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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.

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..
Radnor Patch ISN'T About Radnor Anymore :( 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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