Unlike the NRA, which depends on its members for money and support, Michael Bloombger’s anti-gun rights mothership Everytown for Gun Safety depends on the oxygen of publicity provided by sympathetic journalists. To that end, Everytown hired/commissioned actress Julianne Moore to run its “Creative Council” in Hollywood. After publishing a polemic in the Lenny Letter — laden with Everytown’s misleading stats – Ms. Moore’s misleading message got plastered all over the net. Here’s her rationale for assuming the anti-gun rights mantle . . .
I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep the news [of the Sandy Hook spree killing] away from my daughter forever, but I didn’t want her to hear it accidentally. I figured I would tell her when we came home and her brother and father were there. I wanted to explain it and not scare her. But how was I going to tell my young daughter that children were massacred in their classrooms? How could I explain that level of atrocity? So I kept the radio off in the car, the TV off in the trailer. I asked hair and makeup, the crew, and the other actors not to mention it, and we got through the day.
And then we got home. She picked up her newly acquired phone, with her carefully considered and limited number of apps and her monitored Instagram account, and asked, “Mommy, did a bunch of little kids get shot today?”
At that moment, it felt ridiculous to me, and irresponsible as a parent and as a citizen, that I was not doing something to prevent gun violence. Simply keeping the news away from my child was putting my head in the sand. I wasn’t helping her, or anyone else, by doing that. So I decided to learn more. This is what I learned.
Ms. Moore’s “education” consisted entirely of Everytown talking points — which we’ve debunked here on countless occasions. Suffice it to say, this is an actress who repeatedly uses firearms in her films to save life. Which, I reckon, “inspired” her to dissemble and prevaricate on her support for civilian disarmament. Like this . . .
Where guns are concerned, it is not a good-guy-versus-bad-guy argument. It should not be a partisan argument. It should not be a pro-gun-versus-anti-gun argument. It is not an argument about our Constitution. The Second Amendment protects the right of a United States citizen to bear arms. But a gun is a machine. And if you choose to bear arms, you have a responsibility to bear them safely.
Would she like some syrup with that waffle? If so, Ms. Moore got plenty of it from all the usual media suspects. Here’s a sampling:
- The New York Daily News – Julianne Moore pushes for gun control after she couldn’t shield daughter from Sandy Hook massacre news
- People Magazine – Julianne Moore Makes an Emotional Plea for Gun Control: ‘I Don’t Ever Want to Explain Another Newtown to My Kids’
- Huffington Post – Julianne Moore Reveals How Sandy Hook Changed Her Views On Guns
- The Hollywood Reporter – Julianne Moore on Gun-Control Support: “I Don’t Ever Want to Have to Explain Another Newtown to My Kids”
And the rest.
All the coverage Ms. Moore’s getting is completely unwarranted. Not only is the 52-year-old actress’ career arc on the downslope, her message is old news, old hat, hypocritical and a rehash of Everytown talking points.
In some ways this is good news. It’s yet another indication of Everytown’s ADD; the Moore campaign demotes (and detracts from) Shannon Watts and her Everytown-owned Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, substituting an actress with precious little “juice” with mainstream America.
Moore may be basking in some late-career mainstream media attention, but as far as were concerned, her real accolade is TTAG’s Gun Zero of the Day award.