AP: Bruce Willis a die-hard on Second Amendment

posted at 4:11 pm on February 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Yes, I’ve been waiting all day to write that headline. So sue me.  While many Hollywood celebrities have begun lecturing us on gun control and gun violence — some while making movies that mindlessly celebrate the latter — a few have pushed back against the demand for encroachment on gun rights.  Add Bruce Willis to that list, who also pushes back against criticisms of entertainment:

Bruce Willis says he’s against new gun control laws that could infringe on Second Amendment rights. The “Die Hard” star also dismisses any link between Hollywood shootouts and real-life gun violence.

“I think that you can’t start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it’s all going to become undone,” Willis told The Associated Press in a recent interview while promoting his latest film, “A Good Day To Die Hard.” ”If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn’t they take all your rights away from you?”

One other right in particular apparently has Willis concerned:

“No one commits a crime because they saw a film. There’s nothing to support that,” Willis said. “We’re not making movies about people that have gone berserk, or gone nuts. Those kind of movies wouldn’t last very long at all.”

That’s not entirely true, at least not about films about people going berserk or nuts.  Hollywood actually has a long tradition of violent films showing people going crazy and committing violent murders, sometimes in gruesome detail.  That’s basically the entire structure of “franchises” like Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but also true of a couple of Dirty Harry films (Dead Pool and Sudden Impact), classics like Psycho (although the violence was mostly inferred) and A Clockwork Orange, and any number of very popular films over the last several decades.  I’m certain that readers can provide a few more examples in the comments.

That doesn’t mean that the government should establish a new censorship code for films and video games.  But it also doesn’t mean that we can’t discuss the cultural impact of mass-produced violent entertainment as consumers, and hold the producers accountable through free-market forces for cheapening life and glorifying violence.  These are cultural problems that require cultural solutions, not government mandates and bans.

In the end, Willis agrees on that point:

Willis added that he doesn’t see how additional legislation could prevent future mass shootings.

“It’s a difficult thing and I really feel bad for those families,” he said. “I’m a father and it’s just a tragedy. But I don’t know how you legislate insanity. I don’t know what you do about it. I don’t even know how you begin to stop that.”

You certainly don’t improve the situation by forcibly disarming the people already abiding by the law, or undermining the natural right to effective self-defense.

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Bruce Willis passed that test. Too bad Stallone didn’t.

Dongemaharu on February 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Still, the land is lost, from the left to the right.

Rome lasted much longer.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Perhaps a better title would have been “a die-hard FOR Second Amendment”…”die-hard on” sounds wrong.

Sinatra_98 on February 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM

That’s not entirely true, at least not about films about people going berserk or nuts. Hollywood actually has a long tradition of violent films showing people going crazy and committing violent murders, sometimes in gruesome detail. That’s basically the entire structure of “franchises” like Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but also true of a couple of Dirty Harry films (Dead Pool and Sudden Impact), classics like Psycho (although the violence was mostly inferred) and A Clockwork Orange, and any number of very popular films over the last several decades. I’m certain that readers can provide a few more examples in the comments.

Well a lot of those films you cited belong in the horror film genre. Others like the Dirty Harry movies are morality tales where good triumphs over evil. Oh and the first Dirty Harry flick’s antagonist, Scorpio, was based on the Zodiac killer, so that was a case of art imitating life, not the other way around.

As for Bruce Willis, good for him to be one of the lone dissenting voices out of Hollywood during the post-Newtown fallout. Here’s hoping he’s rewarded by his movie doing well at the box office(provided it doesn’t suck as bad as the 4th one).

Doughboy on February 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM

It’s always good news when a Hollywood actor isn’t a raving lefty lunatic. And Die Hard is my favorite Christmas movie.

sauldalinsky on February 6, 2013 at 4:22 PM

”If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn’t they take all your rights away from you?”

…who knew there were actors who can think…and not just act?

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Still, the land is lost, from the left to the right.

Rome lasted much longer.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

The Roman Senate was always pretty week.

rhombus on February 6, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Still, the land is lost, from the left to the right.

Rome lasted much longer.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Well, Die Hard was based on a book called Nothing Lasts Forever. I guess the author was on to something.

