Batman and Gun Control: Hollywood’s Selective Ideas on Gun Ownership

Hollywood and their pal, Barack Obama, seem to think that gun ownership is terrifying to reasonable to people. They seem to think that the only people who own guns or see any use for guns are crazy NRA fringe wackos.

I admit that I’m one of those NRA wackos, but the truth is that gun support is neither fringe, nor wacko and Hollywood’s own numbers show that to be the case. Let’s take a look at the top 25 grossing films of 2012. Of these 25 over half are action or adventure related, with plenty of violence from both the heroes and the villains even in children’s films, like Brave, the main character was a young girl with extreme skill with a bow and arrow…the precursor to the gun. We don’t consider these people to be “fringe” or “crazy”, they are heroes. Superheroes in many cases in fact.

Superheroes represent the best of us, what we should strive to be. As the preview for the new Man of Steel movie says “You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun.”

The second highest grossing film of the year was one of these superhero films (actually the #1 film was a superhero flick as well, but that’s not the point of this article) and the content of the film (and it’s prequels) along with the grisly opening night massacre in Aurora, Colorado made it central in the Hollywood rhetoric on gun control.

Anti-gun liberals were in love with the idea of the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy. Why? Because Batman doesn’t like guns obviously.

That’s about as far as their logic went. Batman won’t let Catwoman use guns, ergo he must be in favor of gun control and if a superhero is in favor of gun control then you must be a horrible person on par with a supervillain if you disagree. (actual argument  I had with a liberal, no joke.)

They fail to take into account the fact that Bruce Wayne has serious psychological issues with guns. After all, he did watch his parents get shot as a child and then there is also the scene in the first movie where Rachel Dawes tells Bruce that his father, someone that Bruce has very strong emotional ties to and respect for, would be “ashamed” of him for wanting to get revenge on Joe Chill with the gun that he later throws into the water at the docks.

Simply put, Batman has personal issues with handguns and guns in the hands of foolish people who are putting themselves into danger needlessly, such as the copycat vigilantes at the beginning of The Dark Knight. He does not have a personal problem with self-defense or violence however, with firearms, missiles, or grenades. Somehow I’m not getting a really true “anti-gun” vibe from this character.

(starting at 1:50 in that last clip)

Yeah, I’m seeing that Batman is a real paragon of nonviolence. He’s practically Gandhi!

What I’m getting from this “Batman is anti-gun, so you should be too” thing is mostly that I can’t own a handgun, but an aerial stealth vehicle or a motorcycle equipped with machine guns and missiles is 100% okay.

You know what? I’m okay with that. I’ll give you my handgun and you hand me a batpod and we’ll call it a fair trade.

Let’s see the cops try to pull me over for speeding then!

Plus the people seem to forget that while Batman and Bruce Wayne could defend themselves from knives, guns, ninja assassins, mob thugs, and large dogs with big teeth, the average person was not trained in the art of ninjutsu by a shadowy organization somewhere in in the frozen mountain topss of China/Tibet.

For those of us who don’t have the luxury of waiting for a billionaire in a fancy suit (or the cops) to show up and save us, guns are the best option for self-defense.

And for those that use an 8 second line from The Dark Knight Rises to prove that Batman doesn’t want his fans to own guns, well I have news for you. You missed the entire point of the third movie.

It was something that I pointed out in my review of The Dark Knight rises.

Anyone can be a hero, we might not have the same training as Batman, but we are just as capable of saving the world, our country, and our fellow human beings as Bruce Wayne was.

There is no reason we should believe that Batman, a man who performed technically illegal acts to do heroic things, has more authority to own a firearm than anyone else in this country.

Owning a gun is what Batman would want me to do.

Well he might prefer that I buy a tank, but I seem to have misplaced my Wayne Industries R&D department. The MeredithAncret Glock department will have to do for now.

As for me, I’m siding with the super sexy heroine that saves the dark knight’s life.


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