Is Stand by Me the Greatest Pro-Gun Film Ever?
Stand by Me is that rare film that isn’t an action-packed shoot-em-up where the protagonist has his back against the wall and uses a firearm to save his life and the lives of others.
The film’s star, Wil Wheaton, plays Gordie, the character who brandished the gun. The irony: In real life, Wheaton despises gun culture and routinely tweets “F*** the NRA.”
Rob Reiner directed Stand by Me in 1986, based upon a short story by Stephen King.
The film’s antagonist, Ace Merrill, played by Kiefer Sutherland, surrounded by several of his hoodlum friends, confronts Gordie and three other boys after they find a dead body 30 miles away from home. The late actor River Phoenix played Chris Chambers.
Chris stood up to Ace. Chris humiliates Ace.
With his dignity compromised, Ace wields a knife and lunges for Chris, whom he intends to kill.
Wheaton’s character shocks everyone — not to mention the audience — by pulling a gun out of his backpack. He aims it at Ace.
“What are you going to do? Shoot us all?” Ace asks as he points at his own group of friends.
“No Ace. Just you,” Gordie says.
Sufficiently frightened, Ace and his friends scatter and are never seen again.
Yes, this movie is a work of fiction, but, also yes, guns save lives.
Wheaton, who also played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, was only a child when he filmed Stand by Me.
He was reportedly forced into the role by domineering stage parents. So, it’s unfair to accuse Wheaton of hypocrisy in this context.
But Director Reiner is a hypocrite.
Reiner, in modern times, said “the only way to stop a bad person with a gun is to stop bad gun industry loving lawmakers at the ballot box.”
Fatal Attraction, released in 1987, is another example of a movie that isn’t an action flick where a female protagonist used a firearm to save a life, this time hers’, against her husband’s psychotic mistress. The star of that film, Michael Douglas, also wants more gun control.
Stand by Me and Fatal Attraction are more than 35 years old. They are the products of a time when woke politics didn’t dominate Hollywood. Countless actors are anti-gun. That doesn’t stop them from beefing up security to the max at all of their ceremonies, including the Oscars, year after year after year after year, complete with multiple LAPD sharpshooters.
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Are there any recent movies that aren’t traditional action films where a good person had to use a gun? That’s uncertain. There are plenty of examples of actors known for traditional shoot-em-ups (like Liam Neeson) using their platforms to rant against guns and law-abiding gun owners. I would mention Alec Baldwin…but I don’t want to get on his bad side.
Moviegoers are tired of Hollywood elites patronizing and insulting their intelligence. Celebrities are hypocrites who are too stupid to realize they are hypocrites.
Shut up, already.
Shut the hell up.
If you have never seen Stand by Me then please stream it. The movie is fantastic.
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