Hollywood is a magical place. It is an outpost of imagination and creativity. A world of wonders and creation.
But at the same time, it is a “paradise” without morals or principles. Hollywood is a cesspool of people who crave the limelight and who self-righteously analyze the world of politics. The problem is that most celebrities who wade into the world of politics tread not in a pool, but in the swamp.
What I mean by that is that there is no clarity because there is no moral compass.
Take for example, the not-so-funny Chelsea Handler. In a recent article in The Hollywood Reporter, Ms. Handler made some astonishingly dumb remarks with regard to gun owners. HR asked her:
There have been so many gun-related tragedies in the U.S., from the Pulse nightclub shooting to Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, San Bernardino, Columbine, and the list goes on. Was there a particular tragedy that shook you the most? Or one that propelled your activism?
Columbine was the first one. … I couldn’t believe it. It struck me. But it's not about one incident. It’s about the gun lobbies, the people who — you know, it’s all about money in people’s pockets — the people who argue this and say, "We want our rights to guns." Nobody is trying to take away your guns. If you want to go shoot, you know, whatever, in the woods, that’s fine, but it’s a hobby. If your hobby is [affecting] innocent people being killed all the time, children included, don't you think you should reconsider the lack of restrictions placed on your hobby?
Hold on just one moment, Ms. Handler. Hobby? Owning a gun is a hobby? I would like to take the time to respond to this ludicrous statement by one of Hollywood’s “funny” gals.
Ms. Handler, in the United States of America, we have something called “rights.” The right to free speech and freedom of the press are two (which is why you get to say stupid things and no one can throw you in jail). The right to keep and bear arms is another. Those are what we call rights.
But what, Ms. Handler, is a right? “A moral, ethical, or legal principle considered as an underlying cause of truth, justice, morality, or ethics.”
The problem with that definition is that it’s lost on liberal Hollywood. They do not understand what a right is because they lack morals.
Further, the Second Amendment is not about putting money in people’s pockets. It’s about giving Americans the ability to defend themselves against enemies of our great country, whether foreign or domestic. Yes, the gun lobby is powerful and that is because they have the backing of millions of Americans who value life. Accidents happen, but so do mental illness, robbers, murders, and terrorism. We need firearms to defend ourselves against any threat.
If you disagree, stop using security at all of your shows. We give the gun lobby our money to make sure our rights are protected. And they are rights. Self-defense or self-preservation is a right from God.
Furthermore, Ms. Handler, the Second Amendment is not a hobby but a way of life. It is more than “If you want to go shoot, you know, whatever, in the woods.” It is hunting to provide food for our families. It is strapping a firearm to your waist to ensure that a person can protect those they love. It is building memories with your family by teaching your children a practical ability rather than having them glued to a television watching your “comedy.” It is far more than shooting in the woods. It is far more than giving money to lobbyists.
It is a right that has protected your right to say something funny, stupid, mean, or smart.
Let me be clear. My passion for firearms and the Second Amendment is in no way hurting anyone. So, I ask you: How is my love for firearms harming anyone innocent? What restrictions are you referring to when you ask gun owners across the country to “reconsider the lack of restrictions placed on your hobby?” You say it’s not about one incident but about the gun lobbies. Have you ever considered that the NRA, for example, is made up of over five million people who donate their hard-earned money so their rights are protected?
How can you lecture the American public, the ones that own firearms, that we do not care about human life, when you yourself have admitted to aborting two babies? Hypocritical much?
Which brings me to my conclusion.
Hollywood loves to lecture Americans that our rights are mere child’s play. Hobbies. That our rights are not really rights because we do not agree with their way of thinking. Why don’t they understand that the Second Amendment is a right from God that “shall not be infringed”?
Because Hollywood liberals do not care for human life. They claim they do. Just as they claim they are for climate change but travel the world on yachts and private jets. The fact is they just don’t have a true moral compass. Anyone who truly believes in the gift of life would never believe that our rights of gun ownership are a mere hobby.
Unless of course, you are a Hollywood elitist.
Yehuda Remer is the author of the Amazon bestseller Safety On: An introduction to the world of firearms for children. You can follow him on twitter at @YehudaRemer