Every now and then someone in Hollywood (a serious Leftist stronghold) says something worth listening to.
This time it’s Kurt Russell.
In an interview for Hollywood Elsewhere, Russell struck down the grandiose intellectualism of a reporter with simple, blunt facts about the necessity of guns against an enemy bent on killing people.
Here’s the transcript:
Wells: The Quentin cult, if you will, is, like, 23 years old, starting with Reservoir Dogs…right? Violence as attitude, violence as style, violence as fashion…not dealt with in an earnest, realistic way. The swagger thing.
Wells: And I was looking in the N.Y. Times this morning and this guy interviewed several people in the country in the Midwest and West. And with almost everybody out there, he reported, there’s a feeling of anxiety in the culture…when’s the next one
Russell: So how do you connect the dots?
Wells: I think there’s a feeling about shootings and violence right now…I think it’s different in 2015 than it was in the mid ’90s. But Quentin is still playing the same game more or less.
Russell: Well, Quentin does what he does. He’s painting a picture, writing, telling a story…like a filmmaker. But to mix and match reality with fantasy is something I don’t understand but that’s just me. I think we should understand the difference. To mix today’s politics with, in this case, a tale about, uh, a fictional tale about the Civil War…
Wells: I’m not talking about politics. I’m talking about a ground-level, water-table…a feeling in people’s bones. People are genuinely…between Paris and San Bernardino the idea of sudden violence becoming a normal, day-to-day aspect coming from the gun culture and everything else…it’s a different vibe, you know?
Russell: I don’t understand concepts of conversation [about] the gun culture. We’ve lived with guns since, what, the 7th Century or something? I don’t know.
Wells: Well, I think we all know…guns are a trope. Not a trope but a totem, a metaphor that disenfranchised white guys need…it makes them feel good about themselves.
Russell: You can say what you want. I don’t agree with that. It’s not my thing.
Wells: Well, it’s statistically irrefutable.
Russell: If you think gun control is going to change the terrorists’ point of view, I think you’re, like, out of your mind. I think anybody [who says that] is. I think it’s absolutely insane. The problem, the problem that we’re having right now to turn it around…you may think you’ve got me worried about you’re gonna do? Dude, you’re about to find out what I’m gonna do, and that’s gonna worry you a lot more. And that‘s what we need. That will change the concept of gun culture, as you call it, to something [like] reality. Which is, if I’m a hockey team and I’ve got some guy bearing down on me as a goal tender, I’m not concerned about what he’s gonna do — I’m gonna make him concerned about what I’m gonna do…
Wells: I get that.
Russell: To stop him. That‘s when things change. [Tries to steer conversation back to the usual-usual, western genre, what Quentin does, asking the question, themes explored.] So what has that got to do with movies? Nothing! Movies are movies. They’re like a painting, like a song, like a book…he’s doing his Quentin Tarantino world, which I think belongs on film. I don’t think it has anything to do with anything outside of film. The music, the manipulation of the screenplay. So I can’t connect the dots. It really is hard for me to connect the dots.
Wells: Obama’s point was that the guys on the no-fly list, [there] for good reason because of terrorist connections or suspicions…they can get hold of a gun pretty easily.
Russell: They can also make a bomb pretty easily. So what? They can also get knives and stab you. Whaddaya gonna do about that? They can also get cars and run you over. Whaddaya gonna do about that?
Wells: They didn’t kill the people in San Bernardino with cars.
Russell: But they’ve killed others that way, haven’t they? Yeah, yeah. Whaddaya gonna do? Outlaw everything? That isn’t the answer.
Wells: Just put some controls…
Russell: Put some controls? What, so the people, so the people who want to defend themselves can’t?
Wells: No, not so you can’t, just so the idiots can’t get hold of them [so easily], that’s all.
Russell: You really believe they’re not going to? Are you serious about that? What good will that…? Oh my God. You and I just disagree.
Russell: You and I just disagree. I understand that you think you can control the behavior of people that are dead set on taking your way of life away from you. You think you can control that? And there’s only one thing you can do with that. And that’s [to say} ‘No, dude, that’s not gonna happen. That’s just not gonna happen.’
Interestingly, Wells seems to think that because he was calm during the interview, that somehow it translates as a victory for his pompous, postmodernist pop-psychology rhetoric.
Sadly, only someone so sheltered by history’s hard won freedoms could make such an ignorant claim as:
Well, I think we all know…guns are a trope. Not a trope but a totem, a metaphor that disenfranchised white guys need…it makes them feel good about themselves.
But that’s the Left for you.
They see themselves as the source of all reason and that if only everyone is forced into their ideology, the world will become a peaceful utopia.
These types aren’t out fighting in the mud to keep their country safe from the likes of the Nazis, Communists and Muslims but rather coddled up in the universities and ivory towers impressing themselves with philosophies that teach them it’s okay to murder children in the womb because it makes life more convenient. That and spitting on war veterans while sleeping around and doing drugs because “Peace, man!”
It’s also interesting to note Wells’ racism against white people – the only ethnicity it is okay to make grand, sweeping criticisms of.
An apt comparison here is with the approaches of Winston Churchill and Neville Chamberlain in the face of an enemy intent on war. Wells, like Chamberlain, can talk the talk for a season and be favoured but in the end, it will be Russell whose words will be proven accurate, much like Churchill.
Wells thinks his “guns are a trope” sounds very clever but in the end, it sounds much like “peace for our time”.
Useless words spoken by people not in touch with the reality of an enemy who will not stop.
We can expect that Muslim and nihilistic atheist terrorists will continue to kill people and tighter gun laws will prevent more and more innocent victims from being able to defend themselves.
Then people like Wells can pretend it’s all white, gun owner’s faults that terrorists murder people.
And that Obama isn’t the worst president ever.