Hollywood and violent movies are to blame for shootings in our society, argued NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre after the Sandy Hook massacre.
“Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?” he said at a press conference last December. “In a race to the bottom, media conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate and offend every standard of civilized society by bringing an ever-more-toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty into our homes.”
Yet, despite LaPierre’s strong words decrying the movie industry, the organization’s flagship publication, the “American Rifleman,” just released a list of the top 10 “coolest gun movies.”
Even more disturbingly twisted -- and not to mention contradictory -- is Associate Online Shooting Editor Paul Rackley’s praise of “The Godfather,” where he espouses admiration for the ruthlessness of the main character, Michael Corleone.
“Who has not dreamed of having the power and respect of Michael Corleone? That he built his empire through violence is only that much more alluring,” Rackley wrote.
Rackley also wrote in his review of “The Terminator” that movies emphasize a need for guns -- for protection, of course -- against the possible future robot domination of the world.
The NRA’s official Twitter account even shared the list for its followers, sending an incredibly mixed message about its stance on violent films. Depending on the political climate, violent movies can be both the post-apocalyptical warnings to save gun rights in America or the NRA’s scapegoat for 30,000 gun deaths every year.
Here is the list of the NRA’s must-see gun movies:
1. Red Dawn
2. The Terminator
3. The Alamo
4. Die Hard
5. The Godfather
7. The Matrix
8. The Delta Force
9. The Road Warrior