Chris “Starlord” Pratt is on the cover of this month’s Esquire magazine. According to the mag, “Pratt talks about his thirty- or forty-gun arsenal. He bought Faris [actress Anna Faris, Pratt’s wife, above] a gun in the event that crazy person comes to their house while he’s in Louisiana and necessitates her ‘blowing their f—— brains out.’ He tells me to print that, just in case Anna Faris’ and Esquire’s fan demographics overlap.” So, pro-gun? Not the way Esquire spins it . . .
It’s not all so primal — Pratt believes in firearm regulation, background checks, and preventing guns from falling into the hands of the mentally ill. He explains population control and hunting licenses and tags and the virtues of eating what you kill. It all makes sense, but it also feels kind of like when Dexter explains that he’s a good serial killer because his victims are rapists and murderers. Really, this guy just likes to kill s–t.
So even if you’re pro-universal background checks – assuming that’s what the writer meant – and always eat what you kill, you’re still inherently suspect if you’re a Hollywood star with a gun. Or 40.
But c’mon, don’t ALL Hollywood stars have guns, one way or another (i.e., armed security)? And doesn’t that make them the worst possible anti-gun hypocrites, because they have considerable influence over our culture, which eats pro-gun rights strategy for lunch? Then again . . .
These stars make movies with guns that make people want to own guns. So, are Hollywood celebs the worst gun hypocrites, or do we reserve that honor for gun-protected pols and non-entertainment pro-gun control billionaires?