Doughboy on February 6, 2013 at 4:23 PM

It’s always refreshing to see a major Hollywood figure who’s not a knee jerk leftard. It will be interesting how the studios react, and if Willis starts getting offered fewer leading roles after this.

Hayabusa on February 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM

His statements were almost coherent. Stick with movies. He doesn’t get a pass on incoherent political statements just because he’s one of the minority of actors who isn’t far left.

An Objectivist on February 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM

It’s always good news when a Hollywood actor isn’t a raving lefty lunatic. And Die Hard is my favorite Christmas movie.

sauldalinsky on February 6, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Even 25 years later, Die Hard rocks! Hans Gruber is easily the most entertaining movie villain since Darth Vader.

“Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it the same way, so he won’t be joining us for the rest of his life.”

Hayabusa on February 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Rome lasted much longer.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

They didn’t have nearly instant mass communication and high literacy rates. They also didn’t have anti-Rome school systems burning a dislike of Rome into the young ones. The fall of this country is not due to the left but rather all the people that sat back and let the left infiltrate every important part of society.

Dr. Frank Enstine on February 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Yippee ki yay Bronco Bama.

Curtiss on February 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Bruce Willis passed that test. Too bad Stallone didn’t.

Dongemaharu on February 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Bruce could kick Stallone’s ass with his hands tied behind his back.
Bruce will kick Stallon’s ass at the box-office also.

redguy on February 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM

“A Clockwork Orange” was a commentary on the utopian statism that we are all experiencing now. IIRC, Alex was a violent thug and the do-gooders in government wanted to rehabilitate him and make him non-violent so he could fit into society like he should. That backfired, badly. Great movie, actually. Worth watching today for the sad predictions it made that have come true.

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM

That doesn’t mean that the government should establish a new censorship code for films and video games. But it also doesn’t mean that we can’t discuss the cultural impact of mass-produced violent entertainment as consumers, and hold the producers accountable through free-market forces for cheapening life and glorifying violence. These are cultural problems that require cultural solutions, not government mandates and bans.

Perhaps I just haven’t been paying close enough attention, but have there been calls to legislate censorship? I can’t recall any. What I see are people demanding the Hollywood elite stop being hypocrites.

On one hand, they create art to mold and shape the human experience. On the other, violent movies have no impact on those who view them. Please square that circle for me. How many “very special” episodes of TV programs try to mold and shape attitudes about everything from Breast Cancer to HIV to Bulimia? Yet, seeing psychopathic violence from shows such as Dexter, The Sopranos, etc. have no impact? Which is it? Make up your minds.

For the life of me, I’ve never understood the love affair Hollywood has with the gangster (organized crime) lifestyle (The Godfather, etc.).

Mitoch55 on February 6, 2013 at 4:30 PM

No one commits a crime because they saw a film.

Not so sure. The guy who played Scorpio in “Dirty Harry” did an outstanding job. I hated that b****rd by the end of the movie. If he’d been giving autographs in the lobby afterwards, I’m sure somebody would’ve decked him cold.

ss396 on February 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Dr. Frank Enstine on February 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Why relatively free people always, always, always deserve their governments.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2013 at 4:35 PM

not as a republic

WryTrvllr on February 6, 2013 at 4:35 PM

“A Clockwork Orange” was a commentary on the utopian statism that we are all experiencing now. IIRC, Alex was a violent thug and the do-gooders in government wanted to rehabilitate him and make him non-violent so he could fit into society like he should. That backfired, badly. Great movie, actually. Worth watching today for the sad predictions it made that have come true.
totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM

But it didn’t backfire at all. The do gooders made the case that what was being done to the criminals was cruel and unusual punishment so they ended up axing the program and turning anyone conditioned back into what they had been.

Dr. Frank Enstine on February 6, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Remember that liberals always infiltrate conservative organizations and destroy from within.

I am inclined to give willis the benefit of the doubt, but I defer to LaPierre.

I used to HATE the fact that LaPierre was vice in perpetuity.

Not anymore. That dude has stones.

WryTrvllr on February 6, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Mitoch55 on February 6, 2013 at 4:30 PM

It’s a tough one for them because they really want it both ways.

