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FROM "PULP
FICTION" IN 1994 TO
THE FORTHCOMING
"KILL BILL: VOL. 3,"
WEINSTEIN HAS
PLAYED AN
IMPORTANT ROLE IN
GLORIFYING BRUTAL
CRIMINAL VIOLENCE

Weinstein has been the producer of
three "documentaries" by Michael
Moore, "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Sicko" and
"Capitalism: A Love Story." Moore's
track record of deceit, fabrication and
libel is immense-but apparently that
is no problem for Weinstein.
Assuming Weinstein makes good
on his promise to attack the nra, the
national media will almost certainly
laud "The Senator's Wife." The release
of the movie may even be heralded as
a major turning point in the "national
conversation" about gun violence.
The various "grassroots" groups that
Bloomberg controls could exploit
the publicity to hold events and
fundraisers at movie premieres all
over the country. And the Bloomberg
machine could launch a campaign
insisting that America's mothers
demand enactment of the Bloomberg
gun-ban agenda.
Also, considering the Hollywood
heavyweights involved, "The
Senator's Wife" would almost
automatically be in contention for
several Academy Awards.
Now you might say to yourself:
"So what? I won't see that movie. No
matter what Weinstein says, a single
movie isn't going to destroy the nra
and the American firearms industry."
And you have reason for optimism.
Like many Hollywood moguls,
Weinstein knows that hype sells

movies, even if the hype doesn't come
true. So don't expect the price of stocks
in publicly traded firearm manufacturers
like Sturm, Ruger & Co. or Smith &
Wesson to plummet instantly.
But movies can affect culture
over the long term. That's the point
that LaPierre was making about
"blood-soaked films." From "Pulp
Fiction" in 1994 to the forthcoming
"Kill Bill: Vol. 3," Weinstein has played
an important role in coarsening the
movie-going audience-much of it
young and impressionable-to brutal
criminal violence.
In Hollywood, it is acknowledged
that certain types of movies are not
appropriate for young people. That's
why Hollywood now slaps an "r" rating
on any movie that depicts smoking. Yet
Hollywood sends mixed messages by
structuring its marketing campaigns
to appeal to the very people who
are supposedly too young to see the
theatrical releases of these films and may
later obtain the "unrated" dvds.
If you don't think movies matter,
consider one of Weinstein's stars,
Sylvester Stallone. Weinstein was
executive producer for the 2008 version
of "Rambo," the fourth movie in the
"Rambo" series, which debuted in 1982.
In the series, Stallone plays a Special
Forces soldier who goes around fighting
and shooting people in Southeast
Asia and the United States. The main
character's most distinctive fighting
"skill" is spray-firing a machine gun
from his hip.
Back in the late 1980s, when the gun
prohibition lobbies were just beginning
to promote "assault weapon" bans,
they convinced the media to portray
semi-automatics as "Rambo guns."
(For example, see The New York Times,
Aug. 1, 1988.)
There were plenty of people at
that time who had no idea what a
"semi-automatic" was, but who had
seen the tv commercials featuring
Rambo spray-firing his machine gun.
The public deceit fostered by the gun
prohibition lobbies was much easier
because of Stallone's "Rambo."
Presumably this was fine with
Stallone, who is a gun-confiscation
advocate and who has helped the Brady
Center raise money. It took about

two decades of public education to
overcome the "Rambo" label on semiautomatics, and even today a large
minority of the American public still
believes the lie.
Of course, "The Senator's Wife" won't
convert most Second Amendment
supporters into civil rights opponents.
But there are plenty of uninformed voters
who don't have much of an opinion
about gun policy, one way or the other.
They'll go to the movie because it features
Streep and other big stars, and some will
leave the movie believing Weinstein's
conspiracy theories.
In this respect, "The Senator's
Wife" will likely echo Moore's
Academy Award-winning "Bowling
for Columbine"-discerning viewers
will recognize it as a pack of lies, but
poorly informed viewers may take it at
face value. "Bowling for Columbine"
actually became part of the national
curriculum in French schools-
mandatory viewing for every French
schoolchild, poisoning the next
generation of French minds against
Americans and against firearms.
Of course, we would be remiss
not to mention that Weinstein has a
First Amendment right to make any
kind of movie he wants, anti-nra
or not. Likewise, though, we have a
First Amendment right to point out
the hypocrisy of an individual who
has made millions on violent films
portraying some 5 million non-violent
nra members across the country as
the enemy and swearing to make them
"wish they weren't alive."
Since President Obama has
proclaimed his continued support
for more gun control laws-laws that
would largely only impact law-abiding
Americans-there's little doubt that
he'll be a big fan of the movie. And
he's likely to use the media hype over
the film to further push his gun-ban
agenda on you and me.
In the end, whether or not
"The Senator's Wife" makes a
substantial difference in the
future of the Second Amendment
remains to be seen. The outcome
may depend in part on whether or
not civil rights supporters succeed in
exposing the film's falsehoods to the
general public.
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