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THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL BLOG

by DL Tolleson



January 16, 2015—Guns and Behavioral Weaponry


Movies inspire me: Especially adventure/action/thriller/spy films, which motivate self-education necessary to discern fact from fiction (not surprisingly since my life is one of writing, rewriting and editing). It then follows that I like action movie stars: Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, John Wayne, Harrison Ford, Pierce Bronson, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Tom Cruise and Liam Neeson (among others).


When the Duke (that's John Wayne, for the younger readers out there) or Norris is on screen, I see a character morally similar to the actor. But I often must distinguish my admiration for a movie character from the actor: For when I see Seagal or Cruise on screen, the fiction offers only certain aspects of the actor’s moral reality. Just beyond this are the actors who are a moral dichotomy to their screen presence. For example, Liam Neeson appeared in front of a movie poster depicting gun usage integral to his movie, Taken 3. His didactic message (from which I have removed the expletives) contrasted the matter of guns in France versus America. He said, “There’s too many…guns out there. Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a…disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’”


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