Unfortunately, yet disturbingly predictable, celebrities engage in what I call “conspicuous endorsementism” for liberal causes (yes, I believe I made that term up). Yet another is their clamoring to be included on the National Rifle Association’s list of organizations and individuals who are anti-gun. Even Rainman wants a part:
“Actor Dustin Hoffman was so dismayed to find his name missing from the NRA’s shadowy 19-page list of U.S. companies, celebrities, and news organizations seen as lending support to anti-gun policies that he wrote to the powerful pro-gun lobby group begging to be included.”
People who support “anti-gun” policies created a nifty looking website to get people to sign up. They plan a major advertising campaign soon. The list of celebrities is enormous. It makes me wonder how anyone from the NRA can watch television or see a movie or read a magazine if they choose to boycott all these people.
Not surprisingly, I am pro-gun-control, but not anti-gun, as the guns are not to blame. I believe the vast majority of Americans are, at present, too stupid to own a gun. I don’t think guns should be banned, but it should be incredibly difficult to get one (yes, I enjoyed much of Bowling for Columbine, and am looking forward to seeing Michael Moore when he visits my University today). I believe there should be draconian restrictions on gun ownership. Of course, there’s the whole issue of “well, the CRIMINALS have guns!” which is true, but I doubt that if such restrictions were in place, that the vast majority of these criminals would have guns. Most criminals with guns are not part of some organized criminal cabal. They are everyday folks (as scary as that may seem…) who have access to guns and use them in criminal acts. I believe the police and other publicly sanctioned organizations should have access, but everyday folks should have restricted access. Where do we draw the line, you ask? Let the police have them, and let the insurance broker have a difficult time trying to obtain one. Let the national guard have them, and let the construction worker have a difficult time obtaining one. And no, I don’t believe that if citizens give up their weapons that the government will become fascist and rip up the Constitution. The government will work as it does today, the rich will still get richer, the poor will still get poorer, and all else would be the same, just as it is in countries with more stringent gun-control laws.
I still think celebrities engage in conspicuous endorsementism. They may even come to believe in the values/products/both that they endorse, but they do so to “fit in” and be part of an “in crowd.” Let’s face it: Rainman isn’t exactly going out on a limb by wanting to be a part of the NRA blacklist.