Cool: “Guardians’” Chris Pratt is a proud gun owner

posted at 9:21 pm on August 14, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Not bad to have the summer’s most unlikely and likeable leading man and cash cow in Hollywood advocating for gun ownership for both self defense, specifically for women, and hunting. And, he’s not afraid to talk about it, citing a 30-40 gun arsenal in an interview with Esquire and seemingly freaking out the author of the piece a bit. But here’s the power of Pratt, who for my money, is one of the most underdoggy, everymanny crazy likeable figures to come out of Hollywood in years. He didn’t freak her out much. Her piece reads like he totally had her convinced in the interview, but when she got back to writing, she felt obligated to throw in some digs.

“Pratt talks about his thirty- or forty-gun arsenal. He bought Faris [actress Anna Faris, Pratt's wife] a gun in the event that crazy person comes to their house while he’s in Louisiana and necessitates her ‘blowing their f—— brains out.’ He tells me to print that, just in case Anna Faris’ and Esquire’s fan demographics overlap.

It’s not all so primal — Pratt believes in firearm regulation, background checks, and preventing guns from falling into the hands of the mentally ill. He explains population control and hunting licenses and tags and the virtues of eating what you kill. It all makes sense, but it also feels kind of like when Dexter explains that he’s a good serial killer because his victims are rapists and murderers. Really, this guy just likes to kill s–t.”

“It all makes sense,” she conceded before going home and comforting herself with her talking points and her assurances that Pratt’s probably just another psycho, all evidence to the contrary after a really nice conversation with him. It all makes sense because there are a lot of rational arguments for guns for self-defense and animal population control and the “virtues of eating what you kill” that people who are viscerally against guns hardly ever stop to consider. Pratt got her to stop, and it made sense, for a second. Here’s hoping he gets others to think about it, too. Glad to have him and his wife Faris join the trend of surprising pop-culture figures with gun views that match up with the majority of the country more than with Hollywood.

Another note on Pratt’s likeability: The other night a friend of mine mentioned rumors of a “Knight Rider” reboot, at which I immediately frowned, until she said, “starring Chris Pratt,” and my frown turned upside down. I’m not even a fan, per se, but him in the role of Michael Knight suddenly changed my mind almost entirely about this tired reboot idea.

Hat tip to Western Journalism, which has video of Pratt on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” talking about the gun-slinging filming of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which I haven’t even seen yet. Some Chris Pratt fan I am.

The rest of the Esquire interview is here.


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A soundtrack full of 1970′s songs is also #1 this week on the Billboard 200…

Showing you how TIRED the marketplace is for AutoTune Princesses, RAP crap, and Whiner Rock…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z58LtPUSE1k

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 9:31 PM

This is newsworthy?

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trs on August 14, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Pratt believes in firearm regulation

That needs some delving into. Otherwise, good to see a member of Hollyweird embrace guns.

Bitter Clinger on August 14, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix

“Come and Get your Love”

This soundtrack is currently #1 in sales, showing you how BANKRUPT the current autotune dominated crappy music scene is…

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 9:34 PM

This is newsworthy?

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trs on August 14, 2014 at 9:32 PM

It’s so terrible when people with mainstream influence who can reach swaths of people you never will have views that are similar to yours and reinforce the ideas of freedom. What a snoozefest!

Mary Katharine Ham on August 14, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Another note on Pratt’s likeability: The other night a friend of mine mentioned rumors of a “Knight Rider” reboot, at which I immediately frowned, until she said, “starring Chris Pratt,” and my frown turned upside down.

Don’t you mean a re-reboot as they have already done a reboot lasted less than 1 season.

RickB on August 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM

It’s so terrible when people with mainstream influence who can reach swaths of people you never will have views that are similar to yours and reinforce the ideas of freedom. What a snoozefest!

Mary Katharine Ham on August 14, 2014 at 9:34 PM

MKH, gun control means hitting the target.

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Ah, nice to have a feel-good story for the day.

Hope to see more Hollywood actors like him speak out and not feel like they have to remain silent out of fear of not getting decent gigs in that town.

Aizen on August 14, 2014 at 9:39 PM

MKH, gun control means hitting the target.

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM

I didn’t expound on his gun control beliefs because they’re not fleshed out here. And, since he’s a guy with 30-40 guns, I’m guessing he’s one who favors a lighter touch than not. I further would reckon the writer of the article doesn’t know enough to distinguish between a nod to general background checks and mental health precautions, so hard to assume too much about what he actually said without further documentation. But the mere willingness to own up to owning guns unabashedly is a pretty decent indicator that he’s, well, pro-gun.

