America's First Freedom - April 2014 - 35

C O V E R

S T O R Y

by

Dave Kopel

Harvey Weinstein-
the maker of some
of the most violent
movies of all times-
announces plans for a
new film attacking nra
members, claiming he'll
make them "wish they
weren't alive after I'm
done with them."

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ovie mogul Harvey Weinstein boasts
production credit for 279 films. He is
about as big a deal as a person can be
in Hollywood.
Meryl Streep is generally recognized as one of the greatest
movie actresses of all time, nominated for more Academy
Awards than any other actor. Now, Weinstein and Streep are
teaming up for a new movie, "The Senator's Wife," which
Weinstein says is intended to destroy the National Rifle
Association and firearm manufacturers, moving America
forward to complete gun prohibition.
On Dec. 21, 2012, nra Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre criticized
Hollywood's "blood-soaked films" for their sensational portrayals of violence.
Included in Harvey Weinstein's filmography are some of the most notoriously and
sadistically violent films ever made.
Weinstein's revelation about the upcoming nra movie came in an unusual way,
during a Jan. 15, 2014, radio interview on the "Howard Stern Show." Weinstein is
currently directing a movie about the 1943 Jewish uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto
during the Holocaust. He said this story of "Jews with guns" is one he has wanted
to tell his whole life, ever since he was nine years old and his aunt gave him the
book "Mila 18" by Leon Uris, a historical novel about the Uprising.
Stern asked Weinstein how a movie portraying armed Jewish resistance to the
Holocaust could be squared with Weinstein's strong support for gun prohibition.
Weinstein responded that guns were justifiable to fight genocide.

"This is when you're marching halfa-million people into Auschwitz," he
said. "I mean, whatever, I'd find a gun
if that was happening to my people.
... I don't think we need guns in this
country. And I hate it. The nra is a
disaster area."
Weinstein's reasoning is weak. He
wants guns banned, but he also wants
genocide resisters to have guns. Where
are those guns supposed to come
from, anyway? Real-world resisters
can't just make a phone call to the
props department.
In the Warsaw Ghetto, the resisters
started with just 10 handguns and some
cartridges they had stolen from the
Nazis. If Weinstein was aware of the
real history of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto
Uprising, he would know that the
uprising was greatly weakened by the
gun confiscation the Nazis had imposed
after conquering Poland in 1939.
Perhaps sensing that he had talked
himself into a corner, Weinstein shifted
the discussion to a related topic.
"I shouldn't say this, but I'll tell it to
you, Howard," he said. "I'm going to
make a movie with Meryl Streep, and
we're going to take this issue head-on."
As for the nra, he boasted, "They're
going to wish they weren't alive after
I'm done with them."
Weinstein further explained that the
movie would not be a documentary,
but rather a "big movie like 'Mr. Smith
Goes to Washington'." In the classic
"Mr. Smith," Jimmy Stewart portrays
a naïve and good-hearted man who is
appointed to the u.s. Senate, discovers
that Congress is totally corrupt and
launches a successful filibuster in
support of his proposal to build a
national boy's camp.
Weinstein predicted that his new
movie will destroy the American
firearm industry, because he would
create such strong anti-gun sentiment
that nobody would want to own stock
in firearm manufacturers.
"It's going to be like crash and burn,"
he claimed.
In "The Senator's Wife," Streep
will apparently portray the title
character. Follow-up reporting by the
entertainment blog "Deadline" explained
that the movie is intended to "expose
the nra for their behind-the-scenes
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