Brady United recently launched a pledge in an effort to change the way guns and gun culture are depicted on the big screen.
The anti-gun organization is asking writers, directors, and producers to sign it. So far, over 200 have done so, including several A-listers like directors Adam McKay and Judd Apatow.
“Guns are prominently featured in TV and movies in every corner of the globe, but only America has a gun violence epidemic,” says Brady United.
That statement is, of course, a bald-faced lie. Other developed countries do indeed struggle with gun-related violence and mass public shootings.
As GunsAmerica previously reported in 2018, the U.S. ranks 62nd, below countries like Norway (14), Finland (31), Switzerland (45), and Russia (51), when it comes to the murder rate from mass public shootings per 100,000 people.
Brady United continues, “The responsibility lies with lax gun laws supported by those politicians more afraid of losing power than saving lives. We didn’t cause the problem, but we want to help fix it.”
Again, Brady is lying. If gun control was a panacea for violence, major cities with relatively stringent gun laws, like Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and Los Angeles, would not experience the level of violent crime that they currently do.
The truth is that there is no evidence that gun control works. In fact, there is not one reliable study in the entire body of literature on the subject that proves gun control is an effective solution to combat crime and violence. Not one!
Anyway, those who sign the Brady United pledge promise to:
- Use our creativity to model responsible gun ownership and show consequences for reckless gun use. We will make a conscious effort to show characters locking their guns safely and making them inaccessible to children.
- Have at least one conversation during pre-production regarding the way guns will be portrayed on screen and consider alternatives that could be employed without sacrificing narrative integrity.
- Limit scenes including children and guns, bearing in mind that guns are now the leading cause of death for children and adolescents.
Maybe in the grand scheme of things, it’s not such a bad idea for Hollywood’s elite to be more mindful of the content they are producing.
That said, crime control ultimately starts in the home. Children who grow up with irresponsible, neglectful, or abusive parents (or guardians) are far more likely to run into trouble later on in life.
Deep down everyone knows this yet no one from Brady or Everytown or Moms Demand Action is doing anything about it. Instead, they’d rather have the public look way downstream to focus myopically on firearms.
Because if people forget about the root of the problem and the human dynamics involved, gun-control advocates know they will be more apt to support the true Brady agenda, which isn’t to lower crime, rather it’s to completely disarm America.