As you no doubt know, Sony Pictures Entertainment pulled the release of The Interview after North Korean hackers threatened to murder movie-goers. “The world will be full of fear [if you release the picture]. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.” I’ve got one word for the Sony execs . . .
I know, I know…TTAG bans swears from the comments section. I’m also aware that Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America have labeled me a misogynist; trotting-out the P word will not help my rep or that of The People of the Gun. But I make the rules, I break the rules. I’m livid that Sony suits caved to foreign terrorists.
[Note: this threat was not an attack on Americans’ First Amendment right to free speech. The First Amendment prohibits our government from passing laws infringing citizens’ free speech, not North Korea. Besides, the hackers didn’t enact a law. They made a credible threat of mass murder against the populace of the United States. As such it’s an act of terrorism.]
Here’s the gun bit . . .
When James Holmes shot and killed 12 people in a Century theater in Aurora, Colorado, Americans continued to go to the movies. Many movie-goers did so thinking “well, it won’t happen to me.” Many did so after resolving to not let the threat of crazies or terrorists deter them from their normal daily life. Many of those were gun owners – who then ignored the “gun free zone” rules adopted by Century and most cinema chains.
In other words, after the Aurora massacre, a large number of American gun owners tooled-up and got on with it. They took a stand against the bad guys, just like they always do.
I’d bet dollars to donut that thousands of gun owners – and thousands of non-gun owners – would attend a screening of The Interview just to show the North Korean terrorists that a free people will not be intimidated by a foreign power. That they won’t let a terrorist state call the shots in The Land of the Free and The Home of the Brave. You did catch that last part, didn’t you Sony? Home of the Brave?
Again, I’m not saying that non-gun owners aren’t brave Americans. But I am saying that there’s a higher percentage of genuine American patriots amongst gun owner than non-gun owners. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing. Anyway, is it a coincidence that Sony Pictures – the company that cratered to the North Koreans – is based in a “gun-free zone”? I think not. [h/t DN]