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its role in desensitizing millions of
individuals to acts of violence.
his own films for its violence. (He
didn't say whether or not he'd return
the film's royalties.) In November,
"Star Trek: The Next Generation"
actor Brent Spiner used Twitter to
announce his belief that all gun
owners were dangerous.
These were just the latest in the
ongoing barrage of offensive lectures
by Hollywood's self-appointed social
engineers to which we've, sadly,
grown accustomed.

LEADING THE WAY?
A study released by the American
Academy of Pediatrics last November
surveyed nearly 1,000 of America's
top movies since 1950 to study trends
in depictions of violence. Among
the study's key findings, researchers
found that overall movie violence has
doubled since 1950, with incidents
of gunplay in pg-13 movies-which
account for half of the top-grossing
film revenues-having tripled since

"Criminal Minds" and "Law &
Order: svu" have given way to
grittier, edgier shows such as "The
Walking Dead," "Breaking Bad"
and "Sons of Anarchy," along with
titles such as "Game of Thrones,"
"True Blood" and "American Horror
Story"-all purveyors of graphic
aggression and violence.
Thanks to developments in
technology, these shows are also more
readily available, while advances in
computer-generated effects empower
Hollywood to portray violence in far
more realistic ways than ever before.

"SECOND AMENDMENT MY A**," RANTED
DANNY DIVITO VIA TWITTER. "MELT 'EM."
Past examples include Matt Damon,
who famously admitted, "I actually hate
guns. They freak me out."
"I haven't used a gun anywhere
other than on a movie set," actor Mark
Wahlberg insisted, defending the cringeworthy timing of his film "Shooter" just
days after the Virginia Tech shooting. "I'd
like to see if we could take them all away.
It would be a beautiful thing."
Famed James Bond actor Sean
Connery has campaigned for gun bans
in Great Britain.
"Second amendment my a**," ranted
Danny DiVito via Twitter. "Melt 'em."
These cinematic luminaries are
convinced they're converting their
platform into meaningful social change,
presuming a fan base accumulated
through entertainment gives them
license to lecture the rest of society
about gun violence. For actors who are
accustomed to reciting whatever words
someone else puts in their mouths for
top dollar, it isn't hard to become a
pawn of the anti-gun industry. And in
a meticulously staged world where they
get to be the good guys who accomplish
things no one else can, it's an easy
philosophy to adopt.
But law-abiding gun owners aren't
amused or entertained by professional
pretenders uniting to curb our rights.
Instead, it's time to turn the spotlight
back on the film industry and highlight
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1985, outpacing even r-rated films.
Of course, as in any 5 million strong
organization, nra members undoubtedly
have a widely varying taste in films. The
arts have always featured depictions of
violence, and obviously some have their
place in movies as well.
But for an industry that spends its time
(on and off the clock) arguing against
gun ownership, Hollywood isn't exactly
blazing a trail to peace and pacifism.
Instead, combat and conflict are the silver
screen's bread and butter. Hollywood
doesn't just glorify a culture of violence-
it thrives on it.
tv violence fares no better. Following an
industry meeting with Vice President Joe
Biden in January 2013, the Parent-Teacher
Council (ptc) surveyed 392 episodes of
prime-time network programming over
a period of 30 days, finding that nearly
half contained violence, and nearly a third
depicted gun violence. The ptc audited one
popular network's fall line-up and found
eight of its nine shows contained graphic
violence and brutality.
Another report from 2007 indicated
televised violence overall has increased
75 percent since 1998. Similarly, a report
from the Harvard School of Public Health
in 2004 showed an increase in the amount
of violence portrayed on television from
1992 to 2003, and an increasing leniency
from ratings committees.
Law enforcement shows such as

February 2014

PART OF THE PROBLEM
After the release of the Sandy
Hook "Demand A Plan" appeal,
a widely circulated rebuttal to the
video demonstrated just how far the
hypocrisy went. The "Demand A
Plan" re-edit portrayed the absurdity
of the actors' anti-gun platitudes by
interspersing their high-minded pleas
for gun control with movie scenes in
which they butchered, massacred and
mowed down victims with guns.
It's a stark conundrum-
denouncing violence while exploiting
it. Hollywood just can't escape the
rules they created-guns are both
necessary and kind of cool. Naturally,
they take a principle to unhealthy
extremes, but when things go haywire
and the zombies, aliens or enemy
agents are on their way, the first
order of business is finding a weapon.
And when preparing for the worst,
heroes from Bond to Bourne are
outfitted with the latest and greatest
in offensive weaponry. Hollywood is
legendary for fashioning the worstcase scenarios that drive home the
utility of guns, and the actors claiming
to shun violence ironically spend their
careers portraying its inescapability.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester
Stallone and Kevin Costner are just a
few examples of Hollywood he-men



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