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or years now, representatives from
the Michael Bloomberg-founded,
and funded, Everytown for Gun
Safety have been slipping into Hollywood
studios, writers' rooms and elbow-rubbing
parties, intent on infl uencing storylines
and, thereby, shaping public opinion.
Nevertheless, gun use-from
action blockbusters to cop shows to
superheroes to military movies-are
still the mainstay of the entertainment
money machine, indicating
that Everytown's eff orts have mostly
amounted to a flop.
" Guns have always been a part of
American life. Th ey're just going to
naturally show up and be a part of
the fabric of these stories, " said Hollywood
fi lm producer Mark Joseph.
" I don't see
that changing
anytime
soon unless we want
to tell these stories
inauthentically. "
Gun use on popular
prime-time dramas doubled
from 2000 to 2018, according
to research by the Annenberg Public
Policy Center (APPC) of the University
of Pennsylvania, published
March 2021. " Our research found
that gun use substantially increased
from 2000 to 2018 on prime-time
TV dramas in the U.S., a trend that
paralleled the use of fi rearms in
homicides. Just as the entertainment
media contributed to the uptake of
cigarettes among vulnerable youth,
our fi ndings suggest that it may be
doing the same for guns, " said the
study's author.
TV dramas might be more
focused on criminals with guns
today than they were in 2000, but
this trend clearly doesn't parallel the
use of fi rearms in murders. Crime
and murder in the real world did not
double over this period. Variables
ranging from policing strategies to
poverty can infl uence crime, and
can help explain the rise and fall of
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murder and crime rates throughout
this time. In fact, the overall trend
has been downward. (And, as this
was being written, reported rises in
murder rates and other crimes in
American cities in 2020 were clearly
linked to riots, pushes to defund the
police and other factors.)
It feels like a stretch to blame
Hollywood dramas and fi lms for an
increase in violence that occurred
after riots and defund-the-police
movements. Nevertheless, APPC
research director Daniel Romer
specifi cally pointed the fi nger at the
" entertainment media " for contributing
to the recent uptake in the violent
use of fi rearms some cities are
now experiencing.
Several people who work in the
entertainment industry, but who for
obvious reasons wish to remain off
the record, said this is just another
example of Hollywood hypocrisy-the
studios use depictions of
guns to increase their own bottom
lines, but then demonize law-compliant
Americans who want to use
a constitutional right to protect
themselves.
While it might be diffi cult to sort
through all the hypocrisies, it is
apparent that the gun-control crowd
is very interested in using Hollywood
to push their anti-Second
Amendment views.
Gun-Control Messaging
In 2015, Everytown established
a " Creative Council " chaired by
actress Julianne Moore that is
stuff ed with " actors, directors, musicians,
artists, designers, producers
and writers, along with other partners
and allies in the entertainment
F
industry " who are focused on using
their " communications skills and
the power of culture to galvanize
Americans " to support additional
gun-control laws. Th e anti-gun
group employed several individuals
to further the endeavor, with
titles such as " Director of Cultural
Engagement " and a " Senior Director
of Cultural Engagement. "
Th is was an eff ort to spread antigun
hashtags, orchestrated by Hollywood
heavy-hitters with lots of
followers. Th ey wanted to encourage
the public to reach out to elected
representatives to reject pro-Second
Amendment bills by repeating a
spoon-fed script.
In March of last year, the
actresses Laura Dern, Chelsea
Handler and Rashida Jones joined
forces in Beverly Hills for a private
showing of the 12-minute fi lm
" If Anything Happens I Love You, "
co-presented by Everytown and the
prominent United Talent Agency
(UTA). Th e animated short centered
on the anguish experienced
by parents who lost their daughter
to a murderer in a school. Th e event
additionally featured speeches from
survivors and family members of
massacre victims who are now fi ghting
for more gun-control laws.
With a big push from internal
powers, the Michael Govier and
Will McCormack-directed fi lm
went on to mark Netfl ix's fi rst Oscar
in the animated short category in
April 2021.
Th is has been going on for a
while. By 2016, there were also some
evident script incorporations. In the
Netfl ix series " House of Cards, " fi rst
lady Claire Underwood endorsed
a new roster of gun laws with the
backing of a fi ctionalized group
called " Families for Gun Reform. "
Th e website for the fi ctitious antigun
lobby, which, as this was being
written, was still active, directs
users to a very real Everytown site.
Th at same year, a " Welcome to
the Gun Show " sketch comprised an
episode of " Inside Amy Schumer, "
with Everytown executives boasting
that they had done a 90-minute
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