Mass shootings throughout the country has been a major hot button issue due to its constant recurrence in the news for months and seemingly years on end. Nothing in terms of legislation has been done to curb this nightmarish scenario and there’s a sad truth to the reason for this in a link at the end of this blog entry.
In the mean time, since this is a blog concerning Lee Marvin’s life and career, it got me to wondering how he would have reacted to such current events. In my initial research, I was always impressed with Lee Marvin’s stance on such social topics as Gay Rights, feminism and Civil Rights.
Unfortunately, we parted company when it came to the issue of gun rights. Turns out he was a firm believer in the unquestioned power of the 2nd Amendment: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Never mind the legal challenges to the phrase “well-regulated.” He believed the 2nd Amendment to be sacrosanct.
According to the late stuntman and close Marvin friend, Tony Epper, “We’d talk about the fear of disarming our country like they did in Poland. We’d talk about that. This had been in the air for a long time. Lee and I collected guns and things. I fear that myself because the right to bear arms is what keeps us who we are. You’re not going to disarm the people like in Poland.”
However, in response to such a point of view, that philosophy existed at a time BEFORE the creation of handheld Glocks that can fire 33 deadly rounds in 15 seconds, high-capacity magazines, Bump Stocks, the presence of military assault weapons on the streets of America, the rise of White Supremicists and other hate groups, and infinitely more unsavory developments that has given rise to constant mass shootings.
It’s for that reason I’d like to think that if he were alive today, Marvin would definitely have evolved his thinking. I found it in encouraging that in the same conversation, Tony Epper told me this about Lee Marvin: “He would die if he knew what was happening with the NRA and the gun laws. He was a strong supporter of the Bill Of Rights. I know that much he did talk about.”
Why the NRA? Well, for anyone who doesn’t know the impact and influence the gun lobby has on stonewalling overwhelmingly popular gun control legislation, I implore you to watch the one hour Frontline special linked here.
And after that, if you haven’t done so already, read Lee Marvin Point Blank to get the full understanding of Lee Marvin’s stand on guns and gun violence and why it probably would be different today.
– Dwayne Epstein