In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, the debate over gun control and gun violence has raged. In the midst of this debate, many (but not all) celebrities have raised their voices in favor of stricter gun-control laws. As is often the case when a celebrity dips their toes in politics, outrage and mockery has ensued.
After the Newtown tragedy, celebrities like Beyonce and Jon Hamm filmed a PSA calling for stricter gun control measures as part of the “Demand a Plan” campaign from Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, which also includes familes of victims from the Aurora, Tucson and Virginia Tech tragedies.
In the video, celebrities cite the names of the numerous recent mass shootings, then ask “How many more?” They then ask the public to “demand a plan” from “our leaders” to do something about gun violence.
In response to the video, YouTube user “ma5one” uploaded a mashup of the PSA campaign, in which he (or she) juxtaposed scenes of violent film or television roles of the celebrities right after their part in the original campaign. The idea appears to be to point out the hypocrisy of celebrities calling for gun control while using violent, gun-fueled images to advance their careers.
Giving credit to the YouTube user “Mike Hunt,” “ma5one” wrote that the video is about “Hypocrite celebrities and their anti-gun agenda.”
In response to a comment on the video, Hunt wrote: “money and fame > principle.” In the description section of a “clean” version of the video (above), “Mike Hunt” wrote: “They supported a mass murderer and war criminal for high office (see Obama’s drone policy) and profit from a culture of violence that they now protest against. Riiiigggghhhhttt…”
The Daily News called “ma5one” a “gun rights activist,” but does not provide much other information on him or her.
The video has taken off in popularity, receiving more than 500,000 views on ma5one’s version alone, as well as tens of thousands more on other uploaded versions.
Hollywood has been sensitive to the link between glorified violence on screen and real-life tragedies like the Aurora shooting and Newtown. Most celebrities say the blame lies squarely on the mentally ill perpetrators of the crimes.
Jamie Foxx, however, who is featured in both the “Demand a Plan” original and mashup videos, and who has been a particular lightening rod for the debate after his starring role in the violent “Django Unchained” movie, feels differently.
“We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence,” Foxx said in a recent interview. “It does.”
National Guard Units On Alert
The National Guard notifies mountain soldiers they could be called for active duty. That means members of the 210th and 211th military police are preparing for a call-up that could come at any time.
The army wonâ€™t say when or where the deployment could be, or whether troops would be mobilized at all. During the alert, soldiers must get their family affairs in order and increase their training. The military police in the mountains last deployed in 2003. There have been big changes in equipment used in that time.
The National Guard has a Family Readiness Program that assists husbands, wives and children left behind. Volunteers also provide community support for military families.
Paul Joseph Watson
January 4, 2013
While the Obama administration sets out to eviscerate the gun rights of American citizens in the aftermath of Sandy Hook, earlier this week it was announced that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a company a contract worth over $45,000 dollars to provide the DHS with 200,000 more rounds of bullets.
This new purchase adds to the staggering figure of 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition already secured by the DHS over the last 9 months alone.
A solicitation originally posted on the FedBizOpps.gov website on December 17 on behalf of the DHS Federal Law Enforcement Training Center advertised the need for 200 cases of 13â€“40 Cal, 180 Grain, Jacketed Hollow Point bullets, with each case containing 1000 rounds, to be delivered almost immediately as soon as the contract is awarded.
The bullets are to be delivered to a training site in North Charleston, South Carolina, which â€œspecializes in Maritime Law Enforcement and Port Security Training. Basic and advanced training programs are conducted in concert with the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, the U.S. Courts Probation and Pretrial Services Training Academy, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Training Academy, the Customs and Border Protection Field Operations Academy, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.â€
The winner of the contract to provide the DHS with the ammunition, announced on January 2, was Evian Group Inc., an organization that was formed just five days before the announcement of the solicitation.
As James Smith documents, Evian Group seems to be little more than a front organization and doesnâ€™t appear to have any real business assets, a genuine physical address, a website, or even a phone number.
Back in August, the Department of Homeland Security censored information relating to the amount of bullets purchased by the DHS on behalf of Immigration & Customs Enforcement, citing an â€œunusual and compelling urgencyâ€ to acquire the bullets, noting that there is a shortage of bullets which is threatening a situation that could cause â€œsubstantial safety issues for the governmentâ€ should law enforcement officials not be adequately armed.
The information was blacked out despite the fact that documents are only supposed to be redacted if authorized by Congress or for national security reasons.
The contradiction of the Obama administration preaching gun control while simultaneously the federal government arms itself to the teeth with an arsenal that would be enough to wage a full scale 7 year ground war is jaw-dropping.
As Mike Adams highlights, â€œA citizen is considered to be a stockpiling â€œterroristâ€ prepper if they own just 1,000 rounds of ammo. The government, however, can purchase billions and the mainstream media doesnâ€™t even question it.â€
â€œWhere is all this ammunition going? Itâ€™s being stockpiled by the federal government, awaiting some future event during which it will apparently be â€œactivated.â€ Why else would you stockpile something if you donâ€™t anticipate needing to use it someday?â€
â€œDuring all this, Obama and his cohorts in Washington are loudly insisting that American citizens have no right to purchase firearms or ammunition, and that new laws will soon be enacted to make sure you cannot do what the government does: stockpile weapons and ammo.â€
Indeed, the double standard is staggering and while Americans are being raided for stockpiling â€œarsenalsâ€ of weapons that subsequently turn out to be no more than a few guns, the federal government is simultaneously building a very real and substantial arsenal while the mainstream media turns a blind eye.
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