Chris Evans says ‘no one is taking away guns’ as Steve Kerr claims only ‘muskets’ acceptable


Chris Evans Guns

People sometimes ask me why I spend time writing on what comic book writers, actors, or other celebrities think about public policy. I do that because the old saying is true: Politics is downstream from culture. People have a natural tendency towards the “easy wrong” instead of the “hard right,” which is why we must always keep an eye on popular culture.

Take, for instance, actor Chris Evans and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. Millions of Americans look up to both men, albeit for different reasons. They have enormous megaphones. They have influence. Given that, let us now examine what both men were saying in the wake of the June 12 terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 and wounded 53 others.

Chris Evans, aka Captain America, said the following to nearly 4 million people:

“We need common sense gun reform. And to be clear, NO ONE IS TAKING AWAY GUNS! Just looking for COMMON SENSE reform.”

How does one define “common sense”? NBA coach Steve Kerr’s definition of “common sense” requires only “muskets” to be available to law-abiding Americans because the Bill of Rights is allegedly “outdated.”

Steve Kerr

Here is what Mr. Kerr said while appearing on the “TK Show” withTim Kawakami on June 24 (Keep in mind that his own father was assassinated by Islamic terrorists in 1984 while working in Beirut):

“As a basketball coach, I’m not really, you know, I don’t often get political. If you don’t mind, I just want to say when 90 percent of our country wants background checks on gun purchases, and we’ve got our Senate and our House not only voting it down, but using the Bill or Rights as a reason for people to have rights to carry these automatic weapons — we’re getting murdered every day at an alarming rate — I just have to get this off my chest. …

Let’s have some checks. It’s easier to get a gun than it is a driver’s license. And it’s insane. And as somebody who has had a family member shot and killed, it just devastates me every time I read about this stuff, like what happened in Orlando, and then it’s even more devastating to see the government just cowing to the NRA and going to this totally outdated Bill of Rights, right to bear arms, you know, if you want to own a musket, fine — but come on.”

On one hand Mr. Evans says “no one is taking away guns” while on the other Mr. Kerr tries to convince millions that the Bill of Rights is “totally outdated.”

Marvel’s “Captain America” knows full well that lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate exist who agree with Mr. Kerr, but yet he still abuses the caps-lock button with “NO ONE IS TAKING AWAY GUNS!”

The Warriors’ Mr. Kerr must know that “automatic” weapons are nearly impossible to own in the U.S. outside of military and law enforcement communities, but yet he uses the term anyway.

When faced with objective facts — a.) people with power and influence do want to take guns away, and b.) more Americans died on U.S. soil by Islamic terrorists using planes as giant missiles (2,996) than by “automatic” weapons (zero) — the response by pop-culture celebrities is to lie.

If you are interested in taking the “easy wrong,” then listen to men like Chris Evans and Steve Kerr on gun control.

If you are interested in taking the “hard right,” then look for people who are not so wedded to an ideology that lying to forward the cause trumps objective reality. You’ll be glad you did.

Editor’s Note: Hat tip to Colossus of Rhodey for the heads up on Chris Evans’ tweet.

‘Linsanity’ looks like a documentary that will inspire more than just sports fans

Jeremy Lin Linsanity Trailer

Anyone who wasn’t living under a rock in 2012 heard about “Linsanity.” Jeremy Lin now plays for the Houston Rockets, but the winning streak he helped the New York Knicks put together in 2012 was one of the most inspiring sports stories in recent memory. In October, a documentary on Lin will be released, and the trailer to “Linsanity” looks like the tickets will be worth the price of admission.

There are two main quotes in the trailer to “Linsanity” that indicate this is much more than a documentary for basketball fans:

“You don’t get better if you win all the time. You look at yourself more when you lose,” (Jeremy Lin).

“That’s all I dream about: hitting a game winner, doing a pose, and walking off. … That’s like all I did growing up. I wanted to know what that felt like,” (Jeremy Lin).

First off, the world is about contrasts. We need contrast in order to appreciate different experiences. That’s why failure and setback can be an invaluable tool. Successful people view their failures as learning experiences that can help propel them to the next level. Competitors are not our enemies — they are our friends. They push us out of our comfort zone and into realms of excellence that would be unimaginable to our younger selves.

Jeremy Lin always wanted to know what it felt like to rise to the occasion on the world’s biggest stage — and he did. No matter where his career takes him, the 2012 season will never be able to be taken from him. Life is filled with special moments that are uniquely yours, and every day you have a choice focus on the blessings or unproductively dwell on the setbacks.

Linsanity Trailer review

“Some of those experiences out there when I was on the court — I felt like I was being controlled by something else. I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience,” Lin says at the start of the trailer. Out of body experiences are a very real thing, but part of what was probably going on was that the experiences felt like a dream because — by his own admission — he had been dreaming of those very moments since he was a kid, and now they were manifesting into his physical reality.

The moral of the story is to dream big. Dream big and then live your life like you expect those dreams to become a reality. Believe that it’s not a matter of if your aspirations will be realized, but when. Then prepare. Work hard. Work as if your opportunity to turn a dream into reality could happen at any second, and failing to prepare will mean you’ve prepared for failure.

Then, when it all unfolds just as you knew it would, take time to pause and really experience the moment so that you will have it ready for recall for the rest of your days.

I’m not sure what the theater count will be for this documentary, but if it’s remotely near my house I’ll be seeing it in the theaters.

Linsanity drives racially insecure Floyd Mayweather mad

In one corner, we have a bitter boxer obsessed with race. In the other we have a nice kid who just wanted to play basketball who ended up in the feel good story of the week. I'm calling Jeremy Lin for a TKO in the ring of public opinion.

Basketball kid from Harvard has a tough time landing a gig in the NBA. Spends time on his brother’s couch. He gets the call on the biggest stage in the world, New York City, and has a string of games that’s made for a Hollywood movie. Feel good story of the week, right? Wrong. Not for everyone. That’s because racially insecure guys like boxer Floyd Mayweather exist.

Mayweather posted on Twitter: “Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.” …

“Other countries get to support/cheer their athletes and everything is fine,” he tweeted later Monday. “As soon as I support Black American athletes, I get criticized.”

No, Floyd—people are criticizing you because you’re an idiot. Should I go down the list of black basketball stars that the sporting world has (rightfully) fawned over for their athletic prowess over the last few decades? Sometimes, black athletes are so popular that years after they retire people still riot over their shoes… As a former kid from Chicago who grew up following Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, wore their shoes, collected their Wheaties cereal boxes and dragged my parents to get their cheesy championship t-shirts the morning after, I hereby proclaim Floyd a fool (knowing full-well that he could break my neck with one punch if he ever met me in person).

There really was no reason for Mayweather to inject race into the matter, but like Samuel L. Jackson he’s obsessed with it. Whereas the majority of the population just wants to get caught up in a really nice story about a nice kid, malcontents like Mayweather need to somehow make it about the downtrodden, millionaire black basketball players who aren’t getting the media exposure they deserve. Hyphenated Americans like Mayweather are usually a bitter bunch, but luckily more and more Americans see themselves as just that—American. There’s no need for weirdly capitalizing “White” or “Black” for most folks, and that’s a good sign. It’s just too bad that a big ball of debt is about to rain down on us like a Jeremy Lin three pointer at the buzzer, one of the rare cases where that analogy would actually be a bad thing.