Mary Katharine Ham on August 14, 2014 at 9:40 PM

I am now missing my old cassette tapes.

And I don’t even use CD’s anymore… I have Van Halen’s “A Different Kind of Truth” in my car’s CD player, it’s been in there for over a YEAR… Most of my listening is off Sirius or Spotify on my iPhone.

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 9:41 PM

between a nod to general background checks and mental health precautions and the more intense gun-control measures, that is. Sorry, didn’t finish my thought.

Mary Katharine Ham on August 14, 2014 at 9:41 PM

I didn’t expound on his gun control beliefs because they’re not fleshed out here. And, since he’s a guy with 30-40 guns, I’m guessing he’s one who favors a lighter touch than not. I further would reckon the writer of the article doesn’t know enough to distinguish between a nod to general background checks and mental health precautions, so hard to assume too much about what he actually said without further documentation. But the mere willingness to own up to owning guns unabashedly is a pretty decent indicator that he’s, well, pro-gun.

Mary Katharine Ham on August 14, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Only having 30-40 guns is considered “beginner” level here in Ashland, KY :)

When the collapse happens, this will be one of the pockets of sanity left :)

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM

The world is burning, and I’m wasting precious electrons posting a comment on a story like this? (I keed, I keed)

Don’t know who this is, but dude probably just destroyed his career before it got too much off the ground …

ShainS on August 14, 2014 at 9:46 PM

… I further would reckon the writer of the article doesn’t know enough to distinguish between a nod to general background checks and mental health precautions, so hard to assume too much about what he actually said without further documentation. …
Mary Katharine Ham on August 14, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Nail, head, all that.

“Pratt believes in firearm regulation, background checks, and preventing guns from falling into the hands of the mentally ill.”

I read that as: he doesn’t want firearms in the hands of criminals, or the mentally ill, and background checks are part of that “regulation.” Just as most responsible firearm owners might agree.

Alien on August 14, 2014 at 9:47 PM

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter “Star-Lord” Quill’s most prized possession is a mixtape titled Awesome Mix Vol. 1, featuring previously recorded songs by the Jackson 5, David Bowie, and the Runaways. This alone makes the soundtrack’s spot on the top of the charts notable—all previous No. 1 soundtracks have featured at least some music recorded just for that film, but all of the Guardians’ tracks were recorded in the ’70s.

The Guardians of the Galaxy mix is the second soundtrack to hit the top spot this year: Frozen’s soundtrack, which included the Grammy-winning “Let It Go,” topped the Billboard 200 in January.

Between its July 29 release and August 10, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack sold 169,000 copies.

http://music-mix.ew.com/2014/08/13/guardians-of-the-galaxy-billboard/

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Don’t know who this is, but dude probably just destroyed his career before it got too much off the ground …

ShainS on August 14, 2014 at 9:46 PM

He’s already signed a multi-film deal with Marvel, so he should be doing well for the next several years.

Aizen on August 14, 2014 at 9:49 PM

I read that as: he doesn’t want firearms in the hands of criminals, or the mentally ill, and background checks are part of that “regulation.” Just as most responsible firearm owners might agree.

Alien on August 14, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Left wing nutters seem to be responsible for most mass shootings…

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Dance off!

lorien1973 on August 14, 2014 at 9:50 PM

It all makes sense, but it also feels kind of like when Dexter explains that he’s a good serial killer because his victims are rapists and murderers. Really, this guy just likes to kill s–t.”

When I listen to a leftie rant about taking away guns it feels kind of like when pick-your-tyrant explains that it’s for the good of society. Really, this guy just plans on killing s**t.

Rule #1: Never ever ever say in public how many guns you own. Ever.

Bishop on August 14, 2014 at 9:51 PM

He’s already signed a multi-film deal with Marvel, so he should be doing well for the next several years.

Aizen on August 14, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Ah, thanks. Good to know.

Maybe that level of security contributed to him being open about his beliefs …

ShainS on August 14, 2014 at 9:52 PM

He was great in the Lego Movie. Gonna see Guardians soon.

Caiwyn on August 14, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Rule #1: Never ever ever say in public how many guns you own. Ever.

Bishop on August 14, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Excellent advice …

ShainS on August 14, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Rule #1: Never ever ever say in public how many guns you own. Ever.

Bishop on August 14, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Guns? What guns?

