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FROM THE EDITOR
Imagine What a Pro-Gun
Pop-Culture Hero Could Do
By Frank Miniter, Editor in Chief
Can the Second Amendment
have a real
pop-culture hero today?
I am talking about a
character who understands
that guns are a tool of individual
freedom and responsibility
and who lives that way. A pop-culture
hero who, even within today's
political whirlwinds, keeps his core
cemented to the beauty of the individual
liberty protected within the
U.S. Bill of Rights.
A character on the
iconic scale of 007 who,
unlike the actor Daniel
Craig, isn't embarrassed
to use the tools of the trade
for good. An action hero
who, unlike the actor Liam
Neeson-who has done
fi ne fi lms like " Taken " yet
has also spoken out against
our right to keep and bear
arms-understands the
importance of this very practical
individual right.
Th is would be no small thing in
this age of anti-heroes, a time when
even our military veterans and our
heroes in blue are too often treated
as if they are deeply fl awed men
and women.
Hollywood has lately brushed up
against real heroes. Th e " John Wick "
movie franchise, the Paramount
Network's TV drama " Yellowstone "
and some other productions don't
treat guns as if they're evil sidekicks.
Still, guns in these movies and shows
mostly appear when something bad
is about to happen. Th ey therefore
treat guns as a negative necessity
for some, not the freeing tools they
clearly are in most American's hands.
Th is is why I created Sid McDaniel,
a heroic, pro-Second Amendment
character starring in the " Cyber
Hunter Series " of thrillers now available
on Amazon or wherever you like
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just out, is Th e Deep State Revolution.
Guns, to McDaniel-as they are
to anyone who understands this
hands-on right-are tools of freedom.
Th ey are something to master.
Th ey are mechanical instruments
we need to be profi cient with in a
dangerous world. Like other tools,
they can be used to do good or bad
things. As they can be used for good
or bad, taking guns away from a free
people weakens or even destroys all
of our rights, making good citizens
vulnerable to the worst among us
(people who won't, by defi -
nition, follow gun laws).
Not trusting we the
people with our Second
Amendment rights means
that a person doesn't
believe that this democratic
republic can work
and so must be transformed
into something
else, as President Joe
Biden (D) is now trying to
do. To combat this deeply false narrative,
we need pop-culture heroes
who aren't afraid to maturely wield
this freedom; we especially need
this so we can eff ectively reach
the millions of citizens who've
recently opted to purchase a gun for
self-defense.
After all, the big, positive parts of
American gun culture-the self-defense
and sport this individual freedom
protects-are mostly left out of
today's pop culture. Today, the fact
that guns empower women, that they
are an equalizer allowing the weakest
person to stand up to the strongest
criminal until the police can get
there, is rarely addressed outside of
publications like this one.
So yes, imagine if we changed that
in popular culture; we could do it
with positive characters, new heroes
who appreciate American freedom.
We really can, you know. Th ere are a
lot of gun owners in America today.
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