvscanman

No it doesn’t. But it does affect the views of those Brad Pitt fans who will take his word for anything. I suspect we would all be saddened to know just how many people are that celebrity-focused.

5 posted on 09/10/2012 8:13:24 PM PDT by JohnPierce
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To: JohnPierce

Very surprised with Stallone. He’s supposed to be a solid conservative from what I’ve heard. He’s been on Hannity and Rush.

6 posted on 09/10/2012 8:34:46 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: nhwingut

That blew me away as well. And he didn’t just call for gun control, he called for door-to-door confiscation! :(

7 posted on 09/11/2012 7:58:50 AM PDT by JohnPierce
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To: JohnPierce
I think Stallone should start the door-to-door confiscation. I suggest he start in the englewood/washington park area in Chicago since they seem to be having lots of problems. When If he gets shot perhaps his opinion on door to door confiscation might gain some reality nuance.
8 posted on 09/11/2012 9:42:59 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Durus

Oh no. Like the rest of the anti-gun elitists, he would expect others to do the dirty work while he sits back and lectures us on how pathetic we are as a nation. :(

9 posted on 09/11/2012 11:54:44 AM PDT by JohnPierce
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