Oh yeah, I lost them all in a tragic boating accident last time I went fishing when the boat capsized.

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 9:54 PM

He was great in the Lego Movie. Gonna see Guardians soon.

Caiwyn on August 14, 2014 at 9:53 PM

You will love it. Best movie I’ve seen in forever.

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 9:55 PM

“It all makes sense,” she (Aly Weisman) conceded before going home and comforting herself with her talking points and her assurances that Pratt’s probably just another psycho, all evidence to the contrary after a really nice conversation with him.

It all makes sense because there are a lot of rational arguments for guns for self-defense and animal population control and the “virtues of eating what you kill” that people who are viscerally against guns hardly ever stop to consider. Pratt got her to stop, and it made sense, for a second.
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Mary Katharine Ham on August 14, 2014 at 9:21 PM

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But self-defense in a “civil” environment (against common criminals), and hunting are numbers 2 & 3, respectively.
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**The number ONE reason** for establishing the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution IS … making government AFRAID OF THE CITIZENS.
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Period.

listens2glenn on August 14, 2014 at 9:56 PM

**The number ONE reason** for establishing the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution IS … making government AFRAID OF THE CITIZENS.
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Period.

listens2glenn on August 14, 2014 at 9:56 PM

The Founders gave us two mechanisms for checking an out of control government:

The Article V State Constitutional Convention, and the Second Amendment.

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Best movie I’ve seen in forever.

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 9:55 PM

It’s almost as good as the Avengers. too bad i didn’t really know any of the characters. but pratt was good. the opening credit scene is great.

lorien1973 on August 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Many songs that COULD have been in the movie…

One I would have included:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqZc7ZQURMs

Al Stewart “The Year of the Cat”

Ok, it’s a Humphrey Bogart tribute…

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Nice article and it’s good to have a proud gun owner telling Esquire how it is … but background checks are the biggest load of sh#t around. They are totally useless and totally annoying and done only to make the process of buying a gun from a dealer more difficult. I have a license to carry but I have to go through some BS background check every single time I want to buy a gun from a dealer or have it shipped to my state. It’s beyond ridiculous and as pointless as can be – which IS the point of forcing these idiotic background checks, in the first place.

It’s a real shame that so many people are sold on the idea that background checks are actually useful, in any way (they’re not) and don’t seem to mind having them forced on us over and over and over. And everytime something happens, the first thing people want to do (even allegedly – by their own claim – pro-2nd amendment people) is more and more of these utterly useless background checks, which also help the feds keep lists for a quasi-registration without actual registration.

I’m sick of hearing about background checks as if they are nothing. They are awful and stupid and of no use, whatsoever. None.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Americans had the right to keep and bear arms long before the 2nd Amend. The 2nd merely reaffirms this right. The OP was right. The Constitution protects citizens from Government, and anyone should be very suspicious of a politician who wants you unarmed.

Check out “The Battle of Anthens” on YouTube to fully understand why liberals dont want you armed. They’re especially terrified of armed veterans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5ut6yPrObw

Old eagle on August 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

I assume this will largely end his movie career. That baby must be smothered in its crib.

OTOH, the old action stars are geriatric (Ahnold, Stallone, Jean-Claude) so maybe he’ll get away with it. But I doubt it. You have other action star contenders like Channing Tatum so Hollyweird can safely dump the gun guy.

This guy will probably end up on a TV series, to keep him out of the big money. Make an example of him, send a message to aspiring stars and their agents.

Toocon on August 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I’m sick of hearing about background checks as if they are nothing. They are awful and stupid and of no use, whatsoever. None.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM

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Hear, hear Read, read!

ExpressoBold on August 14, 2014 at 11:01 PM

No matter how much sense gun ownership, hunting, etc., may make, it is extremely difficult to break the emotional resistance of people who come from a non-gun owning/non-hunting background. I married into such a family and my wife has come around to a few guns in the house, but the idea of hunting is a non-starter. Not a big sacrifice for me, always been more of a fisherman. But that’s the thing: killing a fish and not using a gun is somehow acceptable when compared to killing a furry animal with a gun. She admits it makes no sense and she eats meat, etc. I grew up in the country and her family is from NY city originally. It is what it is.

hamiltmc on August 14, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Toocon on August 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Except Tatum isn’t that good of an actor, on occasion he gets a decent role and plays it well ( I liked him in 21 jump street, yet to see the sequel) but for the most part he’s bland and just there to give the ladies ( and gay males) something to look at.

