Who’s Up for Another Celebrity Lecture About Gun Control?

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Scientists have long known that celebrities are some of our wisest people. Their liberation from the animal habits of working and listening to other people has elevated them to another plateau of being. An Olympus of the soul, which they think is a camera, that enables them to look down on our petty concerns and tell us important things about the need for Yoga lessons and gun control.

Today’s deep thoughts about gun control come from Matthew Modine. Who is Matthew Modine, you might ask. According to his bio, Matthew Modine was offered the Tom Cruise part in Top Gun, but turned it down because he “disagreed with its Cold War politics.”

Clearly he made the right choice, because now Tom Cruise is famous and Matthew Modine is the star “Jesus was a Commie” (2011) , “Santa the Fascist Years” (2008) and the director of “To Kill an American” (2008). Also he appeared on an episode of Law and Order.

All that eminently qualifies him to tell us why only backward racist savages would want the right to bear arms.

“I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.” That line was barked by the man who portrayed Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s epic film, The Ten Commandments. Moses was taking his orders from a higher power and since it was about 2,500 years ago, guns hadn’t even been invented yet. If they had been, Charlton Heston, the actor playing Moses, may have personally added an 11th Commandment, “Thou shalt bear arms.”

Modine probably thinks this is witty. It reads more like the advanced stages of Dyslexia mingling with ADD and TCM.

Although, I’m sure no god would give a blessing to weapons designed for the single purpose of killing people.

Spoken like a man who has never read the Bible, the Koran or any book longer than three pages and not written by Deepak Chopra.

The Second Amendment, part of our Bill of Rights, protects the “right of the people to keep and bear arms.’ This may sound reasonable, but remember it was written in 1791. A time when land was being stolen from the indigenous Native Americans and Africans were forced into slavery to build this nation. It was a time when woman could not vote and there were no child labor laws.

And no gay marriage or reusable bags. And those heathen savages were transphobic as hell. George Washington had never even heard of Microfinance and Thomas Jefferson refused to eat yogurt.

When in doubt, liberals dig up their copy of A People’s History of the United States, never read, then they dig up the Cliffs Notes to it, then they drop that and read the Wikipedia entry for it. And then they begin explaining that the Constitution doesn’t matter because it was written by racist homophobes.

Time passed and slavery officially ended with the passage of the 13th Amendment. Woman would eventually win their right to vote with the 19th Amendment.

You see, it is because we, as a people, recognize the necessity to transform and improve that we are able to call ourselves a “civilized” nation. We know it is unfair to benefit from another persons suffering. Imagine if we had not passed these amendments and you will see and have a deeper understanding of how the rest of the world is now looking upon the United States and our anachronistic gun laws.

Or how Matthew Modine and every celebrity ever looks at America. But to follow the scrambled logic here, because we added amendments to protect rights that were already in the Constitution, we should abolish civil rights in the original Bill of Rights so that the Europeans will admire us.

Now that women have the right to vote, we should take away everyone’s right to bear arms. And then maybe their freedom of speech… the way the Europeans have.

As a nation we cannot be shackled to an archaic Second Amendment which is being shielded by a minority of Americans that demand the right to use weapons that are continually killing citizens across our country.

Indeed, we cannot. We must embrace a modern Second Amendment. One that will give us all the right to bear Lawn Darts. But those were banned to. Maybe an amendment that gives us all the right to point fingers at each other and say, “POW” but that seems to be outlawed too.

Maybe a truly modern Second Amendment will replace the right to bear arms, with the right to watch Matthew Modine movies, assuming any of them are ever made. We can put that in the amendment too.

The Second Amendment was written so far away from this moment in which we are living. Over the decades, our Constitution has been updated and made more civilized and fair by way of amendments. It’s time to let go of these weapons that cause such massive suffering to our population.

Here lies the empty head of the professional liberal. The present isn’t a year or an age, it’s a moment. A passing fleeting thing.

1791 is an eternity away. A period of time that is so vast that he can hardly conceive of it, not because of the chronological distance, but the cultural distance.

How far away is 1791? To Matthew Modine, its an infinite distance measured by every liberal social gimmick that he is wedded to. The modern liberal is not an American, he is a citizen of Liberalvania, a fanciful magical kingdom where money is infinite and everyone gets gay married and then breaks into showtunes. It’s not a real place, it’s a state of mind.

  • Mick

    Of Matthew Modine and most liberals I have tried to gauge in conversation with I find the following quote to be wholly applicable and true. Thanks Daniel, keep your powder dry.