Dr. Frank Enstine on February 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM

“I’m certain that readers can provide a few more examples in the comments.”

I blame Cagney.

I thought all these nuts were nuts. I’m always told that’s why they did it. Anyway, I think what Willis is saying is that Hollywood doesn’t glorify the crazies and they certainly haven’t in most of those movies you’ve listed, Ed.

About the only movie Hollywood produced that comes close to creating an icon out of a murderous nutjob is the Batman series with the Joker.

Dusty on February 6, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Then of course there was the Joker. He was flippin’ nuts.

John the Libertarian on February 6, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Man, it gets so tired…all the celebrities mouthing off with the opinions about things that they are in no way qualified to even..
wait…
what’s that you say, big movie star Bruce Willis?
Ha.

verbaluce on February 6, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Ha! He’ll be walking back these remarks before the ink on his next film contract dries.

Hollywood will betray you!

Mr. Arrogant on February 6, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Perhaps a better title would have been “a die-hard FOR Second Amendment”…”die-hard on” sounds wrong.

Sinatra_98 on February 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Yeah, I thought it sounded like a warning about Viagra.

CorporatePiggy on February 6, 2013 at 4:49 PM

“A Clockwork Orange” was a commentary on the utopian statism that we are all experiencing now. IIRC, Alex was a violent thug and the do-gooders in government wanted to rehabilitate him and make him non-violent so he could fit into society like he should. That backfired, badly. Great movie, actually. Worth watching today for the sad predictions it made that have come true.
totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM

But it didn’t backfire at all. The do gooders made the case that what was being done to the criminals was cruel and unusual punishment so they ended up axing the program and turning anyone conditioned back into what they had been.

Dr. Frank Enstine on February 6, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Clockwork celebrated individuality, even if it adds chaos to the system.

What the statists can’t seem to grasp is you cannot legislate away chaos. They overreact every time.

John the Libertarian on February 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Man, I love Die Hard. Oh my God, the quarterback is TOAST!

search4truth on February 6, 2013 at 4:53 PM

No one commits a crime because they saw a film. There’s nothing to support that

I don’t agree with this part, but I suppose he can’t shoot himself in the foot. If Hollywood thinks people can’t be motivated by something they watch, why do they air commercials for their films?

Ronnie on February 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Man, it gets so tired…all the celebrities mouthing off with the opinions about things that they are in no way qualified to even..
wait…
what’s that you say, big movie star Bruce Willis?
Ha.

verbaluce on February 6, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Nobody’s canonizing Bruce Willis because he’s on our side on this issue. What he’s being lauded for is not being a hypocrite. He knows his stock in trade is starring in movies that feature guns and violence as a major component.

Mitoch55 on February 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Perhaps a better title would have been “a die-hard FOR Second Amendment”…”die-hard on” sounds wrong.

Sinatra_98 on February 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Well, if it lasts more than four hours…

Ronnie on February 6, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Perhaps I just haven’t been paying close enough attention, but have there been calls to legislate censorship? I can’t recall any. What I see are people demanding the Hollywood elite stop being hypocrites.

Not really. There’ll be “studies” made. However, more than Hollywood, the second most commonly “culprit” to go after (far behind guns) has been video games.

A bit off topic, and not to sound like I am defending just games (I’ve had my fill of arguments defending guns and the 2nd amendment in recent weeks),one of the most interesting aspects of the gaming industry is that they are (so far) self regulating. The ESRB was established in the early 90′s by the gaming industry on its own in order to appease parents who were complaining about violent games. The ESRB provides the rating that parents can use to see if a game is appropriate for their child.

Unlike the ratings on movies and TV (MPAA and FCC) which started as a result of laws from the government, the gaming industry has been showing how a private market can regulate itself well. Even a few years ago a small, local Japanese developer had created a game where you played the part of a rapist terrorizing a mother and her two daughters. There was an outcry from the game industry even before one parent complained, and the pressure put by it on the developer put a stop from the game being released.

