Hollywood has a long history of making violent movies, and I’ll admit that I enjoy some of the more violent ones such as Robocop and John Wick. With that history of depictions of, sometimes, extreme violence, you could very easily get the impression that those in Hollywood are comfortable with violence and using it, especially when that violence involves guns.
Of course, we know that isn’t the case. Just look at Alec Baldwin’s and others’ calls for gun control while making movies with rampant gun use by both the good and bad guys.
Director Quentin Tarantino (who directed both Kill Bill movies, Pulp Fiction, and others) has a reputation for making very violent movies. He even seems to revel in it. And unlike many in Hollywood, he seems perfectly comfortable with personal ownership of firearms. If you’re him, that is. Cortney Weil writes,
Legendary director Quentin Tarantino, responsible for some of the most iconic films featuring gratuitous violence in cinematic history, is both in favor of guns for personal protection and against them, according to his latest interview with Spanish outlet El Pais.
In an interview designed to promote Tarantino’s book, “Cinema Speculation,” reporter Jacinto Antón asked Tarantino about a number of different topics, including his personal thoughts regarding private gun ownership in America. That question prompted a rather ambiguous reply from Tarantino. “There are always two sides,” Tarantino initially responded. “We certainly don’t need as many automatic weapons as there are. There should be better laws.”
But then Tarantino made an admission that seemed to surprise Antón. “I do have a gun at home,” Tarantino stated, clarifying moments later that the gun is “for protection.”
So, it’s okay for him to have firearms, but is he also saying that there need to be restrictions on the firearms that you and I can have?
He and I would agree on that first thought, but if that latter idea is his position (which is what seems to be implied by his statement about needing better laws), he and I couldn’t be further apart on that issue.
Gun control is both questionable in its legal grounds in the U.S., in light of the Second Amendment, it is also morally wrong in that it strips people of the ability to protect themselves from criminals, whether those criminals are in or out of government.
Therefore, gun control is wrong. End of question.