Be sure you are signed up for JPFO's periodical Email Alerts.
JOIN JPFO TODAY
Get a very aggressive defense of your rights.
Click on the above.
Help us avoid errors.
Should you prefer a full page of JPFO’s main links, then
Read these classic
rebuttals to "Gun Control"
Picture, Oleg Volk
The Clint Eastwood-directed record-setting blockbuster "American Sniper," about the late U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, whose 160 confirmed kills in Iraq make him the most prolific sniper in American military history, has drawn plenty of opprobrium to go along with its enormous success. Rabidly anti-gun, "progressive" serial complainer Michael Moore got the ball rolling, perhaps, with his tweet calling snipers "cowards," rather than heroes, with "invaders" being even worse. Oddly, Moore seems not to have much to say about his own "courage," in paying a man to protect him--with a gun carried illegally.
Moore is joined by another (somewhat leaner--for now) Hollywood "celebrity," Seth Rogen, who also took to Twitter, to inform us that the movie reminded him of the Nazi propaganda film shown in the Quentin Tarantino movie "Inglourious Basterds." He should probably go back to puerile jokes about sex and drug abuse.
Other critics cannot fit their bile about the movie within the 140 characters allowed by Twitter. Chris Hedges, for example, needed several pages' worth of TruthDig's bandwidth to write his charmingly titled "Killing Ragheads for Jesus." If that title is not sufficient to set Hedges' intended tone, the first paragraph should finish the job nicely:
And more and more of the same.
Writing for The Guardian, Gary Younge opines that the movie "illustrates the west's morality blind spots," because "there is no moral arc; no anguish about whether the killing is necessary or whether those who are killed are guilty of anything." More disgusting still, Younge concludes that Chief Petty Officer Kyle was "was every bit as much a jihadi in uniform as his nemesis, Mustafa [a fictional enemy sniper], was a soldier in casual wear."
Matt Taibbi, writing for Rolling Stone, gets his own two cents (and that's no bargain) in, with "'American Sniper' Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize":
But could there be more to this rabid vitriol than "just" hostility toward America's fighting men and women? Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman speculates that the movie, in which rifles not far removed from what millions of American hunters take into the woods every year are used to kill the enemy from 1,000 or more yards away, could be just what the gun ban zealots think they need to help them push a ban of popular hunting rifles, as "too dangerous" for civilians.
Actually, that wouldn't be a new development, with the Violence Policy Center having espoused such bans on what they call "intermediate sniper rifles" (to distinguish them from "heavy sniper rifles"--mostly firing the .50 BMG cartridge) since 2001. If that effort ever comes to fruition, does anyone seriously believe they'll not eventually find their way to warning us of the dangers of private citizens' access to "light sniper rifles"?
More recently, we've seen an especially hysterical anti-gun group (and an anti-gun group has to really work to distinguish itself from the crowd in its level of hysteria) calling for a ban of rifles "too accurate" for private citizens--and stunningly, wants private citizens limited to rifles that miss 70% of the time:
Tireless liberty advocate Mike Vanderboegh has an explanation for the fear and loathing of snipers:
Indeed, and that's an observation I have made previously:
"American Sniper" terrifies these people precisely because America is quite fertile ground for producing people who can change the world with one shot from a rooftop a mile away. That's a "change they can believe in," but one they would much prefer not to.
A former paratrooper, Kurt Hofmann was paralyzed in a car accident in 2002. The helplessness inherent to confinement to a wheelchair prompted him to explore armed self-defense, only to discover that Illinois denies that right, inspiring him to become active in gun rights advocacy. He also writes the St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner column. Kurt Hofmann Archive.