Julianne Moore, Jennifer Aniston, and Amy Schumer were among a group of Hollywood celebrities who joined President Obama in a post-San Bernardino gun control video ad produced by Everytown for Gun Safety.
The three actresses were joined by other celebrities–including Kevin Bacon, Michael J. Fox, Sofia Vergara, Sarah Silverman, Ty Burrell, and Nick Offerman–each of whom take turns looking into the camera to say, “We can end gun violence.” No one explains how to end it, but they take turns saying the words and, at times, repeat the sentence over and over together.
Obama takes time to say, “When we come together, Americans can do anything.”
Film director Spike Lee also appeared in the post-San Bernardino gun control video, as did gun control proponent Shannon Watts and the Reverend Al Sharpton.
But the problem these celebrities and activists face is that the gun control measure of choice–expanded background checks–is already the law of the land in California. Yet such checks were impotent to stop the attacks. Obama and others have tried to distract from this failure by pushing to add the no-fly list to background checks — in essence pretending the checks are not as thorough as they should be until the no-fly list is included. However, on December 4, CNN reported that San Bernardino attackers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were not on “any list” pertaining to potential terrorists in the US. So the addition of the no-fly list would not have stopped them from legally acquiring guns.
Now what? Should we add gun registration? California already has that. Should we add magazine capacity limits? Many areas of California have that. Should we add a focus on getting guns away from the mentally ill? California already has a program to confiscate guns from those barred from gun possession for mental or criminal reasons.
So what’s next? How do Aniston, Schumer, Bacon, Vergara, Fox, Moore, and Obama plan to “end gun violence” now?
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