New Planet of the Apes Movie Promotes Gun Control

“The ‘Apes’ franchise has always been a politically loaded one,”‘s review opines, “and this latest entry states its left-wing credo in ways both allegorically implicit and bluntly direct. (You’d have to be pretty obtuse to miss the pro-gun-control subtext attached to misdeeds on both sides of the man-monkey battle.)” We don’t have any more info on this angle, but we’re sure that our film reviewer Ralph will have something to say about that – both now and after July 9, when Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens nationwide. Watch this space, you damn dirty apes. [h/t DM]


Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow [SPOILERS APLENTY]


By Ralph

Here’s all you need to know about the “plot” of Tom Cruise’s newest sci-fi thriller, “Edge of Tomorrow:” It’s “Groundhog Day” with killer space aliens known as Mimics. Amazingly, it’s not a comedy. Of course, Tomorrow borrows liberally from yesterday, including sources other than Groundhog Day. Did I say borrows? I meant steals. There are, in no particular order of importance, the buff kickass hottie from “Terminator 2,” the mechanical battle suits from the book “Starship Troopers,” and a cross between the CGI aliens from “Attack the Block” and the arachnids from the movie “Starship Troopers.” Aaaaand, there’s more . . .

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P320 Entry: Hollywood’s Gun Problem



Hollywood has a problem. First, some context. I am not claiming, as some have, that Hollywood movies are somehow responsible for violence. What I am going to attempt to convey is how many outspoken anti-gun proponents among the Hollywood elite tend to believe they have influence over the unwashed masses until accusations of negative influence arise. After a number of violent murders in the past, we tend to hear individuals in Hollywood criticize “lax gun laws,” the NRA, and pro-gun politicians for not “doing something” to curb the violence . . .

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P320 Entry: A Gun-Lover’s Intro to Anime and Manga


By bigred2989

For a country with some of the strictest gun laws in the world, Japan’s people don’t seem to have a problem with its media showing gratuitous violence (and scantily clad high school girls) on a regular basis. Over the years many anime (cartoons for the layman) and manga (comics) have had stories and characters about gunslingers, cowboys, bounty hunters, mercenaries, and even the firearms themselves. Plenty of works exist to discuss aspects of war, with everything from the perspectives of solders on the battlefield to the political movements and operations of commanders and leaders . . .

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TTAG Hearts NRA Freestyle Media Lab

Is Dom Rasso’s neck bigger than my thigh? I think so maybe yes. But then my neck doesn’t need to be that big. I’m not taking head shots from experienced fighters or running around like my hair’s on fire. Actually, Dom doesn’t do the burning man thing. The SEAL assesses threats and reacts with carefully timed evasion and counter-attacks. Kinda like I do sitting at this damn desk all day, but in a physical way. OK, yes, I’m jealous. What a cool job: breaking down Hollywood action sequences, recreating them and explaining why the techniques do or don’t work. For you! I mean, who knew . . .

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Noir Episode 2: Have You Ever Looked at a Doorknob?

In my previous post on the debut of Noir, I compared the eponymous host with Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson. With Noir episode two, I’m changing my comparison. Colion Noir is the new Andy Rooney. For those of you younger than dirt, Andy Rooney was a commentator for CBS’ 60 Minutes. His segments were famous for their piercing glimpses into the obvious. Click here for a sample, or consider this, my humble attempt at a parody . . .

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OMG! Jay Z and Beyonce! With Guns! OMG!

Of all the guns-a-blazing, shoot-em-up movie trailers in the history of the cinema, Jay Z’s and Beyonce’s big budget effort is definitely among the most recent. While it’s undeniably star-studded and snazzily-produced, though, it’s really a non-movie trailer (hint: “coming never”), released yesterday to promote their upcoming ‘Run’ tour. But given all the vapors and pearl-clutching that followed other examples of ballistic prop usage, you have to think it’s only a matter of time before the disapproving tut-tuting and tsk-tsking begins in earnest, especially given their recent history of real-life violence. Who will be first to heap opprobrium on Mr. and Mrs. Carter for wanton gun glorification? Shannon? Dan Gross? Josh Sugarmann? The suspense is killing us.


The Script for the Video Colion Noir Should Have Done

Eric at Gunmart wrote a post [published by] providing “the long awaited, definitive list of what your carry ammo says about you.” Make the jump for the Cosmo-like run-down. Meanwhile, I’d just like to say that this is what was going on about when he pined for a Colion Noir video with some of the commentator’s previous insightful humor. The gauntlet has been thrown, Mr. Noir . . .

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Gear Review: Speakeasy Briefs

Speakeasy Image

This wasn’t actually going to become a TTAG post, but I was inspired by our IGOTD winner, Dallas Archer, who chose to conceal an NAA Mini-Revolver in a very private place on in her person. Rewind one year — almost to the day — and a new company called Speakeasy Briefs is generating funding on Kickstarter for their boxer briefs with a hidden (assuming you’re wearing pants) pocket on the front. Ideal for stashing a flask, wallet, passport, rolled up sock, “protection.” Ah…protection. I’m fairly certain Speakeasy meant condoms, but when I think “protection” I think of the ballistic sort . . .

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Question of the Day: Do You Like Spotting Gun Errors in Movies?


Last week I watched Killing Them Softly, which stars Brad Pitt as a hit man and it was about as enjoyable as some light water boarding. While I can’t get that hour-and-a-half of my life back, I did get a kick out of some firearms-related tidbits in the movie and one gun in particular absolutely cracked me up. Sometimes it’s annoying to recognize inconsistencies, mistakes, and Hollywood shortcuts, but sometimes it’s amusing. Right? . . .

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April Fools: SilencerCo Launches the “Wizard Staff”

I have to admit, the production values on SilencerCo’s April Fools’ prank this year are pretty good. They “announced” the Wizard Staff, a .22lr silencer that appears to be about four feet long and comes with an “eternal” warranty and has a list price of “22 thousand silver shekels.” While it’s true that the only way to increase the efficiency of a can is to increase either the diameter or the length, I get the feeling that this is just a hair excessive. Anyway, nicely done SilencerCo. And make sure you watch until the end!


BREAKING: Chris Christie Makes New Jersey “Shall Issue”

Chris Christie courtesy

In a move that’s being seen as an attempt to get his 2016 presidential campaign back on the rails, Chris Christie announced this morning that he will be using his gubernatorial powers to begin dismantling some of the firearms laws in New Jersey. The state has inched closer to the top of the pile of “gun unfriendly” locations since Illinois’ laws have been slowly whittled away by court rulings, but the new rules might change all that. Christie’s main focus seems to be on streamlining the system for obtaining handgun licenses, which those in New Jersey are required to obtain for every handgun they purchase. He has also announced that he will be instructing the law enforcement agencies in the state to begin operating on a “shall issue” basis for all new concealed carry permits . . .

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