Why “Hollywood Hypocrites” (VIDEO, NSFW) Is More Pro-Gun Propaganda and Not Actual Debate – @glennbeck

This past Saturday, I happened to catch a few minutes of The Glenn Beck Weekend – a week-in-review broadcast, made up of highlights from Glenn’s week in broadcasting.  The portion I caught was a bit where Glenn and his sidekicks were talking about a video – posted in response to a response from Hollywood to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The video in question (which uses the f-word far more often than it needs to)- posted above – takes clips from a PSA and intersperses clips from violent movies throughout.  After each movie star, a clip (or clips) of violent scenes from their movies would be shown.  Glenn claimed the video was “just soooo good,” because the idea is that this video is damning proof of Hollywood’s inherent hypocrisy.

It goes along with the argument that POTUS and other high-profile individuals hire or are supplied armed guards to protect them.  Just as bad an argument, but it is one that is making headway in the various gun rights circles.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, NRA president Wayne Lapierre (notice he dropped the capital “P” from his name to avoid being too french) gave an insulting speech – wherein he asked the American people to believe that video games and movies were corrupting our culture to the point that they should be held culpable for the violent culture in which we live.

This is an attempt to scapegoat the gun lobby – or the NRA – and continue to scare the public.  A scared public is willing to spend money to keep themselves safe.  Gun manufacturers like this a lot.

For Glenn Beck, his sidekicks and organizations like the NRA and NAGR to place so much emphasis on movies and video games as the culprit for such a violent culture is weak at best and dangerous at worst.  There is no scientific evidence citing indisputable links between media and violence.  There is anecdotal evidence, but nothing they can securely hang their hats on.

Do you appreciate these organizations claiming that you cannot tell the difference between what’s on TV and what’s happening down your street?

However, to focus too much energy on defeating this ridiculous argument is to ignore the real reason they are making it.  These arguments divert attention from the real problems which lead to such high numbers of gun-related deaths in this country.  Sure, there are other things which kill more people each year than guns.  But you need to talk about the guns being a big part of that problem, not about Steve Carrell shooting the bad guy in Get Smart.

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