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Tell Us: Does NRA Exploit Violent Movies to Sell Guns?

A gun industry analyst says NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre is hypocritical in his latest attack on violent movies

Washington, DC — A report issued Jan. 2 by author and gun industry expert Tom Diaz shoots down National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre’s recent attack on violence in films and games.

Bloody Reel: How The National Rifle Association And The Gun Industry Exploit Violent Movies To Sell Guns...And More Guns, documents in detail how the NRA and the gun industry it represents have promoted the use of guns in movies and exploited many of the very movies LaPierre recently attacked as the cause of gun violence in America. 

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On Friday, December 21, 2012 LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s chief executive, blasted the movie industry in a press conference, pointing to what he called “blood-soaked films out there” and exclaiming, “Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?”

“If violent movies are filthy pornography, Wayne LaPierre is the king of filthy porno,” said Diaz, author of two books on the gun industry. “For over 10 years, the NRA—through its National Firearms Museum, its websites, and its media outlets—has glorified the use of guns in some of the most brutally violent films ever made. The gun industry the NRA represents exploits violent movies for one reason: to sell guns.”

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Bloody Reel describes two special exhibits on Hollywood guns that the NRA has mounted at its National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA. The report also recounts how former movie critic Stephen Hunter – who wrote the introduction to the NRA brochure for its current exhibit, “Hollywood Guns” – dismissed the effects of violence in movies in his own book, and suggested that violent movies head off violence.

“Wayne LaPierre obviously never visits his own porno-packed museum,” Diaz said.  “He also seems not to have a clue that of one his favorite scriveners has in the past scoffed at the violent-movies-make-them-do-it excuse the NRA is peddling as the cause of gun violence in America.”

Diaz is the author of the forthcoming The Last Gun: How Changes in the Gun Industry Are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It (The New Press, Spring 2013) and Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America (The New Press, 1999). 

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Tom Diaz is a lawyer, author, journalist, and was formerly Democratic Counsel to the Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He worked for then-Rep. Charles E. Schumer. His principal brief covered issues related to terrorism and firearms.

Prior to his staff work for the Congress, Diaz studied and wrote about terrorism and transnational organized crime at the National Strategy Information Center in Washington, DC.  Before joining NSIC, he was assistant managing editor for news for six years at The Washington Times newspaper, where his earlier beats as a reporter included the Supreme Court and national security matters.

Most recently Diaz was senior policy analyst at the Violence Policy Center, a non-profit, non-partisan public policy organization that studies the gun industry, its products, and their impact on crime, death, and injury in the United States.

