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Hollywood Condemns Guns while Using Them for Entertainment

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Even as Hollywood condemns the NRA as a “terrorist organization,” TV gunplay has increased.

While Hollywood condemns the NRA lobbying government to uphold the second amendment, the Parents Television Council notes their hypocrisy. Apparently, gun violence portrayed on television shows has increased. All ages are being exposed to portrayals of gunplay.

If someone suggested that the government stop such portrayals, Hollywood would immediately scream that the First Amendment was being violated. So their hypocrisy is double because they don’t care at all about the Second Amendment.

The Washington Times reports, “Hollywood condemns NRA while dramatically increasing gun violence in entertainment.

Hollywood declared war on American gun culture in 2013 with a public service announcement calling for stricter gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Now the industry is back on the attack in the wake of the Feb. 14 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Stars including Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and the cast of ABC’s “Modern Family” support this month’s March for Our Lives rally for stricter gun legislation.

Yet a study by the Parents Television Council shows that portrayals of gun violence on television have increased dramatically in recent years, even in shows deemed appropriate for children.

The entertainment industry’s love of gunplay and hatred for firearms muddles, if not negates, Hollywood’s role in a constructive conversation on the Second Amendment.

That 2013 public service announcements looks tame by current standards. Celebrities routinely dub the National Rifle Association a terrorist organization. Prominent actors such as Sally Field and Michael Keaton have blamed the NRA, Second Amendment advocates and Republicans for the 17 deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.

Nonetheless, stars defend their gun-soaked content. Jennifer Lawrence deflected blame from her industry’s handiwork during the New York City premiere of her R-rated spy thriller “Red Sparrow.”

“I think the problem is guns, not the entertainment industry,” the Academy Award winner told the press.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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