Leave the cannoli

Wayne LaPierre looks at Hollywood. He doesn’t like what he sees.

“Here’s a dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people. And then they have the nerve to call it ‘entertainment’. But is that what it really is? Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?”

Given all the filth masquerading as pornography, that’s quite a complaint. Maybe then we’ve got two problems? Scheiße porn and cowboy shoot ’em ups are destroying society’s moral compass. And it’s gun violence that results (. . not that that’s a thing). So the problem is we’re disgusting, and gun control will never solve that.

Good on the NRA for pointing it out, we could use the reproof. I suppose that’s why, when they play coy with us later, I don’t mind. Nobody wants to be seen as a scold.

Speaking of dude, the NRA’s ‘flagship publication’ American Rifleman just published their list of Coolest Gun Movies:

Sure, “The Godfather” was more of a drama than an action film, but what other movie has influenced people’s perception of the world as much as this classic tale of intrigue, love, lust and power . .

Except for the intrigue, love and lust used for garnish, sure. Not that I think LaPierre etc. will embrace the violence-as-American-exceptionalism theme of the film, though that’s why it’s the best loved flicker ever. This is also a gun film, apparently? Guessing? Tommy guns, italian carbines and on and on:

While not rip-roaring with action, this film affected millions in many different ways with its cinematography, plot and underlying themes, such as how with determination anyone can become powerful, even if that power is of the criminal nature. Who has not dreamed of having the power and respect of Michael Corleone? That he built his empire through violence is only that much more alluring . .

Nope. The NRA just loves the regular Godfather. You ask me, they’re playing either the ‘Hollywood bad’ or ‘movie awesome’ character too seamlessly.