Pratt on the other hand just proved that not only is he a very good if until this point fairly unknown actor, he’s also capable of creating a blockbuster out of literally nothing ( come on how many people thought Guardians was going to be this big when they watched the first trailer?)

MWC_RS on August 14, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Calm down! This isn’t going to end his career. As others have said, he’s signed with Marvel for a couple more films, has the Lego Movie sequel(s) and is also in the next Jurassic Park sequel. He’s actually taking off like a rocket…

nextgen_repub on August 14, 2014 at 11:43 PM

But here’s the power of Pratt, who for my money, is one of the most underdoggy, everymanny crazy likeable figures to come out of Hollywood in years. He didn’t freak her out much. Her piece reads like he totally had her convinced in the interview, but when she got back to writing, she felt obligated to throw in some digs.
-Mary Katharine Ham

You’re getting a little carried away there, Mary Katharine.

It seems kind of pathetic to get so worked up and giddy over something like this.

It’s nice that he believes in some kind of gun rights. But we really don’t know what he believes, so don’t get too ahead of yourself. Also, why validate the idea that actors’ opinions should be more valuable than others’?

Mary Katharine Ham talks about people in positions to be able to influence others. It would be nice if Mary Katharine Ham used her prominent position as a blogger to advocate for conservative principles and to strongly counter left-wing narratives. Instead, she usually seems more interested in appearing acceptable to liberal media colleagues than anything. And then there’s her fawning coverage when movie stars drop a few crumbs for us and say something other than, “Republicans are evil.” A lot of her posts have the, “oh, no, the day’s almost over. what am I going to post about?” quality.

bluegill on August 14, 2014 at 11:51 PM

good for him– I’ve been a Chris Pratt fan for a couple of years, and he was incredible in “Guardians” so it’s been fun watching his star rise

It’s been even more enjoyable seeing a “normal” guy who likes to actually drink, sleep with women, etc actually make it in Hollywood

Now learning the fact that he is a gun advocate makes me happy my radar for normal people isn’t broken yet

He’s a solid salt of the earth guy, like Matthew McConaghey or Mark Wahlberg– which is a rarity in our degenerate society and entertainment industry

The fact that guys like Pratt and McConaghey can make it still on honest charisma and talent gives me just a little hope

Give him credit– talking about guns in that reactionary leftist cesspool Hollywood is actually damn brave

He’s set with “Jurassic World”, and sequels to “Guardians” and the “Lego Movie” so maybe he feels little liberated to be himself finally

thurman on August 14, 2014 at 11:54 PM

No matter how much sense gun ownership, hunting, etc., may make, it is extremely difficult to break the emotional resistance of people who come from a non-gun owning/non-hunting background. I married into such a family and my wife has come around to a few guns in the house, but the idea of hunting is a non-starter. Not a big sacrifice for me, always been more of a fisherman. But that’s the thing: killing a fish and not using a gun is somehow acceptable when compared to killing a furry animal with a gun. She admits it makes no sense and she eats meat, etc. I grew up in the country and her family is from NY city originally. It is what it is.
hamiltmc on August 14, 2014 at 11:12 PM

She forbids you to hunt? Even when she’s not with you?

bluegill on August 14, 2014 at 11:55 PM

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM

True story here. I guess it should say “Now this is no siht” to make it an official sea story though.

I was in a bar somewhere, Manila, Singapore, Kaohsiung I forget, anyway. I was having a drink with a couple of guys from Australia who were getting some R&R away from Vietnam. We were just chatting, drinking and having a good time when I mentioned that I was from Kentucky. These guys just straightened up and got real serious. One of them looked at me and asked in a quiet voice “Yer not from Harlan County are ya?” I about choked on my beer and laughed and spluttered. Told him no I was from Muhlenberg county on the other end of the state. They relaxed a little and I asked them How they had heard of Harlan. They replied “Well, we operated with a couple of guys from Harlan County. Meanest Bastards we’ve ever met.” I just laughed more and bought them another round.

Oldnuke on August 15, 2014 at 12:01 AM

I assume this will largely end his movie career.

Toocon on August 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Not while Stan Lee is alive and running Marvel, did you see Captain America: Winter Soldier? Political thriller with a conservative-libertarian bent.

