Here’s a gun control trivia challenge. Name the person who said:
“I hate handguns. Handguns are used to shoot people and as long as they are around, people will shoot each other.”
A. Michael Bloomberg.
B. Barack Obama.
C. Bond. James Bond.
Well, it wasn’t really Bond. It was his alter ego, actor Daniel Craig, who will be starring in his fourth installment as the super spy with a license to kill (talk about an evil concept!) when “Spectre” hits theaters in November.
“That’s a simple fact,” Craig told OK! Magazine. “I’ve seen a bullet wound and it was a mess. It was on a shoot and it scared me. Bullets have a nasty habit of finding their target and that’s what’s scary about them.”
Craig is hardly the first anti-gun Bond. Pierce Brosnan supported anti-hunting saboteurs. Roger Moore declared “I am completely opposed to small arms … I don’t like guns.” And the guy who for many is still the only “real” Bond, Sean Connery, helped bring about the UK’s handgun ban – and also evidently preferred his women like his martinis, shaken, not stirred.
At least these privileged and ludicrously rewarded “action heroes” are forthright enough to admit they’re anti-gun, as opposed to the new scam the AstroTurf groups use, that what they’re really about is “common sense gun safety” – something they are wholly unqualified to teach, but instead employ as a code term to mask their thinly-disguised lust for registration, confiscation and bans.
If they actually knew what they were talking about, they’d encourage followers to learn about the four rules of gun safety, developed and taught by late Col. Jeff Cooper, known as “the Gunner’s Guru”:
1. All guns are always loaded.
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
4. Identify your target and what is beyond it.
What does this have to do with James Bond, and gun-hater Craig? Take a look at the publicity poster, embedded above, released Tuesday on the official Twitter account for ‘Spectre.” He looks like he’s getting ready to pull a “Lee Paige,” the DEA agent who told a classroom of schoolchildren he was “the only one professional enough” to have a gun and then promptly shot himself in the leg in front of them. The “Only Ones” is now a term used in this column and on The War on Guns blog to refute those who use the fraudulent argument that only government enforcers are professional, trained and trustworthy enough to safely and responsibly keep and bear arms.
Still, what’s the big deal? It’s only a movie poster.
It’s a big deal because the vast majority of negligent firearm discharges, many times excused as an “accident,” or with the responsibility-absolving phrase “the gun went off,” happen because the trigger was pressed by a finger inside the guard. That’s why the Golden Rule is so critical to teach and to learn, especially by impressionable people who may think posing like an “action hero” makes them look cool.
It doesn’t. To anyone who knows the first thing about real gun safety, it only makes them look dangerously ignorant, like gun-hater Daniel Craig, who with all the training he’s received for his role, should have objected to the pose and refused it.
You’d think the anti-gun frauds representing themselves as “common sense gun safety advocates” would be the ones screaming loudest about this and demanding “Spectre” publicists pull their poster and replace it with one that doesn’t violate a critical safe gun-handling rule. Of course, that assumes they’re truly interested in reducing firearms-related injuries and deaths, instead of demanding edicts to ensure defenselessness, providing them after-the-fact blood to dance in and exploit.