UK Artist to Filmmakers: Show A Gun, Destroy a Gun (Scorsese’s In!)

""Toy Gun" by Carl McCrow. The weapon was removed from the Democratic Republic of Congo and decommissioned before being painted with toy company branding. It is priced at £75,000 (around $118,000)." (text and photo courtesy

“British artist Carl McCrow is asking the world’s most successful filmmakers to make an unambiguous pledge: For every gun that appears in their movies, he wants them to destroy a real one,” reports. “His first taker? “Tomorrow,” a film executive produced by Oscar winner Martin Scorsese that will be released later this year and follows soldiers trying to reintegrate into society after returning from combat.” Yes, you’re right. This is the dumbest anti-gun agitprop ever conceived. Which is kinda cool. You know; if McCrow is goofing on the anti-gunners. And you know what? He just might be. Check this out . . .

“The simple fact is that there are too many guns and they ruin people’s lives every day,” McCrow told NBC News. “Long after these wars are over, these guns can keep working for decades. That’s a lot of people they can potentially kill in that time.”

OK, maybe not that bit. Try this instead:

“I hate hypocrites, but then I think, ‘God you’re one of the biggest of them,” he said. “Recognizing that most of us have a conflicted relationship with guns was the first step for me.”

Asking directors to destroy one gun for every firearm that appears in their films is McCrow’s way of attempting to offset his enjoyment of violence in entertainment — a “guilty pleasure” he shares with much of the population.

He said the idea takes inspiration from carbon offsetting schemes, in which people plant trees or invest in other environment projects to counteract their own carbon footprint.

Hmmm. Not buying it. But Martin Scorsese has. As NBC revealed, the director responsible for one of the most violent firearms-inclusive movies ever made – Goodfellas – is in like Flynn. At least it won’t cost him much – unlike anyone who wants to buy one of McCrow’s art pieces.

646 by Carl McCrow (courtesy

The gun at the very top of this post – allegedly “removed from the Democratic Republic of Congo and decommissioned before being painted with toy company branding” – is priced at around $100,000. The bullet case art directly above – 646 (for the number of cartridges used) is priced at just under $30,000. That said . . .

You know what something is worth? Exactly what someone will pay for it. You know what McCrow’s “film a gun, destroy a gun” anti-gun agitprop is worth? Neither do I, but it ain’t much.


  1. avatar mike says:

    I wonder if he got the toy companies permission before using their logo.

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      A one-off use of a brand’s image or logo is generally considerable permissible as an artistic exception.

    2. avatar Mark says:

      I was thinking the same thing. I’d have my lawyers go full tilt on the trademark violations. After all, Mattel and Fisher-Price are here for the children.

  2. avatar Jody says:

    Sounds to me like he could take next years title of gun salesman of the year if this works out.

  3. avatar FedUp says:

    I’m willing to shove a stainless 1911 up McCrow’s ass and leave it there until it rusts away.

    Will that satisfy his need for me to destroy a gun?

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      Oh god, the coffee…. it’s everywhere.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        The ones that sneak up like that are the worst…


    2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:


  4. avatar Biff Baxter says:

    But it makes them all feel so good for doing it.

    And after all, isn’t it about “feelings”?

  5. avatar Gurney Halleck says:

    He does know that the gun manufacturers are going to build more, right? Does he think there is a finite number of guns that can be made?

    1. avatar Chris. says:

      That was might thought too:

      “Go ahead — we’ll make more.”

    2. avatar Bill Kohnke says:

      Quite right, the more guns that are destroyed. the more guns that will be made to replace them. That means more profits for gun manufacturers and distributors. Hmm, kind of makes you wonder if they and the NRA aren’t secretly supporting this whole scheme. Or as Burr Rabbit said, “Please don’t throw me in that brier patch”.

    3. avatar JasonM says:

      That’s why it’s a great idea. People buying and destroying guns will create more jobs in the gun industry, creating more pro-gun voters (who wants to ban his own job?–nobody). It will also create a surplus of refined metals, meaning the gun industry can buy those metals to make…more guns!
      Effectively, it’s just funneling money from stupid people to the gun industry. Yay!

    4. avatar Pete says:

      Yeah, as long as the guns are acquired honestly this will fuel the industry. I hope they don’t iconoclast any pieces of history, but that would cost more, and probably not look as dramatic as sacrificing a modern sporting rifle so I’m not too worried.

