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Why Hollywood Loves Guns

Summer blockbuster season is here with a bang.

Stephen Kruiser


June 28, 2013 - 9:00 am

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Sorry, Jim Carrey.

Almost a year after the theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., and a half-year after the killings in Newtown, Conn., one of the things that hasn’t changed is Hollywood’s enchantment with the gun, at least when it comes to selling the big movies.

As the blockbuster film season unfolds, every major studio has firearms of one sort or another in its marketing arsenal. At Sony Pictures Entertainment, Channing Tatum clutches a sidearm the size of Wyatt Earp’s as he walks Jamie Foxx to safety on the poster for “White House Down.”

At Paramount Pictures, Brad Pitt, zombie hunter, has an even bigger piece of personal artillery slung across his back in the promotional art for “World War Z.”

Johnny Depp packs a pistol in his pants on the poster for Disney’s “The Lone Ranger.” Melissa McCarthy grips what appears to be a full-blown grenade launcher in the advertisements for 20th Century Fox’s “The Heat.”

The glowing handguns on the art for Universal’s “R.I.P.D.” have a preternatural look; but what really gets your attention are those chillingly real guns being flashed by Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, standing back to back, on the poster for the same studio’s “2 Guns.”

Hollywood loves guns because Americans love guns. It’s that simple. The media elites and anti-gun progressives on Capitol Hill have been trying to spin a tale about people all over the land who are desperate for stricter gun laws which just isn’t true. They are actually more frightened of normal, law abiding gun owners using guns frequently and safely than they are the occasional mass murderer. Why?

Because they destroy the narrative and that is all-important.

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Cross-posted from the PJ Tatler

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Movies and TV are visual media. As such what they should must be exciting to hold viewer's attention. Violence fits the bill. Fist and sword fights are one thing, but guns have the added sensory dimension of sound. The combination of flame belching muzzles and thundering booms is a winner.

Another point: Cable and movie streaming companies can record and analyze viewing habits. Cable knows what shows you watch and for how long. With streaming movies they can tell what scenes are paused, skipped, replayed, etc. They are already using this information to design shows (as Netflix has done with its original program) and it certainly has been influencing movies. This creates a catch-22: if people of more discerning taste opt out of CGI vilolence fests, or movie altogether, then the data becomes corrupted in favor or more CGI violence fests. The same holds for more graphic sex and revolting humor. As the fare gets worse, more people opt out, the data is more corrupted, etc.
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just like the other go-to prop....... sex, hollywood likes guns because then you don't need sophisticated nor believable plot elements and you don't need complicated nor developed characterisations, either.....'>..........
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Not so. Hollywood largely loves guns because most of them have "Severely challenged manhood." They practically orgasm over the thought of actually being a Rambo or Schwarzenegger.
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