Skip to comments.A Progressive Priority: Celebrity Gun Buy-Backs
Posted on 12/23/2012 12:08:10 AM PST by Kaslin
It is, perhaps, the ultimate do as I say, not as I do scenario: progressive entertainment stars and politicians telling us that we shouldnt possess firearms.
So now would be a good time for American progressives to rise up and do for their icons, as their icons seek to do for us: its time for an entire movement of celebrity gun buy-back events.
Gun buy-back events, if youre not familiar, have been proliferating nationwide over the past decade or so. They usually involve a local law enforcement agency setting-up a designated time and location where individuals can hand-over their firearms without fear of arrest or prosecution, and receive some sort of reward typically a gift card - in return. The goal is to get guns off the streets, and thousands of Americans have willingly and freely participated in these events over the last ten years.
The assumption that undergirds these events is the same one that animates the anti-gun ownership movement generally: guns kill people. That is, of course, an illogical assumption; a gun is merely an inanimate object, and is incapable of doing anything apart from human instigation. In fact, apart from the God-given intelligence and creativity of human beings who figured out what to do with the raw materials and physical matter, guns, as such, wouldnt exist at all (neither would anything else outside the realm of the natural created order).
But lets apply this assumption to all of America, and not just to those of us who are thought of as the unwashed masses. If one believes that guns kill people, then one should want every American to abandon them and every American should most certainly include New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Last Thursday (less than one week after the Connecticut school massacre), Governor Cuomo announced that hell be proposing more gun control legislation for his state next year. "I don't think legitimate huntsman is going to say I need an assault weapon to go hunting, he noted at a press conference. And, bad grammar aside, wed also have to conclude that legitimate Governor doesnt need a weapon in order to do his Governor thing, either. So please, Mr. Cuomo, let peace and tranquility begin with you hand over your guns. And as you make a public disclosure of every weapon that is in your private possession, well ask you to sign a pledge to never allow your security team to carry weaponry either, because as we all know, Governor guns kill people.
As beloved as Mr. Cuomo is, there are undoubtedly millions of Americans who would willingly make this a true buy back experience for him. A $50 gift card to Target or Walmart is probably of little value to the Governor (buy-backs usually involve just such an exchange), but campaign cash is no doubt meaningful. Come on, progressives, this is your moment offer up a donation to the Cuomo For President 2016 campaign, once he hands in his personal weapons and signs the un-armed security pledge. And while youre at it, make the same arrangements with Vice President Biden, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Boston Mayor Thom Menino. Weapons for-campaign cash; this should be the ultimate gun buy-back program.
And how about the entertainment stars among us who helped bring the anti-gun ownership government to power? Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Kate Perry and Bruce Springsteen are just a few of the rockers who endorsed President Obamas re-election and the President is now leading the charge on gun bans. And then theres Beyonce, Conan Obrien, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Anniston who appear in the new Mayors Against Illegal Guns video. Yes, the mayors claim to support 2nd Amendment Rights, yet their definition of an illegal gun is kind of whatever they want it to be. So please, progressives, step up and do the right thing: once the celebs hand over their weapons and sign the unarmed security pledge make sure to do your part and buy lots of their movie and music downloads.
The thought of applying the flawed logic of progressivism universally is a thought that doesnt occur to adherents of progressivism. Despite their happy talk about equality, progressives have never accepted the Jeffersonian idea that we are all created equal on the contrary, progressivism is steeped in a history that believes in the superiority of certain categories of persons, and inferiority of certain others.
Ill opt for being on the progressives inferior list, as I exercise my right to protect myself. But progressives, please follow your own illogic, and demand that your iconic leaders do as well.
Sounds good, the celebrities emptying their gun vaults, publicly vowing to never own or hire a gun again, as the celebs pile their guns on the tables, their tearful bodyguards joining the moment and unholstering and surrendering their own guns.
It sounds kind of sweet and moving, they all can explain how all they really need is their phone, and a good front door lock.
You don’t really believe that they give up their guns and bodyguards, do you?
yeah, you first, celebrities. no more guns for you, no more bodyguards for you. see how you like living unarmed.
Not ony would they have to surrender their firearms, they’d have to give up their highly paid personal bodyguards, too.
Not likely, but then in a Marxist dictatorship, the commissars always live a different life from that of the proles.
What’s that picture supposed to be? Three of those are BB guns.
Trickery used to reaffirm the stupid that Hollywood cares. on a finanacial note: Getting 200 dollars for thier sons bb gun that they paid 39.95 for is a score
You’ll put your eye out!
Not to belittle lever action rifles, but you’d figure they would come up wit a more menacing looking picture.
Am I crazy or are some of those guns BB guns. One looks like a Daisy $22.00 special.
Need some expert opinion here.............
Everyone should realize that celebrities live in a dream world of imagination. Their world is not like ours. They don’t live in the real world and never will.
Disarm celebrity body guards!
Hire non-violent body guards!
If ever a problem arises, they can just talk the guy out of it. Can’ we all just get along?
A semi-automatic VZ58 (bottom) and BB guns are seen on a dealer's table at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
Well the point is the semi automatic at the bottom
I mean don’t blame me for the photographer taking the picture of three BB guns and only one semi automatic laying on the table
Believe me...the reporter taking the picture didn’t know the difference between a real gun and a BB gun. You can take that to the bank.
All that they need to see is a gun without a red tip on the barrel and it is a dangerous “killer” weapon that needs to be ripped from the hands of law abiding citizens.
Oh, I don’t doubt it. Especially a reporter from Rooters