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Hollywood gun hypocrisy

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 6:49pm

I was stunned this past week when I read an article in Guns and Ammo Magazine entitled 8 anti-gun celebrities.

I quickly opened it to see what I thought was going to be the usually far-left subject when it came to social matters.

Instead, I was surprised to see who they were.

First was Shenia Twain. I thought okay, she's from Canada.

But then next one was Kevin Bacon who has been pro-gun, but now has changed his mind.

Then it really got weird. Matt Damon, who actually said "I actually hate guns. They freak me out," in a January 2003 edition of The Sunday Herald.

Then Mark Wahlberg, who said some catty things about Charlton Heston. He also said "Well, I would love it if they could take all the guns away."

Then there's Danny Devito. That's too easy.

And say it's not so Sean Connery. He's lent his services to anti-handgun PSAs in the United Kingdom: "It is said that a total ban on handguns, including .22s, would take away innocent pleasure from thousands of people. Is that more or less pleasure than watching your child grow up?"

The next, Arnold Schwarzenegger. When he began his gubernatorial campaign in 2003, Schwarzenegger seemingly did an about-face - as politicians seem to do quite often - supporting the ban on assault weapons in the U.S., as well as the Brady Bill.

And finally Sylvester Stallone, who said this while living in the UK, "Until America, door to door, takes every handgun, this is what you're gonna have. It's pathetic. It really is pathetic. It's sad. We're living in the Dark Ages over there."

Look, how you feel about guns is your opinion and I respect that. What drives me crazy is these folks have made millions of dollars using firearms in movies.

But then say they don't like guns.

If I felt the way they said they did, I simply would not be in movies with guns.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

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