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Owning or carrying firearms does not make celebrities ‘pro-gun’

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“Armed and liberal: Left-leaning celebrities who are pro-gun,” the headline for a slideshow posted at The Washington Times claims. And leading off the A-Listers is Angelina Jolie, whom the caption informs us, is “waving as she leaves the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon.”

And what was she doing there? She’s a United Nations Special Envoy. Disregarding for a moment her admirable desire to help refugee children, she’s a representative of a would-be world government that is at the forefront of international citizen disarmament/government monopoly of violence efforts. And while she’s getting props from some gun rights advocates for a 2008 Daily Mail interview when she admitted “I've got my ‘Tomb Raider’ guns -- and I'm not afraid to use them ... If anybody comes into my home and tries to hurt my kids, I've no problem shooting them,” anyone who thinks her UN handlers are OK with non-elites having “'Tomb Raider’ guns” is ignoring the obvious.

Next up in the gallery of gun stars is Jolie’s partner, Brad Pitt, who also got kudos from gun rights activists for admitting “America is a country founded on guns. It's in our DNA. It's very strange but I feel better having a gun. I really do. I don't feel safe, I don't feel the house is completely safe, if I don't have one hidden somewhere.” The problem with that is Pitt is also a committed supporter of “the most anti-gun president ever to occupy the Oval Office.”

The same contradictions could be pointed out for the rest of the featured stars. Whoopi Goldberg claims to be an NRA member and in the same breath endorses registration. Robert De Niro has an almost-impossible to get (for ordinary citizens) New York City concealed carry permit, which makes it easy for him to embrace “change we can believe in.”

Ditto for Johnny Depp, who Celebuzz! tells us is “a real life gunslinger,” and who plans to “take [his] kids out for target practice,” but who sees no disconnect in helping host lavish parties at the White House. Then there are (or were) Marc Anthony and J-Lo, the former licensed to carry where you need not even try to apply -- because you’d have as good a chance of getting a permit as of getting on the Obama Super Bowl party list.

Why Christian Slater is included is unclear, as the Clinton-supporting actor’s most publicized affiliation with guns was for being charged with criminal possession at New York’s JFK Airport, making him exactly the type of “gun criminal” the Everytown folks say they want to go after. And as for Alexis Stewart and her elite NYC carry permit, it’s unclear what precautions she’ll be required to take to make certain her gun is never accessible to her prohibited person (for Obama) mother Martha. What is clear is she doesn't "think people should be allowed to have guns in America," and will happily give hers up once they're banned!

The fact is, the celebrities in the slideshow exemplify “I’ve got mine” while their conduct undermines the rights of everyone else. “Pro-gun” must mean “pro-right to keep and bear arms,” or it will become just another term co-opted by the “progressives,” which itself is a word that, in practice, results in the opposite of what it promises. The Washington Times, which has done superlative reporting on gun laws and the disparity between the ways they're enforced based on a person's lot in life, should know that better than most.

Because if having or carrying them are the only criteria, Michael Bloomberg surrounds himself all the time with “pro-gunners,” and can count himself among their staunchest supporters.

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