The problem is not games which yes, granted, can be realistic in many instances, but present the same virtual scenario that you and I had in the old days playing cops and robbers or commando with toy guns. The issue is that those same parents that buy their 10 year old Call of Duty because it is much easier to be a parent when you can have others (teachers at school, TV, games) keep him/her occupied rather than participating in the growth of your kid. The mentality of the parent as “the cool friend” instead of “the parent” has been a disaster for decades.

Just like I don’t want an infringement of my 2nd Amendment rights I don’t want to infringe on the 1st one either. Most of what comes out of Hollywood is trash. Period. But I choose not to consume it. Does it have a negative impact on our kids? Sure. Hopefully parents are paying attention and filtering the content to their kids as they see fit.

On a separate note, glad to see a figure of Willis’ caliber being coherent and using some common sense.

ptcamn on February 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Ronnie on February 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

I am given to understand that a hypnotist cannot make a subject commit a crime – if the subject does not wish to.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I am given to understand that a hypnotist cannot make a subject commit a crime – if the subject does not wish to.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

And this has something to do with the fact that commercials are effective…

Ronnie on February 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

He knows his stock in trade is starring in movies that feature guns and violence as a major component.

Mitoch55 on February 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

I wasn’t suggesting he’s that cynical/insincere.
But maybe you’re right…that may well be his motivation here.

verbaluce on February 6, 2013 at 5:05 PM

No wonder i have always had a man crush on Bruce Willis…..he is possibly the coolest guy in Hollywood.

alecj on February 6, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Willis has the right idea, but it’s going to be a tough sell to his fellow actor/actresses in service to an ideology that’s better suited to a kindergarten playground.

They protest “Guns, Violence & general meanness” yet continue to accept paychecks and acclaim for working in a industry that makes a pretty good living portraying exactly that.

There comes a point where the road to “Good Intentions” should cross “Common Sense” instead of being hung up at the Stoplight of Stupidity…But listening to most of the Wizards of Smart from the Progressive Left, I’m not holding out hope.

BlaxPac on February 6, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Ronnie on February 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Encourage to buy does not equate to encourage to commit crime.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I also won’t be watching the new Expendables movie with Stallone and the American hating Jackie Chan in it…both huge hypocrites

sadsushi on February 6, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Encourage to buy does not equate to encourage to commit crime.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

What does that have to do with your left field comment about forcing people to do things through hypnotism? The fact is that people who are inclined to buy something or inclined to commit a crime can be encouraged to follow through on it. What you’re saying say about people doing things against their will has absolutely nothing to do with what I said.

Ronnie on February 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

It’s always refreshing to see a major Hollywood figure who’s not a knee jerk leftard. It will be interesting how the studios react, and if Willis starts getting offered fewer leading roles after this.
Hayabusa on February 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Doubt it. He’s been open about his libertarianism, pro gun stance and support for Republicans for a long time.

jawkneemusic on February 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM

“No one commits a crime because they saw a film. There’s nothing to support that,”

Tell that to John Grisham. While he finally dropped his suit against Oliver Stone, he made his point. The movie inspired so many copycat killings that a law review article was finally written to discuss all the resulting lawsuits against the moviemakers.

MTF on February 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM

I’m not sure why we make more laws when the ones we have now can’t be enforced.

Cindy Munford on February 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

I wasn’t suggesting he’s that cynical/insincere.
But maybe you’re right…that may well be his motivation here.

verbaluce on February 6, 2013 at 5:05 PM

It’s also the general rank hypocrisy of lefty Hollywood types.

They think global warming is a big issue but own/use private jets and massive mansions.

They are pro gun control – except for their own body guards.

They decry captalism while living very large because of the capitalist system.

gwelf on February 6, 2013 at 5:27 PM

No one commits a crime because they saw a film. There’s nothing to support that

John Hinkley disagrees.

Better said: nobody who would not otherwise have committed a crime commits a crime because they saw a film. The criminals may, however, draw inspiration from anywhere, and not just violent movies.

TexasDan on February 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM

But I don’t know how you legislate insanity. I don’t know what you do about it. I don’t even know how you begin to stop that.

