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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:29 PM

Movie heroes stopped smoking. Could they stop shooting? [View all]

Action heroes all used to smoke, and now they don't. Even in period pieces where their not smoking would be absurd it gets made fun of. This stopped because of moral pressure.

Action heroes still shoot. Maybe they shouldn't. I'm not saying this would stop gun violence, anymore than smoking has stopped. I'm not even talking about non-violence, as cool as it is.

I teach fencing; I'd love to see a sword-based action movie come out. And there are plenty of martial arts movies where the hero has a taboo against guns. Why not make that be the Hollywood norm rather than gunfights.

I'm someone who has used guns professionally about half of my adult life, on farms and in the Marines. I am familiar with guns, I admire the engineering behind them, and I find them utterly tedious. (You have no idea how much cleaning they entail if you're not a gun person. Seriously.)

Imagine seeing a spreadsheet romanticized. That's kind of how I feel about guns being romanticized. We don't need to do that.

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