    Modern liberalism, for most liberals is not a consciously understood set of rational beliefs, but a bundle of unexamined prejudices and conjoined sentiments. The basic ideas and beliefs seem more satisfactory when they are not made fully explicit, when they merely lurk rather obscurely in the background, coloring the rhetoric and adding a certain emotive glow. ~ James Burnham, Suicide of the West, 1985

    • Mary Sue

      Or as Rush put it, Liberalism is the most gutless thing you can ever do. All you have to do is say that you care.

      • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

        Not only gutless, but when leftists go postal they go all out. So much so that they threaten everyone who disagrees with them with "this and that" – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/03/leftists-go-p

        Moreover, how many of these Hollywood "wonders" employ armed guards too? That's a relevant question!

        Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Edward Cline

    And then there's that superb actor and friend of Castro and Hugh Chavez, Danny Glover, who said that the Second Amendment was intended to allow whites to put down slave revolts and kill Indians.
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2979639/

    You've really got to hand it to these Hollywood types. That is, credit for overdoses of hubris and assuming that anyone really cared about what they thought about anything.

    • Mary Sue

      it's garbage like that which diminishes Glover's brilliant performance at the "South African Consulate" in Lethal Weapon 2

      Murtaugh: I want to immigrate to South Africa!
      Consulate personnel: "B-b-but, you're black!

  • Moishe Pupick

    Sa., 01/19/13

    Hollywood hypocrites abound. I know that such super-wealthy folks hire heavily armed plainclothes security for their parties and to prevent kidnapping of their children. However, shmucks like Modine
    pontificate that the "little people" can't be trusted with firearms. It wouldn't surprise me if Modine is among the acting elite who have concealed-carry permits. . . . "Gun control" is always for the other guy.

  • brentondadams

    Who?

  • Edward Cline

    Brentondadams: Gun control is for you. You see, you're not a member of the elite. You're not important. You are the "other guy." You don't speak down to reporters from behind a podium bearing the Presidential seal. You aren't an actor, or a rapper, or anything worth a photo op. You're just a little guy who needs coddling and protection and guidance. That's how Modine and his ilk view the public.

  • Mary Sue

    I figured Matthew Modine was your average garden variety Ted Danson style idiot, but I had no idea about the Top Gun thing. Or that other stuff. He tosses logical fallacies left and right, and I took note he makes special use of the Genetic Fallacy, which is described on the Nizkor dot org site thusly:

    A Genetic Fallacy is a line of "reasoning" in which a perceived defect in the origin of a claim or thing is taken to be evidence that discredits the claim or thing itself. It is also a line of reasoning in which the origin of a claim or thing is taken to be evidence for the claim or thing. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

    The origin of a claim or thing is presented.
    The claim is true(or false) or the thing is supported (or discredited).

    It should be noted that there are some cases in which the origin of a claim is relevant to the truth or falsity of the claim. For example, a claim that comes from a reliable expert is likely to be true (provided it is in her area of expertise).

    So, just because the Second Amendment came from an era where women couldn't vote, the Second Amendment is bad. (That's also the fallacy of Guilt by Association thrown in for good measure) I doubt that Matthew Modine thinks the same of the FIRST Amendment, the hypocrite! But as we all know, Matthew Modine isn't an expert in anything except maybe acting, and not very well at that. Nobody that turns down the lead in Top Gun because they disagree with the politics (with the exceptions of portraying something extremely immoral on grounds of conscience, but even then, geez, it's JUST a movie!) of what's in the script is a good actor. A GOOD actor can turn out a good performance despite their personal feelings on the issues raised in the movie.

  • Seth Bullock

    He also appeared on an ep of The West Wing as an old high school flame of CJ back in Dayton.

  • DebbieC

    Who cares what he or any other entertainer thinks. We pay them for a service not for guidance. Maybe we should stop supporting them and they can come down to the real world with the rest of us. Should we tell them their nothing without fans.

  • Not Ovenready

    How much does it need to be driven home that an actor's primary skillset is pretending to be other people.
    And possibly also the ability to look desirable on camera.
    Period.

  • AnOrdinaryMan

    Just so you know, a 5 year old girl was suspended from school, in Mt. Carmel, Pa. yesterday, for threatening to shoot a classmate with a plastic gun that shoots bubbles. Even though she didn't have the gun in her possession when she made the statement. She was labeled a "terroristic threat," by the Mt. Carmel school district. Insanity isn't limited to Hollywood.

  • Bailey

    Is this not the same Matthew Modine that played Cpl Joker in Full Metal Jacket? Actors, talking about national policy? Why does George Clooney get to address the UN? Who do these people think they are? Talk about arrogance….

    Team America had it right. It gets funnier every time I see it.

  • Rose King

    Oh My Gosh! Who did his hair? Makeup looks good, but the hair? No No No…Anyway, never heard of him and wonder how he got a news line of infospeak?

  • Marvin

    Now lemme see your REAL war face!!!