The Battle Against Gun Violence Being Fought at the Grassroots

The Battle Against Gun Violence Being Fought at the Grassroots

Photo: Mahen Gunaratna, the Chief Public Affairs Officer and Senior Vice President at Everytown for Gun Safety. NEW YORK (IDN) — A sign outside a gun store in the United States was dead on target: “We sell guns to every Dick, Tom and Dirty Harry.” Clint Eastwood, one of Hollywood’s enduring tough guys, played the role of the maverick San Francisco cop “Dirty Harry” in the 1971 crime thriller in which he took the law into his own hands trying to track down a serial killer on the loose. Described by some critics as a fascist movie, “Dirty Harry” helped Eastwood climb the top of the box office charts. In one of the final sequences, he gives the killer one last chance as he menacingly aims a Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum revolver at him: “This is the most powerful handgun in the world,” he warns, “And it will blow your head right off, you punk.” The movie, which did more for the oversized Magnum than any gun show in the United States, was a favourite among gun-lovers, including some of the lobbyists in the National Rifle Association (NRA) which has relentlessly campaigned for the constitutional right to the legal possession of guns by Americans. But much of the violence—and most recently in New York City—is largely the result of the widespread availability of illegal guns. And in the US, “Everytown for Gun Safety” is the leading organization for the prevention of gun violence at the grassroots level. In […]

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