More Gun Violence for Hollywood as Movie Studio Buys Gun Offset Credits

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Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- In 2014, Hollywood movie mogul and fierce NRA critic Harvey Weinstein appeared to acknowledge the movie industry might be able to have a positive impact by reducing its glorification of criminal violence. Weinstein explained,

I have to choose movies that aren’t violent or as violent as they used to be… I know for me personally … I can’t continue to do that. The change starts here. It has already. For me, I can’t do it. I can’t make one movie and say this is what I want for my kids and then just go out and be a hypocrite.

To his credit, Weinstein eventually made good on his promise. Following a widely reported sexual harassment scandal, in 2018 The Weinstein Company declared bankruptcy.

In the meantime, the rest of Hollywood has picked up the slack by continuing to churn out depictions of graphic violence. As Weinstein knew, the glorification of violence sells. So one enterprising film company sought to develop a way to quell their moral pangs while continuing the on-screen carnage.

According to an October 25 press release, startup studio Level Forward (a partnership between gun control activist and Disney heiress Abigail Disney and Killer Content) will now only produce content that is “gun neutral.”

The press release explained,

For each prop gun that appears in a production, financiers and producers will add a “GUN NEUTRAL” budget line item to cover the cost of destroying real-world guns and to invest in community-based arts programs targeting youth in the most gun violence-ridden communities. An average of $15 per prop gun will be charged.

As part of the program, Level Forward has pledged the money to destroy 10 guns for every prop gun that appears in one of their productions. And Level Forward does not appear to be toning down the on-screen violence due to budgetary concerns. In its first three Gun Neutral films, 166 prop firearms were used, resulting in a pledge to destroy 1,660 real firearms.

The Gun Neutral concept will remind some of carbon offsets. Carbon offset policy attempts to apply market forces to reduce carbon emissions and can be government mandated or voluntary. In the U.S. in the mid-2000s it became fashionable for elites to purchase carbon offsets to repent for their jet setting high-consumption lifestyles. Critics charged that this hypocritical approach to environmentalism was akin to the medieval practice of buying indulgences for sins.

However, perhaps a comparison to the medieval Catholic Church isn’t fair to the church in this instance.

In order to carry out the Gun Neutral program, Level Forward has partnered with the group One Less Gun. On the One Less Guns website, visitors are told that for a donation of £5 (about $6.50) they too can assure one gun is destroyed. At an average of $15 per prop gun, Level Forward appears to be paying $1.50 per gun purported to be destroyed.

We’re not sure if the Catholic Church ever offered a bulk rate on indulgences.


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    Whodaty
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    Whodaty

    And here I thought I’d been asleep until April 1st 2019…..

    Joseph P Martin
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    Joseph P Martin

    LOL! Typical Hollywood. All show and no substance.

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    Where do these morons come up with this off the wall stuff. Weinstein is a pedafile and no one thinks he is credible anymore, along with most of the holleywierd elites. Ignorance is their strong suit.

    Mart3
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    Mart3

    Guess Weinstein is trying standup comedy……

    JP
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    JP

    Well, let’s see now. 10 real guns for every one “prop” gun they use in a movie. Starting with whose guns first? I think it would give real credibility to their idea if they started with ALL of the guns/weapons that ALL of the Hollywood (so called) “elites” have as well as ALL of their Security personnel. Then move on to ALL the State and Local Politicians next, and so on up the line. Then leave us poor old Deplorables till last. After all, we’re the ones who actually need the protection from all the wack jobs those Hollywood “elites”… Read more »

    2WarAbnVet
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    2WarAbnVet

    Ho hum, just more crazy s*** from Hollywood.

    Randall Heyden
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    Randall Heyden

    Even screaming no thanks is not going to help unless we quit going to their movies.
    Watched a movie yesterday(Red Box}, Strong violence etc.
    Movie was made off shore and had a majority of foreign actors. I assume that is the new way of actor protesting violence and still getting the big salary. Why don’t we just not patronize the hypocrites and see how things go.
    Funny how the perves of Hollywood continue to thrive while their victims wait for a justice that will never come

    Joe
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    Joe

    Maybe they will buy new guns to destroy thereby supporting the gun manufacturers. The fact that their movies will still contain gun violence, which many feel encourages young people to have a cavalier attitude about guns, gun violence and the damage real guns can do in real life, will continue. Personally, I suspect that violent video games, and violence in movies do mislead young minds into believing that when something is shot, at the end of the video or movie everything goes back to square one and all is well with the shotee, and there are no repercussions for the… Read more »

    Mark
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    Mark

    Yeah. We’re going to listen to a perverted sex offender who has raped how many women, men and children. Yeah…..right….. We’re going to listen to Hollywood that has corrupted the minds of children growing up to believe homosexuality and transgenders are normal? We’re going to listen to an industry that has traded its soul for the sake of “entertainment”? An industry glorifying weapons, death, satanism, witchcraft and the rest of the insanity in the world? An industry and media given over to the communists when we now know McCarthy was right?
    No thanks.

    Jerry S.
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    Jerry S.

    Damn man, you said it 100%.

    Rick
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    Rick

    Yup, community based art programs should fix up inner cities in a jiffy.

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    I thought the solution was determined to be “Midnight Basketball.”