Getting in the Fight for Cultural Engagement

Gun Rights

Getting in the Fight for Cultural Engagement U.S.A. –( )- When we discuss the social stigmatization of the Second Amendment , not to mention efforts at corporate gun control , one thing makes those things easier: The fact that those who seek to take away our Second Amendment rights have allies who have a lot of sway in our pop culture. The NRA is largely off the pop culture battlefield, and that is a mistake. In some ways, it is a tough hill to climb. Hollywood is one place where support of very restrictive gun laws is well-entrenched. Indeed, virtually every A-list star seems to back Michael Bloomberg’s agenda – or something along those lines. Give Bloomberg credit, Everytown has been working for a while to influence pop culture portrayals in their favor. In 2017, Bloomberg’s group established an Author’s Council . Here’s how that matters: The NRA has about six million members. But on November 15 of this year, Grey’s Anatomy, starring Ellen Pompeo, an ardent supporter of gun control, drew 7.3 million viewers . One of Pompeo’s anti-NRA posts on Instagram notched over 152,000 likes. On Twitter, Pompeo has 1.59 million followers. The NRA has 726,000. It is not just the reach, although that is very impressive. Those opposed to our Second Amendment rights have also gained access to some very excellent storytellers. Shonda Rhimes, the person behind Grey’s Anatomy, has developed nine major TV series and got a big deal from Netflix. But she is […]

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