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Doug Robinson: Hollywood hates guns!? Give me a break


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  • Kermit Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 8:34 p.m.

    @ church member:
    A well-armed militia in those days was comprised of ordinary citizens, who most often brought their weapons- from home.

    @Mark from Montana:
    Amen to what you and others said. It's all of us (collectively) that are paying money for those movies. We are drinking the Hollywood kool-aid. If all we pursue are non-violent films, we'd see them all but disappear. There is apparently a large part of our population that loves these shows.

    The blame goes to the sheep that flock to whatever is dished out. May we change.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Jan. 24, 2014 8:35 a.m.

    Doug, I agree whole-heartedly. What we, the viewers, should do is refuse to see any of these movies in a theater or at home or anywhere. I regret very much that my children have viewed violent movies, likewise my grandchildren, over whom I don't have that much influence. We need to shut Hollywood ideals down by refusing to buy them.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 9:13 a.m.

    Church Member

    A well regulated militia. That was in its day, the people, not the police or military. The organization of those were dealt with in other parts of the constitution prior to the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights was always about giving the people, citizen, individule, rights and protections against the government. Not about empowering the government to form a military. Just imagine the following amendment. The need of privacy being necessary to a free society, the right of a women to have an abortion shall not be infringed. You think there would be any argument from the pro choice crowd about that? Of course not. As for the types of "arms" referred to, in their day those guns were considered the "state of the art" in weapons. So it could be said that an AR-15 is roughly equal to the matchlock gun of that era.

  • Spoc Ogden, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 9:32 p.m.

    He may have recognized the damage this does and gives the money back. But as long as the films are available, they continue to have their influence. If they truly regret it, they will exercise their copyright and pull them.

    A minigun with it's 6 barrels can fire up to 6,000 rpm.
    The 30 mm gun on an A-10 Warthog fires 4,000 rpm.
    But the record belongs to the Metalstorm with a single barrel firing 45,000 rpm!
    And the 35 barrel version will do a million rpm, just not for very long.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    Jan. 22, 2014 8:21 p.m.

    @church member,
    I am afraid you will lose that argument, should it rear up again. Your talking points have been refuted so many times.....sigh.

    This article is so spot on. Hollywood loves to make movies about guns; unrealistic and certainly not plausible movies about guns. Major explosions from miniature causes, rampant destruction from minimal force, never have to reload or aim, just shoot and hit. Rake in the dollars from the movies about guns and violence...business as usual.

  • Bifftacular Spanish Fork, Ut
    Jan. 22, 2014 6:25 p.m.

    Meryl Street!? Say it isn't so Harvey! What law abiding citizen who also owns a gun or two will be able to resist that? Can't you cast Paris Hilton or Lady Gaga instead? Anyone else? Please Harvey! We won't be able to resist Meryl. We promise we'll be good with our guns - we swear! Just give us one more chance!

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    "2,000 bullets a minute from one gun" The heat would melt the whole gun from trying to fire 2,000 bullets a minute.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Jan. 22, 2014 4:47 p.m.

    Where was Hollywood after Newtown? They paused violent movies for about 1.5 days and then went on with business as usual. If they were really serious, they would have stopped all the gun violence a long time ago.

    I hold both sides in contempt: the we-need-more-and-bigger-weapons NRA, and Hollywood and the left who portray violence as entertainment. Both fringes are to blame (as usual) for the mess we are in. And let's not forget the rest of us who have paid good money to see Django etc.

  • Logan C. West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 4:15 p.m.

    Great article! Hollywood is only interested in whatever brings in the cash. Unfortunately, we are all buying into it far too often.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 3:32 p.m.

    Here is my plan. Stop paying any money to the trash coming out of Hollywood. Refuse to buy movie tickets, Blurays, downloads, etc. of anything out of Hollywood. Give them zero dollars and boy things will change in a hurry.

  • Church member North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 2:37 p.m.

