One of Hollywood’s biggest film producers, Harvey Weinstein, is doubling down on his stance against the NRA, following the announcement on Wednesday that he intends to produce a film with the intent on taking them on directly.
Joining CNN’s Piers Morgan on Friday, Weinstein blasted the NRA for their recent lobbying and political interference in the ongoing gun control debate, saying that the gun group “infiltrates the system,” in order to squash efforts for common sense gun control efforts.
The announcement of the project, which happened Wednesday during an interview with shock-jock Howard Stern, stirred up a great amount of controversy when Weinstein stated that the NRA would “wish they weren’t alive,” after he was done with them. In response to the backlash from the pro-gun lobby, Weinstein took to expanding on his gun control stance Friday, stating that he felt it fair to judge a person’s “mental capacity” when selling them guns.
Though during the discussion, the executive producer of films like Django Unchained did admit the violence in his projects could be toned down, Weinstein went on to praise President Obama for not backing down on the issue, even in the face of such deeply entrenched opposition, telling Morgan, “Obama’s a hero, it’s just when you face an enemy like that, you can’t move. It’s like quicksand in Washington.”
Despite Republican rhetoric regarding the connection to mental health and the spate of mass shootings which have become an almost regular occurrence, even compromising on mental health and background checks have remained a point of intransigence for the party of guns and god.
Though pro-gun conservatives quaked with childish enthusiasm over their chance to invoke Hitler, claiming that Weinstein’s referencing of the holocaust during the interview was tantamount to heretical hypocrisy, Weintstein’s initial premise that the NRA interferes with gun control debates and legislation isn’t hard to back up.
According to Maplight.org, an organization that specializes in tracking political spending, the NRA’s political action committee, NRA PAC has spent $1,435,687 on members of the 113th Congress between 2009 and 2012, with $31,300 of such all being split between five Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee alone, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz as their overall top recipient.
Weinstein remained hopeful though, both that the conversation about common sense gun controls could carry on, as we as regarding the prospects of a reformation within the Republican party, saying of John Boehner, that he thought he saw a “twinkle in his eye,” while giving a press conference against Tea Party blustering over the recent budget deal.
Watch Harvey Weinstein make his remarks on the Piers Morgan show.