NCIS Star Maria Bello Getting Backlash Over Instagram Gun Pic

Maria Bello, a cast member in the Amazon series "Goliath," poses for a portrait during the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

There’s another Hollywood controversy brewing, and it has nothing to do with Harvey Weinstein. No, this time, the focus is on an actress. Maria Bello, who stars in the television show NCIS, is facing a backlash over what some perceive to be naughty photos on her Instagram account.


Of course, by “naughty” I don’t mean racy or anything like that. No, these pics are enough to incite a liberal to a head explosion in .34 seconds.

Bello faced some negative comments almost immediately, however.

While a number of fans responded with excitement for what Jack Sloane might be up to, other Instagram users criticized the actress for smiling while holding a gun in the wake of this month’s Las Vegas shooting.

“That’s a shameful pic,” one individual wrote. “Always been a fan, but glamorizing assault weapons after Vegas is clumsy at best, callous at worst. One less fan. Good luck with ‘NCIS.’”

“There is nothing sexy about anyone holding a gun,” wrote another fan.

Yet another commenter chimed in with, “Weird timing for posting this.”

Yes, weird timing indeed. Heaven forbid anyone continues to live their lives more than three weeks after a tragedy, especially if you’re talking about firearms. Especially when the picture in question has absolutely nothing to do with Las Vegas.

Yet that’s what the anti-gun zealots routinely do. They continually tone police the pro-gun crowd, claiming we’re being callous by continuing to do the things we enjoy and to talk about them, but they have no compunction about standing on the bodies of the dead to use them as an ersatz soapbox. Now, you tell me something. Which is worse?

Maria Bello is an actor. She’s shooting at a range, and demonstrating good finger discipline, I might add. She’s doing nothing wrong. She indicates she’s training for her role, which is something all fans of the show should get behind. Apparently, she wants to do it right. I only wish more actors tried to get it right when performing their parts.


While Bello did get a backlash, the Second Amendment community has stepped up and offered her a lot of support. In fact, it’s now almost impossible to find the negative comments amid the sea of support from the 2A crowd.

Of course, many are taking the photo as evidence that Bello is pro-Second Amendment, which might be a little premature. After all, actors routinely train with weapons they don’t think you or I should have at all. Her sporting an AR-15 is indicative of nothing about her personal politics in any way, shape, or form.

That said, a backlash from one’s fellow travelers followed by an outpouring of support from those someone might consider their opponents does have a way of making one rethink their ideas on some topics.

Frankly, the anti-gun comments are beyond stupid in that. Despite the horrors of Las Vegas, life goes on. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool.

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