And herein lies the difference between politicians and normal people : A normal person recognizes his limitations, and will deal with what HE can deal with on his own. A politician will sometimes admit he doesn’t know what to do, but will then proceed to light the fuse with absolutely no knowledge of or regard for how big the explosion will be or what will be destroyed by it. Elmer Fudds trying to kill flies with shotguns.

questionmark on February 6, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Bruce Willis…le sigh

ladyingray on February 6, 2013 at 5:45 PM

You certainly don’t improve the situation by forcibly disarming the people already abiding by the law, or undermining the natural right to effective self-defense.

You’d think that was self-evident, wouldn’t you?

Cleombrotus on February 6, 2013 at 5:58 PM

I know lots of ten and twelve year old boys who play shoot em up
games on XBox and go to shoot em up movies as well. Not one of
them has exhibited violent tendencies. Other than the occasional
punch to the little brother. Can we agree that punching the little
brother has been going on for centuries?

Their hand/eye coordination from playing their video games has
helped them in their after school sports. After going to the movies, they talk about the car crashes, “did you see that guy’s
head being blown off”, etc. Then they go home, have dinner and
do their homework.

They know the XBox is a game; they know that the movie is pretend.

Why do some people think these kids are stupid?

I bet seeing their parents smoking a joint, drinking too many
budweisers, being lazy by laying on the couch all day not working
and making a living for their families, beating up on either their
them or their moms makes more of a negative effect on some children’s lives.

Amjean on February 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Man, it gets so tired…all the celebrities mouthing off with the opinions about things that they are in no way qualified to even..
wait…
what’s that you say, big movie star Bruce Willis?
Ha.

verbaluce on February 6, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Nobody’s canonizing Bruce Willis because he’s on our side on this issue. What he’s being lauded for is not being a hypocrite. He knows his stock in trade is starring in movies that feature guns and violence as a major component.

Mitoch55 on February 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

I’m guessing vl is some petty bureacrat or hired help that sniffs some politicians undies whenever he can so if he was an actor he’d probably do hallmark movies or gay snuff films.

acyl72 on February 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

And herein lies the difference between politicians and normal people : A normal person recognizes his limitations, and will deal with what HE can deal with on his own.
questionmark on February 6, 2013 at 5:34 PM

To quote another actor (his character anyway) who actually has some common sense – “a man’s got to know his limitations”.

I’ve liked Bruce since his start in the series Moonlighting, but RED is by far my favorite movie of the last few years.

dentarthurdent on February 6, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Willis is right on all counts. And will conservatives please stop blaming movies for violence? Its as bad as the Dems blaming guns.

Jack_Burton on February 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

”If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn’t they take all your rights away from you?”

Coming up…universal background checks and registration on speech.

PortlandJon on February 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM

And will conservatives please stop blaming movies for violence? Its as bad as the Dems blaming guns.

Jack_Burton on February 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

If movies can’t shape behavior how can parenting?

Ronnie on February 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Ronnie on February 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

“inclined to commit a crime” is as far as we need go. Making excuses for their behaviour is pathetic!

OldEnglish on February 6, 2013 at 6:31 PM

I am so proud of my wife; she asked to go see Die Hard V for Saint Valentine’s Day and I already have the advance tickets. Long live Die Hard. Long live Free Speech. Long live the _entire_ Bill of Rights.

Theophile on February 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

“inclined to commit a crime” is as far as we need go. Making excuses for their behaviour is pathetic!

OldEnglish on February 6, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Keep beating that straw man.

Ronnie on February 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

My favorite Bruce Willis movie of all time is The Whole Nine Yards. Glad to have a few celebrities I can watch without feeling guilty or disgusted because of their political positions or big mouths.

toby11 on February 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Ronnie on February 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

I sincerely hope you’re not a magistrate.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

I sincerely hope you’re not a magistrate.

OldEnglish on February 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

OK, keep arguing against things I didn’t say all by yourself. You’re pathetic and I’m not taking your bait anymore. Bye.

Ronnie on February 6, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Then there is the Tony Bennett stupid.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/339999/tony-bennett-gun-control-needed-avoid-kind-turn-happened-nazi-germany-andrew-johnson

You cannot make this up.

onlineanalyst on February 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I know lots of ten and twelve year old boys who play shoot em up
games on XBox and go to shoot em up movies as well. Not one of
them has exhibited violent tendencies. Other than the occasional
punch to the little brother. Can we agree that punching the little
brother has been going on for centuries?