Perspicacious on August 15, 2014 at 12:48 AM

hamiltmc on August 14, 2014 at 11:12 PM

She forbids you to hunt? Even when she’s not with you?

bluegill on August 14, 2014 at 11:55 PM

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That’s the “Walt Disney syndrome“, pure and simple.

listens2glenn on August 15, 2014 at 12:57 AM

Only having 30-40 guns is considered “beginner” level here in Ashland, KY :)

When the collapse happens, this will be one of the pockets of sanity left :)

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Sure. You go ahead and take solace with that notion. As for me, I’m not worried about the Bloods, or the Crips, or Mexican immigrants coming to get my stuff…it’s Billy Bob that does indeed own guns and knows how to use them I’ll be looking out for, and Yuppies that will have some tough decisions to make when they look into the sad eyes of their 2.5 starving kids.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 15, 2014 at 1:43 AM

Chris Pratt is a hypocrite. He’s not pro gun. He is a typical anti-gun liberal. Gun for me and not for you.

jdun on August 15, 2014 at 3:18 AM

Look it is a good story because someone from Hollywood admits he has guns, likes hunting, and thinks others should have guns too. These people have influence over the low information voters, and they disproportionately impact women.

Look how this guy has impacted MKH.

It is a good start folks…stop complaining.

William Eaton on August 15, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Was I off base…

A true Hollyweird movie star that gives thumbs up to gun ownership providing numerous conditions and stipulations are met. I can smell freedom from here.

trs on August 15, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Whenever you purchase a firearm you must fill out forms

stating you are not a mental
you are not a criminal
you are not an illegial

and then they send your info into the govt for a quick background check.

Say i wonder how many background checks Democrat Attorney General ERic HOlder did, when he let assault rifles go to mexican drug cartels.
OF which he is still under contempt of congress for refusal to provide ALL the records of what he did and authorized and communicated with obama.

sniffles1999 on August 15, 2014 at 7:31 AM

He’ll always be Scott Hatteberg to me…

Rufus on August 15, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Now that he has made it big and people are actually paying attention to him, I give him 4 weeks before he recants most of what he said about guns and other things and embraces full on leftism loudly and proudly.

The pressure for him to do so will be great, and if he wants his career to keep going, he will likely give in and do it (regardless of what he really believes).

We talk about incentives and disincentives a lot as conservatives – particular with regard to taxes.

the vast majority of Hollywood is (outwardly at least) hard-left and they seek to impose conformity. So, a practical choice is to conform. My guess is a lot of celebrities are less hard-left than they seem, but they say and do things to “fit in” and keep in the rest of Hollywood’s good graces. (I’m not saying they are necessarily righties – most likely not very political at all, but they are told by publicists, agents, etc., to say “x” or participate in “y” lefty cause).

Monkeytoe on August 15, 2014 at 8:25 AM

the vast majority of Hollywood is (outwardly at least) hard-left and they seek to impose conformity. So, a practical choice is to conform. My guess is a lot of celebrities are less hard-left than they seem, but they say and do things to “fit in” and keep in the rest of Hollywood’s good graces. (I’m not saying they are necessarily righties – most likely not very political at all, but they are told by publicists, agents, etc., to say “x” or participate in “y” lefty cause).

Monkeytoe on August 15, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Actually, thinking about this, I bet someone like Alec Baldwin is not really as hard-left as he seems. But, he keeps getting caught getting angry and saying very un-p.c. things. I think he probably has to come out and say hard-left things to try and take the heat off for his non-pc statements. It’s a cycle – say something “bad” that gets the left in an uproar, you have to say something hard-left to try and take the heat off and prove your bona-fides. But, each time, you have to outdo your previous hard-left statement.

Monkeytoe on August 15, 2014 at 8:28 AM

The other night a friend of mine mentioned rumors of a “Knight Rider” reboot, at which I immediately frowned, until she said, “starring Chris Pratt,” and my frown turned upside down. I’m not even a fan, per se, but him in the role of Michael Knight suddenly changed my mind almost entirely about this tired reboot idea.

Just no Val Kilmer as KITT, please.

They’d better hurry, William Daniels is 87, already.

The Schaef on August 15, 2014 at 10:23 AM

It’s like she “blah blah blah”ed his whole explanation. I bet it was pretty good too. Ah well.

I was already a huge fan of Guardians of the Galaxy and now I can enjoy it even more the third time I see it thanks to this news.

jdespirito on August 15, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Why would the star of a blockbuster hit that has gunfire occurring in nearly every scene be anti-gun? What was she expecting him to say?

JeremiahJohnson on August 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Hattie Hatteberg, picking’ machine.

John the Libertarian on August 16, 2014 at 1:14 AM