Hollywood Hypocrisy

31 January 2013

Michael Cohen stated that "I don’t believe average Americans need to own a weapon for protection purposes. It’s too easy to use a gun out of fear or with snap judgment. But more importantly, as we witnessed by all these mass shooting,s is that guns somehow, someway get into the hands of the wrong people,” he said. “Celebrities are more at risk of being targets of violence because they are very much in the spotlight. Stalkers are common for celebs and it’s scary. However, instead of armed security, it’s about having a team that's proactive and not reactive. It’s better to have more security team members with a watchful and thoughtful eye than one guy and a gun.”

Basically, he doesn't believe that the average person warrants armed protection.  He arrogantly assumes that nobody would harm a nobody.

Here are some examples that run counter: mugging victim, rape victim, domestic violence victim, or even a homeowner awakened to the sound of broken glass and an intruder.  Any one of these can be famous persons, or "nobody" average Americans.  Spotlight is irrelevant.  Celebrity is irrelevant.  Violence can happen anywhere, anytime, to anybody.  To think otherwise is to willfully ignore the world around us.

Hubris of this nature threatens us all.  People, such as Michael Cohen, will gleefully turn "unimportant" people into victims.  Average Americans obviously do not matter in his eyes, since they are not in any sort of spotlight.

The NRA keeps a column going that documents news articles about individuals who use firearms to stop criminals.  It's not all-inclusive, but it's a start.

My life is more important to me than Michael Cohen's.  My family's lives are more important than Michael Cohen's life.  That does not mean I wish to disarm him of his paid, armed merc--err, armed security.  I merely wish to be left alone to make the appropriate choices for me and my family.