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Some Stars Benefit From the Guns They Deride

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Monday, 07 Dec 2015 11:25 AM Current | Bio | Archive

When it comes to the Second Amendment, Hollywood hypocrisy has been on display for a very long time.

In light of recent tragedies, though, the double standard that exists seems to be even more exaggerated now than in past circumstances.

Many celebrities are woefully comfortable with their superb level of private protection while simultaneously being wildly insensitive to the plight of others who do not enjoy such luxury for themselves or their families.

While countless numbers of the famous are on board with the passage of laws that infringe upon the constitutional right to bear arms, the entertainment business as a whole, and individual stars in particular, have made billions of dollars capitalizing on the placement of guns in movies and other media and exploiting the use of firearms for gratuitous purposes.

If someone were to hold a Hollywood rally to save an endangered species, it would take very little effort to draw a sizable crowd of notables.

However, if an event were to be held in support of the Second Amendment, the outcome no doubt would be staggeringly different.

It would be a worthwhile cause, nonetheless, if it were to happen. Without question, celebrities continue to exert an enormous amount of influence on our culture.

For the public’s knowledge and in an extension of gratitude to the following celebrities, the information below is provided so that people will come to understand that there are rays of hope that emanate from the following members of the entertainment community who support our cherished Second Amendment rights, despite the inherent risks to their careers and peer relations.
  • Vince Vaughn. Back in June of 2015, the comedic actor shocked an interviewer from the British GQ magazine with his comments on the subject of gun ownership. “I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home,” Vaughn said. “We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government,” the actor explained. “It’s not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have freedom of speech.” On the subject of gun control, Vaughn quipped, “Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat.”
  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. One of Hollywood’s most famous couples is comprised of two renegades when it comes to the Second Amendment. Pitt told the U.K. magazine Live, “America is a country founded on guns. It’s in our DNA. It’s very strange but I feel better having a gun. I really do. I don’t feel safe, I don’t feel the house is completely safe, if I don’t have one hidden somewhere. That’s my thinking, right or wrong.” The actor gave a $400,000 shooting range to Jolie as a wedding gift. The actress is quoted by the U.K. Daily Mail as having said, “I bought original, real guns of the type we used in ‘Tomb Raider’ for security. Brad and I are not against having a gun in the house, and we do have one. And yes, I’d be able to use it if I had to … If anybody comes into my home and tries to hurt my kids, I’ve no problem shooting them.”
  • Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Johnny Depp remembers growing up with firearms. “We would just go out and line up a bunch of cans and shoot with rifles, handguns and at times, submachine guns. I will most certainly take my kids out for target practice,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor said. “I’m a good shot and I love guns — I own several,” said Depp’s spouse, actress Amber Heard. “I don’t have children in the house, so I sleep with my gun in a place that’s close enough that if I needed to protect myself, I could.”
  • James Earl Jones. NRA member and actor James Earl Jones is quoted as having said, “The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.”
  • Bruce Willis. In a 2000 interview with USA Weekend, “Die Hard” actor Bruce Willis stated, “Everyone has a right to bear arms. If you take guns away from legal gun owners, then the only people who have guns are the bad guys.” 
  • Ice-T. Rapper-actor Ice-T is quoted as having given an explanation of the historical meaning of the Second Amendment in the following way: “The right to bear arms is because that’s the last form of defense against tyranny. Not to hunt.”
  • Christian Slater. The following brief yet profound maxim on firearms has been attributed to actor Christian Slater: “It’s better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.
  • Gary Sinise. “Forest Gump” actor Gary Sinese once told former CNN host Larry King, “It’s a Second Amendment right and bad guys aren’t going to turn their weapons in, so good people need to be able to protect themselves.”
  • Kevin Sorbo. “God's Not Dead” actor Kevin Sorbo posted the following on his Facebook page: “You can [take] all guns away and the bad guys will still get guns!! Do you honestly believe the bad guys care about any stupid law that is passed??!! This is why we call them bad guys!”
  • Clint Eastwood. A contemporary article focusing on Hollywood’s Second Amendment supporters would be found lacking if it did not have a nod to the legendary Oscar winner and unassuming patriot, Clint Eastwood.The always succinct Eastwood shared his opinion on the regulation of firearms in the following manner: “I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”
Other celebrities who are Second Amendment friendly include “Lois and Clark” actor Dean Cain, “Firefly” actor Adam Baldwin, and actor-martial arts artist Chuck Norris.

The above mentioned do not comprise an exhaustive list but are merely a sampling of modern-day Hollywood’s gun rights respecters.



Most certainly present in spirit throughout the constitutional struggle is the nation’s beloved Charlton Heston. The iconic legend, consummate actor, and Hollywood’s most influential figure to date on the issue of the Second Amendment passed away in 2008.

He was the President of the NRA from 1998-2003.

Heston famously and courageously held up a rifle and shared with those in his audience that the government would never confiscate his firearms.

Let us honor his memory by committing to the same.

James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood. Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.




 

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When it comes to the Second Amendment, Hollywood hypocrisy has been on display. In light of recent tragedies, the double standard that exists seems to be even more exaggerated. There are rays of hope that emanate from members of the entertainment community who support Second Amendment rights.
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