In surfing around on the internet, I stumbled on this linkwhich provides a listing of organizations, individuals and celebrities that have officially endorsed an anti-gun stance according to the National Rifle Association – Institute for Legislative Action or NRA-ILA. In some cases, these organizations have allowed their name to be used in support of specific campaigns that have the purpose of passing anti-gun legislation and, in addition, some have provided financial support.
First, let's pick out a few anti-gun organizations:
American Federation of Teachers
American Association of School Administrators
American Bar Association
American Medical Association
American Nurses Association
International Association of Educators for World Peace
International Ladies' Garment Workers Union
Manhattan Project 2
Mennonite Central Committee
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of Secondary School Principals
United States Catholic Conference
People for the American Way
Unitarian Universalist Association
United Methodist Church
United Church of Christ
YWCA of the U.S.A.
Most of these organizations are familiar to us, however, one that caught my eye was People for the American Way. While the name rings of right wing politics, PFAW is actually a liberal-leaning organization founded in 1981 by Norman Lear, the creative mind behind “All in the Family”, among others who were disturbed by the "divisive rhetoric of newly politicized televangelists". They hadn't seen anything yet. Just wait three decades!
Now, let's look at a sampling of the NRA-ILA's list of anti-gun individuals and celebrities:
Dr. Joyce Brothers
David E. Kelley
It is interesting to look through the entire list; it's pretty much a who's who in Hollywood. What I find rather surprising is that some of these celebrities have starred in/directed/produced very violent movies including Sylvester Stallone in the very recent "Bullet to the Head" as shown in this trailer:
Count the number of shots showing Stallone holding a firearm. On top of that, here is a link that will provide you with information regarding his request for a concealed carry weapons permit in 2004. I guess you don't have to practice what you preach when you are employed in Hollywood!
Lastly, here is a partial list of anti-gun corporations:
American Multi Cinemas Entertainment, Inc.
Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc.
General American – St. Louis
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Royals
Sara Lee Corporation
Southland Corporation (i.e. 7-eleven)
Southwestern Bell Telephone
St. Louis Rams
Time Warner Inc.
Just in case you wondered, American Multi Cinemas is currently showing the previously mentioned "Bullet to the Head". One has to wonder if General American has its own interests at heart with their anti-gun stance; they are a life insurance company.
While it is intriguing to see which organizations and individuals in America are taking an anti-gun stance, it is even more interesting to see that the NRA keeps track of those who they deem “anti-Second Amendment”. You are being watched!
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