    To happy2bhere:

    Where in the second amendment does it say we can own automatic weapons? When the founding fathers created the constitution you could fire 2 bullets every minute. Now you can fire 2,000 bullets a minute from one gun. Why stop at guns? Why not let every citizen own grenades? Or tanks? Or small chemical weapons to defend their home?

    By the way the second amendment, if you know how to read it right, promises that a militia can have weapons and guns. A militia. Not ordinary citizens.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 1:46 p.m.

    I notice not too many of the usual liberal defenders are commenting on this story and I'm not surprised. Some stories and people are just indefensible. But, since Hollywood is so gullible for this kind of stuff, they might as well go ahead and engrave the Oscar for Best Picture, and Best Actress (Meryl Streep) when she does her Mrs. Smith goes to Washington to get rid of guns in America thing, as Harvey says it will be. Maybe someone should send Mr. Weinstein a copy of the Bill of Rights with the 2nd Amendment highlighted.

  • Che Payson, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 12:58 p.m.

    Phranc....It's not just Harvey, and let's hope he's had a true change of heart, it's Hollywood in general. They haven't had this change of heart, have they? The H in Hollywood actually stands for Hypocrisy.

  • Che Payson, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    JSF ... Don't forget the Heber Valley airport near Park City. You can always see private jets that have flown in there as well.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    As a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, neighbor, and all around good guy I feel that we should have more guns. Gun violence is perpetrated by people who are criminal, insane, high, drunk, terrorists, etc. If we tweak the law to take care of the bad guys and put them away for a long, long time and up the penalties for criminals with guns, then I might support that.

    I'm a law abiding citizen and frankly, I'm not going to commit any gun violence any time soon.

    My bet is Weinsteen and company all have body guards that have guns, or they have them themselves but just don't want us to know it. Kind of like Rosie O'Donnel and her blatant hypocrisy when she slammed Tom Selleck.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 10:30 a.m.

    Hollywood hypocrisy covers global warming and the carbon footprint issue. During Sundance festival drive by the east side of the airport and count the many private jets parked waiting to ferry their owners around the world, burning all kinds of fossil fuel.

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    Phranc--I will give Weinstein credit when he actually donates all his profits from those violent films to charity. Otherwise it's exactly as Doug stated: blatant. rank hypocrisy. Just like most liberals on gun rights--they have no problem with armed bodyguards, but us plebs can only puke on attackers. Ask any Democratic politician from Colorado.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 7:42 a.m.

    "I'll Be Back!"

    I'am really looking forward to the Meryl Streep movie that is supposed to put the NRA in such negative light. I'll bet that, as usual, any attack on them will result in more and more guns being bought and sold in America.

  • fani wj, UT
    Jan. 21, 2014 8:46 p.m.

    ...do as i say,not as i do... the only thing liberals are good at

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2014 7:18 p.m.

    Hollywood against gun violence? That is so laughable I have a side ache! Right on Doug - another thoughtful and poignant column exposing the hypocrisy of many in Hollywood.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2014 6:55 p.m.

    Excellent article Doug. I really, sincerely, ardently wish there were at least a few honest people in Hollywood who might actually understand and accept what you're saying.

    Sadly, as I'm sure you are only too aware, honesty, integrity, even simply decency are in ever diminishing supply in Hollywood. And, worse still, since they are so effective in promoting their corruption, the rest of the country and world.

    All of which, ironically enough, gives everyone more reason to own a gun.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    Jan. 21, 2014 6:48 p.m.

    Hollywood also hates our bad air. They are here attending the film festival in Park City. They would not move here because of the pollution. They prefer to live in L.A. where they eat the bad air 365 days a year. We eat it for about 21 days a year.

    Jan. 21, 2014 6:35 p.m.

    So Harvey acknowledges he made movies with "egregious violence" and has had a change of heart and decided he will no longer make such violent films and conservatives are mad? There is just no pleasing some people.

  • Dr. Thom Long Beach, CA
    Jan. 21, 2014 6:31 p.m.

    "Welcome to the party pal!"