  6. avatar Vhyrus says:

    How exactly are these people planning on destroying a gun? Are they going to go out and buy them new from gun stores? Are they going to steal them from people’s houses? And are they going to destroy them themselves or simply turn them in to the police? Inquiring minds want to know.

    1. avatar Gbo says:

      They’ll buy the illegal assault weapons using the gun show loophole from straw men without going through a universal background check. Those are the ones they’ll destroy. They’ll probably want to buy some high capacity clips and destroy those too…

    2. avatar Sean says:

      well if they plan to steal guns you can start at my house…because I’ll end your crusade just as fast as it began

    3. avatar Mark says:

      “…Are they going to go out and buy them new from gun stores? Are they going to steal them from people’s houses? …”

      Perhaps Fast and Furious 2?………Executive producer: U.S. ATF.

    4. avatar WedelJ says:

      I’m going to open up a “no-questions-asked” movie-maker-only gun drop off point, where I’ll take possession of the weapons in question and make sure they , uh… stay off the street.

      Yeah, that.

  7. avatar dph says:

    I’m going to try and destroy mine by shooting them so much the rifling wears out.

  8. avatar Chris says:

    Maybe I read this wrong but I want to do arts and crafts. That bullet case art is really neat.

    1. avatar Tom says:

      Me too. My first thought was that it would be better with steel cased cartridges. I’m sure I could make one for a lot less than $30k!

    2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Agreed. I want to make one now. To hang out in the shop. That’s cool

  9. avatar LarryinTX says:

    Why not just buy one and give it to me? Almost the same thing!

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Why not just buy one and give it to me?”

      No, me!

      And then, the oral (mumble)…

      (I hear the Castle Anthrax is lovely this time of year…)

      1. avatar JSJ says:

        Look, let me go back in there and face the peril!

  10. avatar Hank says:

    Meh. It really is like carbon offsets: nothing but meaningless limousine liberal theater.

  11. avatar the ruester says:

    It makes a weird kind of sense, like how watching a greenpeace rally makes me want to club a seal.

  12. avatar Serge says:

    You know, I have a lot of brass in my closet and I sure could use an extra 30k. Maybe I should get into the art business.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      It’s tough to make the BIG money in the art world unless you’re able to comfortably fit your head in your anal cavity.

  13. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    Watch them just bend a barrel on an AR or AK and jump around all excited, congratulating each other and giving high fives while tossing it into a dumpster. Then I’ll come around and rescue it and put a new barrel on it.

    1. avatar jon in wa says:

      Aw man, rescue guns make great companions after they learn to trust you. Brings a tear to my eye :’)

  14. avatar Galtha58 says:

    Probably feels guilty for making so many violent films with people poking realistic looking holes in each other with guns. Now he wants to make up for it by influencing others to destroy some guns. His motives seem pretty obvious. Made a LOT of money from promoting violence in his films and then soothes his conscience with this ploy. What will the Hollywierd folks come up with next ?

  15. avatar mma says:

    The bullet ak is badass thats all I know.

  16. avatar FedUp says:

    New flash: McCrow invests in southern California Hi-Point dealer.

  17. avatar Chris says:

    $30,000!!!! OMG, I should’ve picked up my brass. Sadface… 🙁

  18. avatar BDub says:

    So he is demonstrating that not only does he not understand guns, he also doesn’t understand markets.

    1. avatar WedelJ says:

      A big time movie maker doesn’t understand how the real world works? WHAAAAAA?

  19. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Gee Marty make millions off guns and vio-lence. Then make a “pledge”…I’ll watch Goodfellas and Denzel murder in broad daylight in your honor. BTW the “art” is cool…

  20. avatar Rusty Chains says:

    OK, being as I am a small time movie maker and only have the tiniest budget, I will go as far as I can go with this. I promise to reduce to scrap metal every fired steel or berdan cartridge case I own. Because I am a generous film maker I am willing to accept for one at a time scrap reduction any such ammunition and will start filming the destruction of such ammo on receipt of the first case lot of it.

