“Bloody Reel” by Author Tom Diaz Documents NRA’s Exploitation of Guns in Films. A report issued today by author and gun industry expert Tom Diaz shoots down NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre’s recent attack on violence in films and games.
Bloody Reel: How The National Rifle Association And The Gun Industry Exploit Violent Movies To Sell Guns...And More Guns, documents in detail how the National Rifle Association and the gun industry it represents have promoted the use of guns in movies and exploited many of the very movies LaPierre recently attacked as the cause of gun violence in America.
On Friday, December 21, 2012 LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s chief executive, blasted the movie industry in a press conference, pointing to what he called “blood-soaked films out there” and exclaiming, “Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?”
“If violent movies are filthy pornography, Wayne LaPierre is the king of filthy porno,” said Diaz, author of two books on the gun industry. “For over 10 years, the NRA—through its National Firearms Museum, its websites, and its media outlets—has glorified the use of guns in some of the most brutally violent films ever made. The gun industry the NRA represents exploits violent movies for one reason: to sell guns.”
Bloody Reel describes two special exhibits on Hollywood guns that the NRA has mounted at its National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA. The report also recounts how former movie critic Stephen Hunter – who wrote the introduction to the NRA brochure for its current exhibit, “Hollywood Guns” – dismissed the effects of violence in movies in his own book, and suggested that violent movies head off violence.
“Wayne LaPierre obviously never visits his own porno-packed museum,” Diaz said. “He also seems not to have a clue that of one his favorite scriveners has in the past scoffed at the violent-movies-make-them-do-it excuse the NRA is peddling as the cause of gun violence in America.”
The new report can be read and downloaded in PDF format at Diaz’s blog, Fairly Civil, http://tomdiazgunsandgangs.com/.
Diaz is the author of the forthcoming The Last Gun: How Changes in the Gun Industry Are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It (The New Press, Spring 2013) and Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America (The New Press, 1999). He also wrote No Boundaries: Transnational Latino Gangs and American Law Enforcement (The University of Michigan Press, 2009), and Lighting Out of Lebanon: Hezbollah Terrorists on American Soil (With Barbara Newman) (Random House, 2006).
Diaz has appeared on media including CNN, 60 Minutes, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR and contributed to stories in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.