Though it should come as no surprise, gun-control groups are renewing their push to peddle their anti-Second Amendment propaganda by recruiting Hollywood elites.
Last month, Variety published a lengthy interview with former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), founder of the Giffords gun-control group, in which she outlined the group’s plans to leverage Hollywood to pursue their anti-gun goals.
The interview noted her desire to “forge relationships with writers, producers, celebrities and decision-makers in Hollywood who can leverage their powerful platforms to speak out against gun violence, call for commonsense laws and support local community efforts to raise awareness about gun safety.”
“Stories are important. Elected officials use them to help get their points across, and for centuries artists have used them to inspire, make us understand points of view different than our own and bring people together. Hollywood and the arts are vitally important to helping us through a period of isolation, bitterness and divisiveness,” said Giffords.
Hollywood does influence culture, but what remains unclear is how Hollywood elites lecturing the more than 100 million gun owners in America will solve “bitterness and divisiveness.”
Of course, this is hardly the first time Hollywood has attempted this tactic.
In 2016, Variety detailed the efforts of future-failed-presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety group to leverage Hollywood for political gain. The article pointed to the Netflix political drama “House of Cards” as one such instance.
Everytown President John Feinblatt consulted the show’s writers in an effort to “make sure they got it right,” with regard to an NRA-fueled storyline. In short, they did not get it right. They didn’t even come close.
Also, last year a group of movie stars publicly tried to shame film executives who dare to support pro-Second Amendment politicians by publishing an open letter before the Academy Awards in February.
The actors’ letter said that candidates who “take money from the NRA and vote against gun reform” are “literally putting our audiences in danger.” This is an outrageous thing to say about lawmakers who simply support the Second Amendment.
These actors and actresses—many of whom have armed security details—lecture the masses on why they should not be able to exercise the right to keep and bear arms even as they benefit financially from using these guns in movies and TV shows.
The American people know, however, that firearms are tools that are made to protect people and to be used for sport. Guns, when used safely, foster a sense of responsibility and self-reliance, something many in Hollywood could stand to learn a thing or two about.
“Gun-control groups have made clear their intent to use a willing Hollywood to indoctrinate the public against the Second Amendment. Therefore, it is NRA members and other gun rights supporters’ duty to help neutralize this brainwashing campaign by alerting their family and friends to gun control groups’ wide range of propaganda techniques,” reported the NRA Institute for Legislative Action.