Reese Witherspoon’s not a lawyer. But she’s played one on film.
Witherspoon’s credits during her Tinseltown tenure include roles involving firearms and the legal profession. In real life, her gun control comments following the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse show she knows little about either. She managed to demonstrate Hollywood’s hypocrisy on personal security and gun rights upon which regular Americans revere and depend.
It didn’t take long for the armchair lawyering to begin after a jury unanimously determined Rittenhouse had acted in self-defense when he used a modern sporting rifle (MSR) to protect himself when he was attacked during the Kenosha riots last year. High profile celebrities, sports figures and even President Joe Biden had already rushed to judgement before the trial.
After the facts were methodically laid out to the jury (and on TV for the whole world to see), celebrities still repeated falsehoods about Rittenhouse and called his acquittal an injustice. The starring role in this made-for-television drama was played by Witherspoon.
“There was no justice,” Witherspoon tweeted. “This is a disgrace. No one should be able to purchase a semi-automatic weapon, cross state lines and kill 2 people, wound another and go free. In what world is this safe … for any of us?”
No one should be able to purchase a semi-automatic weapon, cross state lines and kill 2 people, wound another and go free. In what world is this safe … for any of us ?
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) November 20, 2021
Defense counsel proved that Rittenhouse did not, in fact, cross state lines with the MSR. PolitiFact even rated U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler’s (D-N.Y.) — the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee — tweet saying so as “false.”
Those facts, though, didn’t get in the way of Witherspoon’s anti-gun narrative. She even thanked national gun control groups.
“@MomsDemand @Everytown thank you for the work you do. It is vital,” Witherspoon said.
The two gun control orgs had already passed judgement on Rittenhouse, including falsely labeling him a “white supremacist.” Facts didn’t matter to Witherspoon, her elite Hollywood celebrity friends, or national gun control groups.
Neither Witherspoon, her A-list celebrity friends or her vaunted gun control groups acknowledged that three convicted felons attacked Rittenhouse, including lone survivor Gaige Grosskreutz, who illegally possessed and carried a handgun that night. He testified that he pointed it at Rittenhouse’s head just before he acted in self-defense.
Here In The Real World
Witherspoon and her Hollywood friends would do better directing their ire in their own backyard rather than halfway across the country at the Rittenhouse verdict. There are plenty of legitimate safety concerns in Hollywood and the rest of Los Angeles County.
In California, one of the strictest gun control states in America, residents concerned about their personal safety were just on the receiving end of a one-two punch by local authorities. Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon is under fire for a pattern of allowing violent criminals off easy, including announcing the release of a convicted murderer after only six years of a 50-year prison sentence. Witherspoon’s Twitter account was suspiciously silent on that matter.
Witherspoon was also silent on the subject of safety following the Los Angeles Police Department’s recent advice that victims of follow-home robberies should just “cooperate and comply” with criminals.
The Legally Blonde actress may have remained silent because to speak up would have revealed the plot twist in the script. She lives in one of Hollywood’s gated neighborhoods with armed private security. That’s a luxury unaffordable to the rest of America. Life’s different when your name’s in lights. Calling for gun control while being guarded by men with guns isn’t real life. It’s just another example of Hollywood’s gun control hypocrisy.
Real America’s Responds
Far away from the silver screens, in neighborhoods and communities across the country, law-abiding Americans have responded to the ongoing crime and violence of the past two years by taking ownership of their Second Amendment rights. Over 21 million background checks were conducted for a firearm purchase in 2020, including 8.4 million who did so for the first time, many of them women, African Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Pacific Islanders.
This year the pace is continuing, with nearly 15.7 million going into October and over 687,000 FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) verifications concluded including in the run-up to Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
The good news is law-abiding Americans aren’t listening to Hollywood actors and instead are exercising their Second Amendment right.
Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.