Their hand/eye coordination from playing their video games has
helped them in their after school sports. After going to the movies, they talk about the car crashes, “did you see that guy’s
head being blown off”, etc. Then they go home, have dinner and
do their homework.

They know the XBox is a game; they know that the movie is pretend.

Why do some people think these kids are stupid?

I bet seeing their parents smoking a joint, drinking too many
budweisers, being lazy by laying on the couch all day not working
and making a living for their families, beating up on either their
them or their moms makes more of a negative effect on some children’s lives.

Amjean on February 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Right on, right on, right on!!

It’s all about individual responsibility. Banning guns, video games, or movies isn’t going to stop violence…. it’s all knee jerk reaction nonsense.

Props to Willis, one of my favorite actors, can’t wait to see the new Die Hard — great Valentines day idea!

LevinFan on February 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Damn, all those Saturday mornings watching Dale Evans and Roy Rogers, Popeye, Mighty Mouse and Superman…They really made me go out and shoot up the local super market for lollipops–I mean, I killed dozens of men cause I was Dale Evans! And don’t get me started on the Indians I killed while playing Davy Crockett…

lovingmyUSA on February 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Glad to see Bruno did not disappoint, like Sly.

““We’re not making movies about people that have gone berserk, or gone nuts.”

Mr. McClane- ever seen Falling Down?

VengeanceIsMine on February 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM

How many “very special” episodes of TV programs try to mold and shape attitudes about everything from Breast Cancer to HIV to Bulimia? Yet, seeing psychopathic violence from shows such as Dexter, The Sopranos, etc. have no impact? Which is it? Make up your minds.

Mitoch55

Yeah, I’m thinking the threshold for encouraging folks to contribute to breast cancer causes is a little easier to overcome than encouraging folks to go out and commit mass murder. No one is going to go out and become a serial killer because they watch Dexter.

Tell that to John Grisham. While he finally dropped his suit against Oliver Stone, he made his point. The movie inspired so many copycat killings that a law review article was finally written to discuss all the resulting lawsuits against the moviemakers.

MTF

He didn’t make any point, lol. He made unsubstantiated claims, and he lost. What was inspired was a lot of copycat lawsuits trying to cash in where Grisholm had failed.

By the way, do Grishom’s books encourage people to commit suicide, murder, postal fraud, theft, etc? Maybe he should sue himself.

xblade on February 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

And don’t get me started on the Indians I killed while playing Davy Crockett…

lovingmyUSA on February 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Not to mention Mexicans!!!

ladyingray on February 6, 2013 at 7:47 PM

I think the push against violent games and movies is a ploy to make people think about how a brainless feeding frenzy can affect one’s civil rights.

“you want to advocate damage to my exercise of the 2nd amendment, how about I advocate damage to your exercise of the 1st? Hows that FEEL?!”

kurtzz3 on February 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

It’s sad that you have to be an uber-mega star in order to feel confident enough to express non-leftwing sentiments.

Sterling Holobyte on February 6, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Bruce should sit back and contemplate briefly the significance of the right to own guns and the responsibility for their use. If you misuse a gun you are responsible for that misuse even if you legally own the gun. The same responsibility should exist at an absolute level for the freedom of speech. It must exist for all our freedoms, including the freedom of religion. One MUST be responsible for their actions expressing their freedom of religion, as well as when firing a gun.

{^_^}

herself on February 7, 2013 at 4:22 AM

“We’re not making movies about people that have gone berserk, or gone nuts. Those kind of movies wouldn’t last very long at all.”

That’s not entirely true, at least not about films about people going berserk or nuts.

You only had to point out Natural Born Killers. But, there was a movie out recently about a guy who decides to go on a killing spree to take out people who he just doesn’t like.

LoganSix on February 7, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Bruce Willis has a lot more career behind him than ahead of him. At this stage, if you blackball him as a conservative, he laughs at you.

Young actors trying to get a start can’t afford to tell the truth. They have to live in character as liberals if they want to get work.

And so often, what starts as a mask becomes the face.

David Blue on February 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM