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Top 10 Films in Favor of Gun Control

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Posted on Jun 30, 2008
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Bang Bang: A still from “A History of Violence.”

When someone points a gun in a movie, that’s usually the audience’s cue that adrenaline-cranking good times are about to be had. Not so in this lineup of films, compiled by Participant Media’s with the aim of countering the overplayed guns=fun equation. Below are three movies at the middle of the list.

4) Unforgiven

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

5) The Outsiders

When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.

6) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.

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By Inherit The Wind, July 6, 2008 at 4:55 pm Link to this comment

I never heard of half of these movies.  I guess their influence isn’t that great.  The Outsiders and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence are both classics about dilemmas.

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By RickinSF, July 5, 2008 at 10:05 pm Link to this comment

I had a neighbor who sold guns out of his garage. He was an ATF licensed dealer, did it all “by the book,” and it’s no big deal in that part of the country.

When “Dirty Harry” came out, featuring the vaunted .44 S&W;magnum, I asked him if it had any effect on sales.

He said, “Y’know, I’ve been selling guns for 17 years and have only ever sold two of those (S&W;.44). Since than movie came out (it’d been a few weeks), I now have orders for a dozen, and I can’t find the pieces to fill ‘em.”

I realized then that Hollywood is the gun industry’s best advertiser.

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By rage, July 3, 2008 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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Some of these movies are pretty poor choices for advocating gun control. C’mon, The Terminator? Going from being the legend to the moralistic cautionary tale has not always been that successful in curtailing abhorant human behavior, not on Planet Earth anyway. Besides, California went on to make that gun-crazed Musclehead their Governator.

On the plus-side of this equation, though, sits Chris Rock. He raises a very poignant point. Life can be ended at too cheap a cost. We really need to raise the price of bullets to $15K per bullet. Then regulate bullets more fiercely than we currently regulate bomb-grade Uranium.

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By Bert, July 1, 2008 at 11:09 pm Link to this comment
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I think Hollywood has made a great living off of contrived representations of violence, there’s a dispute as to whether or not violent media promotes interpersonal violence, I think there is a connection, call it, ‘monkey see, monkey do’ for lack of a better descriptor, I won’t ever go to sit-down movie again, though, getting mugged at the ticket booth, there.

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By JM, July 1, 2008 at 7:58 pm Link to this comment
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The title of this article is ambiguous and the examples don’t make any kind of case for gun control. Are these supposed to be films that advocate gun control, or show us that gun control is a good idea—or, films that show horrors of gun violence and should therefore make us in favor of gun control? The only one that I know of that supports and advocates gun control is Bowling for Columbine, but that’s obvious.  I fail to see how “A History of Violence” is “in favor of gun control”. It shows a good, nice guy, performing a heroic act of self defense with a gun.  Sure, it shows us that violence is bad and ugly, but we all know that. After seeing this, some kid might think, “hey, I should learn how to use a gun. Then I might someday be able to defend myself like that cool guy in A History of Violence.”

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