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Punisher Actor Addresses Character's Place In Gun Rights Issues & The Alt-Right
Newsarama Films & TV ^ | 01/03/18 | By Chris Arrant, Editor

Posted on 01/03/2018 12:00:35 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines

The Punisher star Jon Bernthal has spoken out about the connection between the gun-toting Marvel character the current debate on gun violence in the United States, telling Esquire that he is for gun-rights - and owns one himself - but he believes there are unresolved issues in the United States' gun laws.

“I’m a gun owner. I have a gun in my house to keep my family safe. I’m trained in that gun’s use. I know how to keep it away from my kids, and I know how to use it if I need to," Bernthal explained. ”Should there be a way that a guy with mental issues like the asshole in Texas can’t get guns? Absolutely. We have to have a dialogue, and that’s not happening."

The Punisher character - and logo - have been adopted by many within the military community as a symbol of their efforts, and when asked about that Bernthal is thankful.

“I feel honored to play a guy who people putting their life on the line identify with,” said the actor.

But how does he view some white nationalists who have co-opted the Punisher's logo, as witnessed during the 2017 Charlottesville rallies?

"F*** them."

Bernthal is currently filming Universal's First Man, and is scheduled to reprise his role as Frank Castle in a second season of The Punisher on Netflix.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; marvel; netflix; punisher
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I was pleasantly surprised. I thought for sure this being liberal Hollywood he'd have some sort of mealy mouthed "fantasy vs reality" answer.
1 posted on 01/03/2018 12:00:36 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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“Alt-right”, like “neo-conservative” = THE LEFT.


2 posted on 01/03/2018 12:05:00 PM PST by Jim 0216
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3 posted on 01/03/2018 12:05:27 PM PST by Red Badger (Road Rage lasts 5 minutes. Road Rash lasts 5 months!.....................)
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>>We have to have a dialogue, and that’s not happening.

We can’t have that dialogue because the Left won’t allow lunatics to be treated as lunatics. But, they believe that a working person who votes for Trump is a deranged psychopath. There is no common language to have a dialogue. You also can’t have a discussion when one side demands unconditional surrender prior to engaging in talks.


4 posted on 01/03/2018 12:06:30 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Asking a pro athlete for political advice is like asking a cavalry horse for tactical advice.)
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Anything having to do with Marvel tends to be extremely liberal, pro-homosexual, anti Traditional Values.

you’ll note that in one of the several of the episodes they had a recurring character who constantly assailed immigrants and conspicuously wore an NRA hat.

Finally it turns out the guy is a Stolen Valor, false veteran who never saw military action at all.

MARVEL doesnt like us, they like homo stuff.

all comic magazines have had those politics for a long, long time.


5 posted on 01/03/2018 12:11:00 PM PST by gaijin
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Military units were using the logo long before the movie.


6 posted on 01/03/2018 12:11:28 PM PST by Eagles6
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Should there be a way that a guy with mental issues like the asshole in Texas can’t get guns? Absolutely.

There already is a way - it's called the National Instant Background Check (NIBC) system. It is run by our government and it failed in the case of the Texas church shooter. The truth is, government fails at almost everything it does, especially when it's "for our own good".

That being the case, I do not understand how anyone can think that MORE government interference with the 2nd Amendment would be a good thing.

7 posted on 01/03/2018 12:16:21 PM PST by WayneS (An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill)
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Is this the actor who played Shane on the first two seasons of Walking Dead? The character was a firearms instructor for the local sheriffs office so I bet the actor got some instruction on guns in order to play the role as he was shown teaching other characters how to shoot.


8 posted on 01/03/2018 12:17:37 PM PST by circlecity
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The Punisher goes back to 1974.
The Punisher logo has been part of it that far back, but military units really only recently adopted it for the current GWOT.


9 posted on 01/03/2018 12:18:09 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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How many maniacs got very far in shooting up pre-20th century West communities without being almost immediately cut down themselves?

Were there, in fact, any such lunatic actions?

