The gun lobby is circling the wagons as public outrage grows over the slaughter of 20 small children and 6 educators in Newtown, Connecticut and President Obama weighs his executive power options to reign in runaway gun violence.
In the wake of the massacre, in which Adam Lanza shot his victims to pieces with a Bushmaster assault rifle, a CNN poll showed that 62 percent of Americans favor a ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines. Nine out of 10 Americans want background checks on all gun sales.
In response, the National Rifle Association has dug its belligerent heels in, rejecting even discussingthe possibility of any sensible regulations. Instead, NRA mouthpiece Wayne LaPierre blamed entertainment violence for mass murder, but not firearms like the kind Lanza and his fellow mass murderers used to kill their victims.
LaPierre seems not to know the NRA museum recently featured “Hollywood Guns,” described on the NRA web site as “…a firsthand glimpse of some of the most famous firearms on the silver screen over the last 70 years.”
Included is the .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson Model 29 “Dirty Harry” Callahan used in spectacularly graphic style to off scores of movie bad guys.
Then there are the weapons used in Quentin Tarantino’s bloodbath, “Reservoir Dogs,” along with the suppressed Remington 11-87 used to slaughter the innocent and guilty in “No Country for Old Men.”
“Hollywood Guns spotlights 125 firearms that have thrilled movie goers for generations,” the NRA’s web site breathlessly promises.
Rather than abhorring entertainment violence, the NRA loves the enormous marketing potential when its weapons are featured in movies and television to glorify gun violence.