When it comes to guns, Hollywood and hypocrisy go together like Hope and Crosby.
Entertainment empires – and many stars’ personal fortunes – have been built on guns and gun violence, but the West Coast elite still love to preach about disarming the country.
Fortunately, some big names from the big screen aren’t quite as two-faced as the rest.
One of them appears to be Keanu Reeves, star of the noir “John Wick” hit-man franchise.
A YouTube video that has attracted more than 7 million viewers shows that Reeves has taken some serious training for his role in the action series — has learned a thing or two about how to handle a weapon.
This might be an actor on the big screen, but there’s no acting about what he’s doing in the video.
Check it out here:
According to the Task & Purpose website, Reeves worked with a former Navy SEAL and CIA contractor Shawn Ryan, founder of the Florida-based tactical and apparel company Vigilance Elite, to train for the third installment of the franchise, “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.”
And as in preparing for the original two films, Reeves also worked with Taran Tactical Innovations, which owns the range where Reeves is pictured in the video.
All that training clearly paid off.
But what makes Reeves even more refreshing is that he doesn’t appear to be one of the Hollywood types who love to make huge fortunes off movies that feature guns but who have a different feeling entirely about individuals having firearms of their own.
The Independent asked him how he felt about gun control.
“You mean should citizens be able to have a weapon? Yeah, why not? I am not fundamentally against citizens having access to a weapon, but I think that it has complications, the use of it,” he said.
“It’s probably not the wisest thing. Personally, I don’t own a weapon.”
That might be a little too ambiguous. The interviewer apparently didn’t ask and Reeves didn’t volunteer information about what he meant by “complications.”
He also didn’t explain why he personally doesn’t own a weapon (or at least didn’t in 2008).
But that’s tangential to the real point of whether citizens should be able to have firearms if they choose.
“Yeah, why not?” Reeves said. “I am not fundamentally against citizens having access to a weapon.”
There’s nothing in the Second Amendment that requires everyone to own a gun. It simply states that the “right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Clearly, Reeves gets that (or did in 2008, at any rate). Just as clearly as the rest of Hollywood – with other outspoken exceptions – does not.
For patriotic Americans who try to keep alive the independent spirit that was committed to parchment in July 1776, that conception of freedom is something to celebrate.
Even if Hollywood hypocrisy isn’t.
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