“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,” nbcnews.com 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.
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.