    Please note, due to my dedication to this project I have already started the one at a time reduction to scrap having emptied just this last Friday over 80 of those 7.62x54r cartridges from Russia. Wish me luck comrades I have almost 380 more to go from that tin can, but I will valiantly continue on.*

    * for the children!

  21. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    Interesting to see some godless anti gunners adopt the same tactics of Christians who thought smashing LP records of the Beatles or KISS would bring peace to the world.

    Personally I follow the teachings of jews for the preservation of firearms ownership and the black christian Deacons for Defense and Justice. A little bit of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense also helps. I have created my own art to reflect this. my art will not be in a museum.

  22. avatar Bob says:

    So are they planning the same for knives, swords, bats, sticks, hands-n-feet, etc, etc…?

    It’s not the tools, it’s man that’s the problem here. It’s like saying that Jesus was crucified because of hammers, nails, and saws.

  23. avatar NDS says:

    My only takeaway from this is I gotta start making some gun art, damn.

  24. avatar LS/HD says:

    To the extent he is “goofing” anyone, it is the dope who considers paying “art” prices for summer-camp-level craft. Getting mentioned in the same sentence with Scorsese just adds some third-party credibility to the whole charade, increasing the chances said dope will pull the trigger.

    The artist is all in on disarmament, make no mistake about it. He is just lucky that ten more people know his name today because Scorsese figured he’d also pick up a little free publicity at the same time.

  25. avatar Paelorian says:

    If I was one of “the world’s most successful filmmakers”, I’d announce today that for every gun that appears in my next movie, I’ll buy and donate a gun to National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America fundraising raffles.

  26. avatar Ralph says:

    Film a gun, destroy a gun, buy another gun to replace the one you destroyed. Win-win-win!

  27. avatar BPCoop19 says:

    $30,000 for bullet casing art?!…I need to go to the range, BRB.

  28. avatar neiowa says:

    And in further news, Scorsese vows one full scholarship to a nunny for a deserving girl for each young lady defiled in one of his productions.

  29. avatar Icabod says:

    Brings to mind the original “A Team,” “Adventures of Briso County,” and a silly series of time traveling Cowboys. Lots of shooting, few bodies. Sort of a “kinder, gentler” depiction of violence.
    It backfired when “Brisco” was rated the most violent show on TV! The raters viewed ONE show and based their ratings on it. Worse, the show had a boxing match that earned the most violence points. Thing is, you never saw the fight. The supposed violence was the sound of a bell.

  30. avatar Icabod says:

    “In some parts of the world, an AK-47 can be purchased for as little as $10. In most places, one can be bought for $100 – $300, depending upon the level of hostilities in the area. Generally, the more conflict, the higher the price.”

    That’s not ever budget dust in a multimillion dollar movie

  31. avatar DaveL says:

    This is not like planting trees to offset your carbon emissions. This is more like saying “for every ton of coal I burn, I’m going to buy another ton and just bury it. “

  32. avatar Ing says:

    His “moral offset” scheme sounds a lot like the way members of the nobility used to be able to purchase indulgences from the Catholic church. I wonder how long it’ll take him to work up to justifying murder in terms of the number of guns you’ll have to destroy to cleanse your soul.

  33. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    Liberal Hollyweird film makers make tons of money with guns in their films. The more gore, the more $$$. All lip service. The Hollyweird executives love guns more than people who are present at an NRA convention.
    Guns for me, but none for thee.

  34. avatar Sean says:

    I prefer artists that can take something useless and make it useful, not the ones that take something useful and make it useless…gotta fight the entropy and all that.

  35. avatar Dustin says:

    For every gun they destroy, I’ll make 10 “Ghost Guns” with the CnC shop that fits in my shed…

    The War on Objects meets the War on Reality meets the War on Human Rights… These people are so f*cked in the head there’s no word for it…

  36. avatar Dustin says:

    I just realized: I have the crappiest youtube channel known to man, and it STILL pays me enough to counteract this crap, lols!

  37. I hate hypocrites, but then I think, ‘God you’re one of the biggest of them, he said. Asking directors to destroy one gun for every firearm that appears in their films is McCrow’s way of attempting to offset his enjoyment of violence in entertainment — a guilty pleasure he shares with much of the population.

  38. avatar LordGopu says:

    So this would be like trying to eat all the food in the world. Cuz you know, it’s not like farmers grow more when supply goes down.

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