Meryl Streep is about to make the world a much better place. At least on the big screen, she is. The Hollywood actress, and the film producer, Harvey Weinstein, are teaming up to make an anti-NRA film that is bound to stir up both criticism and applause with gun advocates and anti-NRA lobbyists.
Talk about shots fired, right?
While we don’t have too many details about the project just yet, Mr. Weinstein has revealed that Meryl Streep is indeed involved and that it won’t be a documentary but instead, a “big movie like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.’”
Mr. Weinstein told Howard Stern on his radio talk show just last week: “I don’t think we need guns in this country, and I hate it. The NRA is a disaster area.”
As a mother of two children in a world where I too often hear about gun violence, whether they happen at schools, in movie theaters, or in the streets, I strongly hope and encourage Harvey Weinstein and Meryl Streep to help educate and enlighten our nation about gun control and more stricter gun laws. And while many might say that it’s not guns that are doing the killing but rather the people pulling the trigger, something has to happen for us to finally wake up as a nation and say: “Hey, something’s not right here.”
Personally, I don’t think more security and metal detectors in our schools and workplaces are the answer. Instead, we need to change laws and educate our children about the dangers of weapons and the way we approach gun laws altogether.
And while yes, this might be a bit hypocritical for Hollywood to make a film about anti-guns, considering its long history of glorifying violence on the big screen, it’s at least a step that’s going in the right direction. What better medium to help send out a message than through a widespread film?
From a political standpoint, it’s sad to think that it took only one shoe bomber to change the way we board airplanes and airport security forever, when we hear about school shootings all too often and yet, nothing is done. As Bill Clinton once stated, “When we got organized as a country, [and] wrote a fairly radical Constitution, with a radical Bill of Rights, giving radical amounts of freedom to Americans, it was assumed that Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly. [...] When personal freedom is being abused, you have to move to limit it.”
And to that, I agree wholeheartedly.
Tell us Babble readers, how do you feel about guns and gun ownership? Would you like to see an anti-NRA film made in Hollywood, as well?
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