In response to the recent 14 December 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy, filmmakers have a right to make any movie they want. Moviegoers have a right to pay to see any movie they want. This discussion has to do with the issue of gun control as a solution to the phenomenon of assault-rifle mass killings, as well as the hypocrisy of filmmakers and actors in glorifying gun violence on the screen while issuing a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for stringent gun control aimed at American citizens. My view is that an assault rifle is a rifle to defend citizens against “assault.” This is guaranteed by the Second Amendment. Filmmakers and moviegoers have their rights. Citizens have a right to bear arms in defense against assault of their home or person. I have a followup to this post at [society, psychoses and weapons: what to do? pt. 2].
Many celebrities have spoken out about gun control. Some of the biggest names in Hollywood have even stepped up and offered to use their fame to change the current gun laws. Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Will Ferrell, Beyonce, Chris Rock, Steve Carrell, Ellen Degeneres, and others have appeared in a video called “Demand A Plan.”
Image: Demand A Plan screen capture
[ For video, please see: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/new-video-mocks-celebrities-demand-a-plan-gun-control-psa/ ]
While it is perfectly acceptable for famous folks to trade on their celebrity status to promote causes they deem to be important, it has also been noted that many of the people in the video have earned fortunes by appearing in movies and TV shows that promote guns and gun violence.
A new video is quick to point out this hypocrisy. The alternative campaign called “Demand A Plan? Demand Celebrities Go **** Themselves!” has surfaced on the web [caution: violent themes and images]. It uses a combination of clips from the actual “Demand A Plan” video and intercuts it with violent scenes from virtually every single star in the PSA.
For the record, the “Demand A Plan” campaign is an effort from “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” and the San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Both group’s websites host the 1:22 video calling for American citizens to contact their elected officials and demand action on gun laws.
From Demand A Plan’s website, here are their three specific requests regarding gun laws:
- Require a criminal background check for every gun sold in America
- Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
- Make gun trafficking a federal crime, including real penalties for “straw purchasers”
It should be noted that every state in the union requires a criminal background check when a licensed firearms dealer sells a gun, any gun. The first item on the list seems tied to a push requiring background checks on private gun sales and those made at gun shows.
Hat Tip: Sailing Manuel for inspiring the full video version.
2.) The following is a mission statement from: http://www.demandaplan.org/
ABOUT DEMAND A PLAN
After the July 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, President Obama and Governor Romney made moving statements that echoed the sorrow we all felt. But we need more from our leaders than a moment of silence. We need a moment of action.
More than 48,000 Americans will be murdered with guns during the President’s next term. How can President Obama face that chilling fact without a strategy to end gun violence?
It’s time to demand a plan. That’s why in July 2012 Mayors Against Illegal Guns partnered with survivors of recent mass shootings — including Aurora, Tuscon and Virginia Tech — and the families of the victims to launch www.DemandAPlan.org.
Throughout the election season, we demanded to hear what each of the presidential candidates planned to do about gun violence. We didn’t get real answers, even when President Obama and Governor Romney were asked directly at a presidential debate what they would do to keep guns away from dangerous people.
Now that Election 2012 is over, we and more 900,000 supporters will continue to demand that the President and Congress tell us the concrete steps they will take to prevent 33 Americans from being murdered with guns each and every day. And we will continue to press all of our elected leaders to protect every American’s right to safety and security, without living in fear of gun violence.
3.) The following is an exchange I had on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, on the following Facebook site, People Over Politics: https://www.facebook.com/notes/me/#!/photo.php?fbid=549464635066307&set=a.361837760495663.95686.176963112316463&type=1&theater
Steve Bort: A relative just showed my wife and I “Resident Evil IV” and “The Avengers” last night. He loves action movies. I think there were more guns, bigger guns and more blood in those movies than I had ever heard of or seen in real life. They’re paid big bucks to use those guns and spill that blood, but you know what–it sells. As soon as it stops selling, then Hollywood stops producing those movies. Here’s an action item: Boycott Hollywood action movies which glorify gun violence.
R.L.: Make believe; that’s like saying “ban cartoons, that glorify immaturity.” Unless you have lived under a rock for the last 100 years, everyone knows movies are make believe. Gun Lobbyists are real life, supporting companies that create weapons which end up in the hands of children and sick people.
Steve Bort: Make-believe is created by filmmakers for profit. Moviegoers justify it as make-believe, which transcends make-believe with every new technological advance-HD, Blueray, 3D. How long before interactive holographics? Would that be make-believe also? The filmmakers are the biggest hypocrites on the blue planet as the true 1% whom they criticize, and the gun control that they preach (like Mexico’s president who chastises the U.S. for gun control when their citizens are defenseless and look for work across the border in “el Norte” while all the guns and money are with the el Presidente, the Drug Lords and the extortionist Mexican Prison officials). There’s make believe; there’s capitalist profit (out the wazoo in Hollywood’s case), and there’s reason. There’s no reason for turning make-believe violence (the Road Runner) into interactive holographics for profit. It’s pure hypocrisy.
R.L.: For them it is profit, for us it is entertainment, and from the dawn of man, we have always wanted better and better. It is the natural evolution of that media form. When holographic entertainment is realised then yes, it will still be make believe, because you will be playing a part, in a digital fantasy world, that only exists while you are there. We are talking real life here; guns really kill people. Normal people, sick people, are killing other people WITH GUNS. These real life killing machines, machines which were created for no other reason that to hurt and/or kill the person it is pointed at, as efficiently as possible.
Steve Bort: “Evolution” towards “playing a part.” Wow! Okay, so “The Hunger Games” is somewhat of an update of “Logan’s Run.” Jenny Agutter, of “Logan’s Run” even appears in “The Avengers.” Alice Cooper was my favorite concert of 1973 with his Billion Dollar Babies tour. I still watch Vincent Price movies. I love Robert McGammon’s “Swan Song.” There’s a place for the entertainment of Horror, and it’s found in the “catharsis” that’s found in many stories, or entertainments. I say there’s hypocrisy in the evolution of “playing a part” for profit, brought on by exponential “advances” in technology. When does “The Hunger Games” become real—the ultimate evolution of playing a part? Besides, and this is a whole other argument, you eliminate fire by eliminating one of three elements–oxygen, fuel or a spark. With mass killings or gun crime, you have to eliminate society, psychoses or weapons of any kind–guns, machetes, bombs, fire, etc. Only a reasonable human being can eliminate weapons. Forget eliminating society or psychoses. Creating defenseless-of-guns citizens will not create defenseless-of-weapons or non-retaliatory citizens, just like posted “Fire-BAN” signs in a forest will not prevent people from throwing a cigarette out of their window.
R.L.: I think you will find that the majority of the western/1st world, gets on perfectly fine without having the citizens armed. In fact, there are strict gun laws in the majority of those countries, and their gun-crime rates are at a minimum. This isn’t coincidence. As for your first part, I stick to my original point; it is the difference between fantasy and reality. Fantasy doesn’t happen. We know it isn’t real. We know these people aren’t actually the characters they are playing. Hunger Games is held in a dystopian future, post apocalypse style world. This isn’t cinema, or literature or TV. Intelligence comes into it. We have a different world. We cannot start censoring entertainment based of people’s sensibilities. Now I’m going to stop since that is a WHOLE different convo, lol.