The fight to extend and defend Americans’ constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is a sub-set of a larger culture war. If civilian disarmament advocates make guns socially unacceptable — a goal Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledged back in the day — they will be able to do, well, what they’re doing (e.g., New York’s ironically-named SAFE ACT). There’s one big problem with this anti-gun cultural campaign: guns. People love ’em. Firearms-based entertainment is big business. Gun games and movies generate tens of billions of dollars. Which creates a major disconnect for the liberal owners of the distribution channels. To wit . . .
“We no longer accept ads showing semiautomatic weapons and guns pointed at people,” Time Warner Cable said in a statement. “We stand by this policy. If it’s essential to a business owner to show this kind of imagery in their commercials, there are other advertising options in the marketplace.”
But it’s OK to show movies and TV shows with guns pointed at people. Maybe, I dunno, shooting one another. As John Davidson would say, that’s incredible!