If not, why not return to a scenario where basically everyone open carries?

10 posted on 01/03/2018 12:22:57 PM PST by onedoug
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The Punisher Netflix series was awful. Very poorly executed and very violent (and I am not particularly delicate).


11 posted on 01/03/2018 12:25:27 PM PST by Ted Grant
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Chris Kyle and his SEAL unit used it. RIP Feb. 2, 2013

Bernthal was a good villain on The Walking Dead. Good in Fury too.


12 posted on 01/03/2018 12:27:03 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all white armed conservatives)
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So Shane is to blame for Ricks ridiculous hold on that python?


13 posted on 01/03/2018 12:28:00 PM PST by Celerity
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The Punisher definitely framed whites concerned about their country and its security as violent bigots and phonies.


14 posted on 01/03/2018 12:30:20 PM PST by Crucial
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We can’t have that dialogue because the Left won’t allow lunatics to be treated as lunatics. But, they believe that a working person who votes for Trump is a deranged psychopath. There is no common language to have a dialogue. You also can’t have a discussion when one side demands unconditional surrender prior to engaging in talks.

Truth! This is how that conversation goes...

Liberal: We have to make sure mentally ill people can't get guns?

Me: How? There are laws now. There are reporting requirements. They are only as good as the people that have to do the reporting.

Liberal: Government needs to do more?

Me: like what? Should people go to prison if they don't do the paperwork correctly? Should the data entry folks and/or IT folks that work for the government go to jail when the system doesn't work?

Liberal: More Background Checks!

Me: More background checks than what? Should we run the background checks 2x or 10x?

Me: I think we should just build special hospitals for anyone deemed mentally ill and lock them up.

Liberal: You can't lock people up and take away their rights because of a disease!

Liberal: We just need to get rid of the guns.

Me: So we should take away the rights of the sane people so that we don't take away the rights of the crazy people?Doesn't that sound crazy to you? Do you own any guns? Has your condition been properly reported and documented?

Liberal: I'm not crazy!!!!

15 posted on 01/03/2018 12:30:37 PM PST by Tenacious 1 (You couldn't pay me enough to be famous for being rich or stupid!)
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"So Shane is to blame for Ricks ridiculous hold on that python?"

LOL, if not he's definitely to blame for not correcting it. I'm more ticked that Rick has caused the price of used python's to increase about $1000. They were always pricey but since that show got popular they have just skyrocketed.

16 posted on 01/03/2018 12:36:35 PM PST by circlecity
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I like the way he refers to the asshole in Texas as “The asshole in Texas”.

That is the only name these guys should ever get. The asshole in Newtown, the asshole in Vegas, etc...


17 posted on 01/03/2018 12:41:58 PM PST by Haiku Guy (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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”Should there be a way that a guy with mental issues like the asshole in Texas can’t get guns? Absolutely. We have to have a dialogue, and that’s not happening."

There already is a way. It was short-circuited by the Air Force not entering in military court convictions and institutionalizations. We don't need new laws, we need existing laws properly enforced.

18 posted on 01/03/2018 12:44:23 PM PST by dirtboy
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There are numerous military units that have used that logo.

I know 6/6 Cav 10th Mountain Division had their OH-58D’s painted with them.

3/87 Infantry had it on some of their vehicles.

1st Armored Division had some vehicles with it.


19 posted on 01/03/2018 12:57:41 PM PST by 2CAVTrooper (Democrats... BETRAYING America since 1828.)
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To: onedoug
How many maniacs got very far in shooting up pre-20th century West communities without being almost immediately cut down themselves?

If you look past Hollywood to the facts those big shoot outs didn't happen and what few did happen they hardly ever hit anyone.

OK Corral: Some members of the two opposing parties were initially only about 6 feet (1.8 m) apart. About 30 shots were fired in 30 seconds. Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton were killed.

20 posted on 01/03/2018 1:01:14 PM PST by itsahoot (As long as there is money to be divided, there will be division.)
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