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Pulitzer-Winning Playwright Mamet Slams President’s Gun Control Legislation

Monday, 28 Jan 2013 03:06 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter David Mamet has issued a stinging indictment of President Barack Obama’s gun-control proposals.

“President Obama seems to understand the Constitution as a 'set of suggestions,’’’ Mamet, author of “Glengarry Glen Ross,’’ wrote in an opinion piece in Newsweek magazine, according to The Daily Beast.

“I cannot endorse his performance in office, but he wins my respect for taking those steps he deems necessary to ensure the safety of his family. Why would he want to prohibit me from doing the same?’’

Mamet goes on to argue that gun violence is most prevalent in big cities with the strictest gun laws.

“In Chicago and Washington, D.C., for example, it is only the criminals who have guns, the law-abiding populace having been disarmed, and so crime runs riot,’’ he writes.

“Cities of similar size in Texas, Florida, Arizona, and elsewhere, which leave the citizen the right to keep and bear arms, guaranteed in the Constitution, typically are much safer. More legal guns equal less crime.’’

The writer, who penned acclaimed screenplays including the political satire “Wag the Dog’’ and the courtroom thriller “The Verdict,’’ implies there is hypocrisy in Obama’s thinking on gun control.

“He has just passed a bill that extends to him and his family protection, around the clock and for life, by the Secret Service,’’ Mamet writes.

“He, evidently, feels that he is best qualified to determine his needs, and, of course, he is. As I am best qualified to determine mine.’’

Mamet calls the assault weapons ban “a hoax’’ and a “political appeal to the ignorant.’’

“The guns it supposedly banned have been illegal for 78 years. Did the ban make them ‘more’ illegal? The ban addresses only the appearance of weapons, not their operation,’’ he argues.



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