Tony Malvern January 09, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Yep, people kill people, and if they have a gun it's that much easier.
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out January 09, 2013 at 04:47 PM
If you think the government will never take / confiscate your legally owned guns, then you need to watch this YouTube video about what happened to everyday citizens in New Orleans during the aftermath of Katrina. This happened and it can happen anywhere in the USA....frightening, at least to me. Please comment IF you watched the YouTube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8X9JkSudCX4
kevin January 09, 2013 at 07:57 PM
lol q public left himself wide open for that one
MarpleResident January 09, 2013 at 08:12 PM
More people are killed from taxpayer funded abortions, DUI, hammers and medical malpractice than gun related deaths.
MarpleResident January 09, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Agh, in China two days before the CT shooting.
MarpleResident January 09, 2013 at 08:19 PM
I love Liberals! When logic and facts are present just scream racism.
Tony Malvern January 09, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Marpleresident, I take it you mean this incident ....On 14 December 2012, a 36 year-old villager in the village of Chenpeng, Henan Province, stabbed 23 children and an elderly woman at the village's primary school as children were arriving for classes.[23] The attacker was restrained at the school, and later arrested.[24] All of the victims survived and were treated at three hospitals, though some were reportedly seriously injured, with fingers or ears cut off, and had to be transferred to larger hospitals for specialized care. Great argument, expcept NONE of them died, now, if only that guy had a had a gun of some sort.....
kevin January 09, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Wait, so you name yourself john q public, as if you are in tune with the common person. But then you give some sobbish rant about 'simpleton peasants' and 'soccer moms' like you're higher and more enlightened than them. This just in- john q public is a pathetic little man in his basement with no one in his life. Worthless troll, you're everyhting that's wrong with this country.
MarpleResident January 09, 2013 at 08:33 PM
You proved my point about government financed savages. So you would prefer children to survive with injuries than have some qualified indivudual armed guarding your children preventing the situation?
Tom Bates January 09, 2013 at 08:54 PM
I would rather that neither happened, actually.
Tom Bates January 09, 2013 at 09:09 PM
You've made that up! Cheeky monkey....
Tony Malvern January 09, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Why don't you ask that question to the parents of the Sandy Hook kids ? would they prefer to have their kids home with them now with a missing finger or two, or would they prefer them dead and buried with between 3 and 11 bulletholes in their innocent little bodies.
John Q Public January 09, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Dear Kommrades Delco unt Kevin, No one really cares what you think. In fact, I'd rather you go crawl under a rock with your fellow worms and slugs. I write for the benefit of the not-Communist/not-Bolshevik/not-Jack Booted Thug Wanna Be Kings of the World people that don't hold a life membership in the Communist Party of the USA. Now I understand the O-Zero campaign pays you a few bucks under the table to trash talkbacks and such. If I pay you to stay away, Will you? I'll double O-Zero's offer to $5/hour. Whaddaya say?
John Q Public January 09, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Kommrade Kevin, another thing: When my ancestors built New England out of the savage wilderness, there were no peasants to bother us. The Plymouth colony was middle and upper middle class by contemporary standards. No, you peasants didn't wash up until your steerage class transports regurgitated you onto Ellis Island, forever polluting our fair land with your envy, your hatred of anyone "better" than your lowly selves, your seething resentments of all your failures and bad choices in life, your criminal mentality and of course, the foul smell that marks New York City apart even to this day. In point of fact, you were the perfect ingrates then and you're the perfect ingrates now. American? Not so fast, pal. "American" is an ethnicity -- my blood lines, not that of the Huddled Masses and Wretched Refuse. (Those immigrants that were truly adopted into the American nation understand this and completely agree with the sentiment. Such is the way of loyalty.) Why don't you go chase Brinks trucks or play the Lotto or whatever it is you people do in-between six pacs?
Tom Bates January 09, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Awesome! You're fantastic!
MarpleResident January 09, 2013 at 10:08 PM
MJP http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/table-20
