LOS ANGELES, April 3, 2013 — Mr. Carrey, we need to talk about your recent effort to defend yourself from the backlash caused by your anti-gun video. I would call it “Ace Ventura gets reflective.”
As a longtime fan who became a critic of you this week, this is an attempt at getting to the heart of the matter.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Nobody should be threatening you or your family, and no self-respecting conservative is issuing you death threats. Conservatives do not want to silence speech. We want more speech.
Anyone threatening your life should be arrested. The same goes for the liberals sending death threats to my inbox for being a conservative, existing, and breathing air.
You deeply believe that more gun control would be good for America. That is a policy discussion absolutely worth having.
Where you went wrong is by mocking a dead person not able to defend themselves. Going after Charlton Heston was a “cheap shot.” I am a comedian (far less successful than you, but up and coming) who is politically conservative. My routine consists of many jabs at President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and many other liberals.
Yet attacking Gabrielle Giffords or Obama’s children would be out of line. You crossed the line, and as a professional should know better.
You claim that conservative “bullies” are trying to “silence” you. This is nonsense. You have a large microphone, larger than most people will ever have. If you want to see bullying and silencing, try being a Republican in Hollywood. Friends of mine have an organization called the “Hollywood Congress of Republicans.” They are entertainment industry professionals who have passion, talent, and significantly less power and money than you do.
They keep their politics quiet at work for fear of being fired. Talk about bullying. They have no political First Amendment rights, those same rights you embraced in your video.
What seems to really bother you is that a large number of Americans simply disagree with you. A true dialogue allows for a healthy discussion of both sides of issues, but you refuse to engage in a dialogue.
The smart thing for you to do would be to go on Fox News or conservative talk radio and argue your point to the largest news audiences in the country. Debate Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity. Liberals frequently go on Fox News and argue their points fiercely.
This shows their confidence in their position.
You writing a column for the Huffington Post is a form of hiding. It is the equivalent of curling up in a fetal position and staying in your “safe place.” Between Hollywood and most media outlets, talking among people you already agree with does not lead to any learning, growth, or understanding.
It reinforces groupthink.
You did more than attack a dead guy. You treated “Middle America” like a bunch of hillbillies and hicks in your video. In other words, you tried to win a policy debate by getting personal and stigmatizing your opponents as being dumb.
You did this among your fellow liberals who adore you. This reduces you to a stereotype of a typical, liberal, elitist coastal snob.
If you really want to learn, talk to my dad. He is a Holocaust survivor who understands that if Jews had high-powered weapons during the Holocaust, there would have been many more dead NAZIs, and fewer dead Jews.
Or talk to Korean grocers who saved their stores during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. A couple of marines that year with semi-automatic weapons saved an old aged home from being burnt down by rioters.
Look at the crime statistics of Chicago compared to North Dakota and see how well gun control works.
This is not about you being Canadian, or a washed-up actor, a phony with a bodyguard, among the many slurs tossed your way that distract from what really matters . The issue is you are just wrong, and refuse to defend your beliefs in a public forum that allows you to be challenged.
That is gutless, and you should be better than that. If you have to demonize people for disagreeing with you, then you have already surrendered the policy discussion.
You and many liberals say that “nobody needs or should have” certain types of guns. Many conservatives including myself say you are completely wrong.
Let’s have that discussion, where both points of view are treated with dignity and respect. Until you stop attacking conservatives for merely disagreeing with you, you will deserve to be seen as an unserious provocateur contributing nothing positive to the national discussion.
Gun rights supporters are not stupid, evil, heartless, or happy about murdered children. We just know that liberal “solutions” would make matters worse and violate the Constitution. We will defend more than just the Second Amendment. We will defend our position verbally and publicly in an honest intellectual manner.
Now we challenge you to do the same. Bring it on, sir. To paraphrase “The Mask,” nobody is stopping you but you.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. Follow Eric on Twitter @TYGRRRREXPRESS.
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