Hypocritical NRA Slams Hollywood For Hypocrisy On Guns

By on October 9, 2017

“The hypocrisy is beyond belief,” said National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre to Fox News’s Sean Hannity last week in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting. He was referring to film and TV stars – though he failed to identify any – who might have called for tighter gun laws after the tragic event.

“This Hollywood crowd makes billions a year, every single day, teaching gun irresponsibility to the American public,” he said. The implication was that moves and television somehow share guilt, or are at least complicit, in Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s October 1 rampage as well as by implication such other armed mass murders as Columbine and Sandy Hook.

But just whose hypocrisy is really beyond belief? At the same time as LaPierre was calling out Hollywood, the NRA is plugging an exhibit at its National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA titled – we kid you not – “Hollywood Guns.”

The exhibit in the William B. Ruger Gallery – named for the prominent firearm designer and manufacturer – “features 120 actual guns used in movies and television over the past 80 years,” says the NRA website. “They range from the first revolver John Wayne used on camera through guns from recent Academy Award Winners, such as the silenced shotgun from ‘No Country for Old Men,’ and the Barrett .50 cal. sniper rifle from ‘Hurt Locker.’ Other favorites in the exhibit include the Beretta pistol used both by Mel Gibson in ‘Lethal Weapon’ and by Bruce Willis in ‘Die Hard,’ and the .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson carried by Clint Eastwood in ‘Dirty Harry.'”

Chris Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action lobbying arm, also made similar comments to Fox’s Tucker Carlson that same day. “Hollywood makes billions promoting and glorifying gun violence. And then the same hypocrites come in and suggest we’re to blame for this,” he said. Cox not just invoked “gratuitous violence out of Hollywood” but also “what’s happened with prescription drugs” as factors in breeding a “violent culture.”

It seems the NRA wants it both ways when it comes to Hollywood and guns. Maybe people who live in glass houses should look at themselves first before they take potshots at others.