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Coming Distractions: Hollywood Escalates War on Guns

As you are reading this, the latest piece of Hollywood anti-Second Amendment propaganda masquerading as “entertainment” is just now hitting the theaters. I’m talking about the film Miss Sloane, which stars Jessica Chastain as a high-end Washington power player — or, as proclaimed in the trailers, “the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win.”

Ms. Chastain (of Zero Dark Thirty fame) is a good, perhaps even great, actress. And I wouldn’t be surprised if she were nominated for an Academy Award (given the anti-gun theme of the movie, a pretty safe bet). Unfortunately, other than Ms. Chastain’s performance, every aspect of Miss Sloane seems less an exercise in artistic excellence than a carefully crafted attack on gun owners.

The film features numerous recitations of the classic liberal falsehoods about guns. Here’s just one example, when Sam Waterston (of Law and Order fame) says to Miss Sloane:

“I don’t remember you caring ever about guns!”

She replies:

“My position solidified somewhere between Columbine and Charleston. Any head-case, felon or terrorist can buy an assault rifle from a gun show, the Internet or from his buddy at the Bowl-a-rama, without so much as an I.D.”

Numerous stereotypes abound. The NRA is portrayed as the “richest” and “most powerful” lobbying organization in Washington, though in fact they are dwarfed in funding by anti-Second Amendment billionaires like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros.

And, of course, Miss Sloane’s adversaries are primarily old, white, rich and utterly evil. Meanwhile, she is cast as nothing less than a heroic, if flawed, “Joan-of-Arc” fighting for the “victims of gun violence.”

As a side note, look at the release timing: the first week of December. It’s a good guess that long before they began filming, the producers of Miss Sloane likely expected to be bathing in the after-glow of a Hillary Clinton victory. So, when the 2016 election results were finally announced, the producers of Miss Sloane were not likely popping champagne corks.

Nonetheless, it is important to remember that our enemies never go away. Gun owners have tended to focus on the incredible bias of the news media. But, in many ways, Hollywood entertainment programming is even more dangerous.

Propaganda in movies is nothing new. The Nazis were masters of it. Studies have shown that while we are skeptical of a “news” story, we tend to be less critical when we’re being “entertained.”

As a result, carefully inserting subtle political and social messages in interesting and compelling dramatic stories is far more potent in swaying public opinion than “in-your-face” political commercials. In America, since roughly the 1970s, Hollywood began to tilt more and more to the Left.

Today, with few exceptions, finding a film that doesn’t demonize guns, business, success, courage, military power or even America itself is becoming more and more difficult. Miss Sloane is just the latest shot fired in the Hollywood war on guns.

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