Guns and film almost go hand in hand. Firearms were at the forefront of the development of Hollywood, playing a significant role in the Westerns that were a staple of the film industry for decades, followed by the action blockbusters which almost universally feature firearms.
Yet, the film industry is filled with those who would strip us of our right to keep and bear arms.
In fact, that extends well past the film industry and into the entertainment industry as a whole. While film, television, and even music love to use guns themselves to sell their products, they don’t want you having them.
Which is why singer Billy Eilish’s brother, Finneas, pontificating on gun control at the SXSW film festival really isn’t much in the way of surprising.
Finneas O’Connell — Billie Eilish’s 23-year-old producer brother and a recording artist in his own right — just soundtracked a movie about a school shooting. At South by Southwest’s online event on Wednesday, O’Connell logged on to discuss his musical contributions to “The Fallout,” a buzzy film screening at the SXSW Film Festival.
The Grammy-winning producer didn’t shy away from its politics.
“The gun violence epidemic in American is in contrast to a lot of the other plights of this country, in that to me it feels easily solvable and there’s something kind of infuriating about that,” the Grammy-winning producer said. “… The idea that you’d be opposed to stricter gun laws is crazy.”
After being moved by the script, O’Connell was compelled to score “a film about essentially the aftermath of a school shooting at a high school” that tackles survivors’ trauma. As the “Fallout” panel wrapped, O’Connell returned to gun control: “It seems like people are a little set in their ways,” he said, so it’s “on the young generation to flip the percentages there.” He added that “young adults are gonna see this film” and think, “Obviously, this shouldn’t be happening.”
Oh, goodie, another entertainment industry person who doesn’t understand what fiction is.
Yes, young adults will see the film. Most will recognize that it’s pretend. So was The Daily Wire‘s film Run Hide Fight (and if you haven’t seen it, I’d advise you to check it out. It’s good), which also takes place during a school shooting. Yet Ben Shapiro isn’t talking about how that movie should automatically change the narrative in this country.
Plus, I mean, who looks at a school shooting and thinks, “Nah, these are cool,” and leaves it there? No one. No one at all.
The debate about school shootings has never been about whether we should do something, it’s about what needs to be done. While O’Connell seems to think that opposing stricter gun laws is crazy, I seem to believe continuing to expand gun control only for it to not work over and over again is insane.
We watched violent crime fall for decades during a time of expanding gun rights. It’s not insane to recognize that if the anti-gun arguments were true, that simply wouldn’t have happened.
Meanwhile, someone will undoubtedly call O’Connell’s comments “brave” or some such nonsense. I’m not sure how brave you have to be to parrot the talking point shared by pretty much everyone in your industry, but whatever.
What O’Connell needs to do now is never be involved in anything that uses guns ever again. Not on album covers, not scoring movies, nothing. If he’s so adamant about guns being a problem, then he needs to be the change he wants to see in the world and not be a hypocrite like everyone else in the universe.
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