Hey, remember when the NRA blamed Hollywood's violent films -- among other things -- for inspiring gun massacres like Newtown? Well, here's their list of the "Coolest Gun Movies Ever." »
Choice quotes from the American Rifleman article linked to here by Talking Points Memo:
- From the slideshow intro: “Many of these movies… take us back to simpler times, when dreaming of saving the day got us through that oh-so boring class.”
- From a review of Red Dawn:"Up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, many folks prepared for a possible invasion by what Ronald Reagan called the ‘Evil Empire.’" Man, gun nuts were delusional even back then.
- On The Terminator, which, remember, is a science fiction film: “This movie made shooters realize the importance of firepower, and that preparedness might be needed in the future.” You know, just in case a time-travelling killer android comes looking for you.
- On The Godfather: "That (Michael Corleone) built his empire through violence is only that much more alluring." Oh really.
- On The Matrix, a film that contains “a line that could easily be the catchphrase of many gun owners when asked what they need: 'Guns. Lots of guns.'”
- On The Road Warrior: ”This movie made some people realize that ammunition is a commodity, and would be useful if the world ever does hit the fan."
Most folks recognize the movies are fiction, meant as a form of escape.
The NRA apparently takes them at face value.