by David Safier
The NRA's Wayne LaPierre wants to blame gun violence on everything but guns. One of his targets is the media, especially violent movies. In his December 21 news conference, La Pierre spoke about the “blood-soaked films out there” and said, “Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?”
Of course, no one loves those "blood-soaked films" more than the NRA. The organization devoted a room in its National Firearms Museum to displaying weapons used in Hollywood films through the decades. And not just the weapons used by good guys who bring bad guys to justice. One of their displays has the gun used by serial killer Javier Bardem in "No Country for Old Men." "Reservoir Dogs" and "The Wild Bunch" are also among the films honored for their use of weaponry.
The NRA had a video on its website describing the exhibit, but it took it down after the mass murder in Newtown. Media Matters, however, downloaded the video, so you can still watch it. You can see it here below the fold.
The most amazing line comes near the end of the video, where the narrator says — and remember, he's talking about guns wielded by Hollywood's most depraved psychopaths as well as by the "good guys" —
[C]ome see a true blockbuster here [at the National Firearms Museum], where all the stars of the silver screen have descended into these galleries and are represented by some of the firearms that we've fallen in love with in our youth and our adulthood, wishing that we too could be like our matinee idols."