Tom Bates January 09, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Ok, you've stopped making sense now. The chart you've posted goes against what seems to be your argument .
lee dastur January 10, 2013 at 01:12 AM
I am trying to contact Hugh Yann who responded to last week's post. We'd like to invite you to a discussion on existing drug laws. Are you there?
Linda G January 10, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Why is it the libs never address the fact that the killers had mental issues and were on prescrip drugs? Who is addressing that? This crime was not committed by a law abiding citizen who legally obtained their gun! Further, murder is against the law but that stops whom??? Laws don't stop the lawless!
Linda G January 10, 2013 at 04:32 AM
BOs children attend a school with armed guards. His children are no better than ours. Why shouldn't our children have the same protections??
area man January 10, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Amen LG. This great country doesn't have a gun control problem. It has a mental health problem. Before they round up guns they better round up those who have psychological issues. I know it sounds horrible, but we need to bring back insane asylums. If families had had a safe place to deliver their troubled members, these terrible tragedies would likely not occur.
Tom Bates January 10, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Seems like you're ok with taking away some rights, just not yours.
Tom Bates January 10, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Are you insane? Seriously, are you? Although his kids are no "better" than ours he is the President and as such his family is a credible target. I doubt their are scores of groups looking t kidnap your kids but I'm quite confident there is for his.
William A. Wheatley January 10, 2013 at 04:47 PM
The NRA does not sell guns. It represents the interests of the approximately 100 million gun owners in the United States, who pay dues to support the organization and who contribute to its PAC, which supports candidates of any party who support the right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
solanus January 29, 2013 at 01:22 PM
CONNECTICUT......IS......YOUR......TOTAL MORAL FAILURES......ALL OF YOU.... US........AMERICA......THE MORAL CODE......IS.......WHY......ADAM LANZA KILLED 20 INNOCENT CHILDREN.......WHY DID HE COME BACK AFTER PREVIOUS DAYS FIGHT AT SCHOOL WITH 4 FEMALE TEACHERS......HE KILLED 3 OF 4...... WHY DID SHE STAY HOME.....TO LIVE.....ASK.....REAL QUESTIONS....TRUTH YOUR LIES SUCK.......ADAM IS IN SCHOOL...NOW...WITH YOUR CHILDREN....
solanus January 30, 2013 at 07:22 AM
LET'S DO IT RIGHT.......FROM HERE........NO MORE SLEAZY MEDIA LIES......... CONNECTICUT,,,,,,,,,THE BOY........WHY HE HAD FIGHT WITH 4 WOMEN TEACHERS WHO REALLY........PISSED HIM OFF........WHAT DID THEY DO ????? WHY ???.....DID ADAM LANZA COME BACK TO SCHOOL NEXT DAY ARMED FOR BEAR.....TO KILL ALL 4 ARROGANT FEMMES......ONE STILL ALIVE.....YEAH SHE STAYED HOME FROM SCHOOL.....SAVED HER ASS.......WHY.....WHAT DID SHE DO.....OR KNOW........20 DEAD CHILDREN.....DESERVE ANSWERS..NO LIES........GET BUSY......PRESS.......DO YOUR FLUCKIN JOBS.......HONESTLY.... FOR ONCE.......CONNECTICUT.....WAS.....PREVENTABLE.....ABSORB,,,,,,THAT... REALITY........NO MORE.......BULLSHIT......EXCUSES.......JAN 20, 2013.....SOLANUS.....OUT..........STEP UP...........
solanus January 30, 2013 at 07:24 AM
BLAHHHHH..........WEAK NOISE......FROM........WEAK BOYS.......SOLANUS....OUT..
solanus January 30, 2013 at 07:31 AM
JOHN.....WHO GIVES A SHIT.......CONNECTICUT.......20 DEAD INNOCENTS....IS.. THE REAL ISSUE.........WHY DID THE BOY........ADAM LANZA......GO GONZO ON. KILL 4 ARROGANT WOMEN TEACHERS HE HAD FIGHT WITH AT SCHOOL THE DAY BEFORE.......OOOPS.......ADAM ONLY KILLED 3 OUTTA 4 WOMEN CAUSE.. ONE IS STILL ALIVE.....SHE STAYED HOME FROM SCHOOL....SAVED HER ASS BUT.......20 CHILDREN DIED.......WHY......FOR HER.....WHAT IS SHE HIDING ??? LAZY, CORRUPT MEDIA......GET......OFF........YOUR.....LIARS......ASSES.....AND... DO YOUR FLUCKIN JOBS.....CONNECTICUT......IS......JUST....WARMING UP..... AMERICA'S SINS........TOTAL MORAL FAILURES.....KILLED THESE CHILDREN..... THAT......IS.....THE STORY........GET ON IT........WE......ARE.....SOLANUS......OUT..
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out January 30, 2013 at 09:11 PM
I'm amazed at the number of people who believe that a legally purchased AR-15 (vs a stolen military version) operates the same as a machine gun. It does not. It is semi-automatic, which means it shoots 1 bullet each time the trigger is pulled. Many of us own shot guns that are semi-automatic. Almost all hand guns are semi-automatic. Semi-automatic is not a fully automatic gun, which I believe are illegal in all states.
Russell Winfrey February 04, 2013 at 11:32 PM
No need to cede our imaginations. http://22oftheday.blogspot.com/2013/02/from-our-cold-dead-brains.html

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