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Hollywood's complicated relationship with the gun industry

Matt Damon as Jason Bourne.
Matt Damon as Jason Bourne.
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Does Hollywood love guns? 

Gun violence in film is going up even as the stars toting them around call for gun control in real life. The Hollywood Reporter published a story titled "Locked and loaded: the gun industry’s lucrative relationship with Hollywood.” It's about the uneasy but mutually-beneficial relationship between guns and Hollywood.

Gary Baum, senior writer at the Hollywood Reporter, co-authored the story with Scott Johnson. During his investigation, Baum visited the National Rifle Association Museum in Fairfax, Virgina. There, he found a whole array of guns used on movie sets, including those wielded by Clint Eastwood in "Dirty Harry" and the Beretta 92F used by Bruce Willis in "Die Hard." 

There's a complicated relationship between the NRA and Hollywood actors — especially those who espouse liberal political ideals. Matt Damon, a gun control advocate, is famous for shooting his enemies in the Jason Bourne franchise. Guest host Josie Huang checks in with Gary Baum on what rampant gun use and on-screen violence says about the film industry and our society. 

Click on the media player above to hear the full interview. 


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