On Sunday, Hollywood’s elite gathered for the massive glorification of celebrity at the 90th Annual Oscars celebration. While there were multiple politically charged themes like #metoo and Time’s Up movements, one theme, in particular, highlighted the blatant hypocritical nature of these extremely rich celebrities. Gun control.
Last week, celebrities began announcing that they were going to wear little orange pins with American flags on them to show their support for gun control and the Michael Bloomberg-founded gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety.
The gun control theme in Hollywood is nothing new as it is quite common for celebrities to glorify guns and violence on the silver screen and then criticize the rights of private citizens who advocate for their right to self-defense using guns.
This time, however, as celebrities donned their orange pins and blasted the NRA, their hypocrisy was on full display. Like the politicians who call for private citizens to be stripped of their right to self-defense, the celebrities in Hollywood failed to realize that they are constantly surrounded by guns.
I challenge those in attendance to the Oscars who plan to speak on gun control to get rid of their armed security details. If you want us to get rid of our guns, you can’t be protected by them.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) March 4, 2018
Indeed, while the Hollywood bigwigs patted themselves on their backs by celebrating their movies inside, hundreds of heavily militarized police officers protected them by celebrating the police state outside.
And here it is.. #HollywoodHypocrites at #Oscars protected with road closures, security perimeter 10’wall, FBI agents, Firefighters, Police copters & security guards will be inside the Dolby. Their political statement: gun control for the rest of us. #2A pic.twitter.com/9jXnemA3dI
— Jaye (@Jaye_inUSA) March 5, 2018
Roads were closed and a security perimeter made up of ten-foot gates and barricades was set up as FBI agents, firefighters, hundreds of police officers, and helicopters swarmed the area, protecting the elite stars inside the Dolby Theatre—with guns.
“We have these concentric rings of security that start in the middle and radiate outward,” said LAPD Cmdr. Blake Chow, the man tasked with overseeing the massive operation. “We have a lot of officers in fixed posts and foot beats keeping an eye on the event.”
“There’s definitely going to be an extensive police presence,” LAPD Officer Luis Garcia said.
The hypocrisy of surrounding themselves with hundreds of guns while advocating for the average citizen to be disarmed should serve as a wake-up call to those who support gun control.
The shallow speeches given by political blowhards and Hollywood insiders, designed to appeal to emotion only, do nothing to address any of the actual problems.
They do not mention what happens during and after the government attempts to remove guns from society. They also completely ignore the fact that criminals do not obey laws and making guns illegal would have zero effect on criminals possessing guns.
Ironically enough, those calling for taking guns from citizens are often times the ones most critical of police killings as well. How, exactly, they rationalize disarming the citizens and having only police, who kill far more people than gun owners, be the sole possessors of guns, is a mystery.
Indeed, Radley Balko sums up the mental gymnastics of both parties perfectly in regard to the distorted realities held as “truth.”
Red: "We need guns to protect us from the government. Also, it is unpatriotic to second-guess when armed government employees kill people."
Blue: "The government has a history of racism and oppression. Guns are instruments of death. Only government employees should have guns."
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) November 9, 2017
In the United States, the overall homicide rate is 4.9 per 100,000 among the citizens.
Thanks to independent watchdog groups like KilledByPolice.net, we have a total number of citizens killed by police. Last year, police killed 1,189 citizens. Given that America has roughly 765,000 sworn police officers, that means the police-against-citizen kill rate is more than 145 per 100,000.
The police kill rate is nearly 30 times that of the average citizen, yet somehow people still call for disarming citizens and say nothing about the police. And no, the citizens are not becoming more violent.
In fact, humanity is at its safest time in history—ever—and, in spite of the lunatic terrorists shooting up public places, violent crimes, as well as all crime, continues to drop, significantly.
The next time your friends try to tell you that citizens should be disarmed, tell them what that really means; they only want government, who has a history of racism and violence, who kill indiscriminately, with zero accountability, and far more often, to be the ones with guns.
Nice job Hollywood….
I’ll just leave this here… pic.twitter.com/b7LARfHiFP
— Jenna Jameson (@jennajameson) March 4, 2018
Courtesy of The Free Thought Project
Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.