Guns in Movies Review: Lucy

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I’d like to nominate Scarlett Johanson for an honorary NRA membership, because this brilliant sci-fi story is unintentionally pro-gun. The film begins with a common American woman kidnapped by the Chinese mafia and turned into a drug mule.

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Lucy before the drugs turn her into a smart shooter

What the dealers don’t expect is that the illegal package of drugs they inserted into her belly has started to leak after another gangster beats her up. The drug gives her the opportunity to use a higher percentage of her brain. After this, a woman who has probably never shot before becomes a marksman. She can even shoot through walls and hit four targets. This goes against the ammophobe’s credo that only stupid people like guns.

Lucy scored an impressive $44 million on opening weekend, outselling Hercules by more than 10 mil.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2014/07/27/box-office-scarlett-johanssons-lucy-scores-44m-weekend/

But you don’t have to worry about your movie dollar financing Harvey Weinstein. This movie was produced by a friendly frog.

Parisian auteur Luc Besson has become known for his stylish inversions of schlock genre fare and a certain, shall we call it, Vive la femme attitude toward women.Time and again, his movies place emotionally fragile female characters in physically perilous situations: a conflicted hit-woman struggling with the perils of her job in 1990’s La Femme Nikita, 12-year old Natalie Portman on the run as an assassin-in-training in The Professional, and Milla Jovovich’s universe-saving alien Leeloo in The Fifth Element (1997) among them. Besson’s latest multiplex offering appears set to follow that template. The director’s FX-heavy sci-fi thriller Lucy (which hits theaters Friday) presents Scarlett Johansson as a Taipei-based expatriate-turned-reluctant drug mule who, through a freak accident, taps into a reservoir of superhuman brain power—and ends up kicking no small amount of ass in the process.
Source: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/07/24/can-luc-besson-score-another-french-import-blockbuster-with-lucy/

Sorry Bill O’Reilly, I will not be boycotting France this time. Vive le Besson, and mercy for showing lots of beautiful guns in your lovely action films. If you haven’t seen La Femme Nikita I recommend it, although the American version is better.

 

 

 

25% of South African cops can’t shoot

One of the advantages Americans have over other country is millions of gun owners that are ready to become cops. South African’s aren’t so lucky:

Cape Town - Nearly a quarter of the police officers required to carry a firearm are not competent to do so because they failed the test, says Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

“This confirms a 2012 leaked performance audit which revealed that 27 000 police officers had failed their firearms proficiency test. It is of great concern that not all our police service members have the necessary training to perform their jobs to the best of their ability. This not only puts them in danger, but it may also result in harm to members of the public when they perform their duties.”

Source:  http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/25-cops-failed-gun-test-1.1726447

Another country struggling with armed cops is China.

Mao Zedong – who famously said “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun” – stripped weapons from many police officers shortly after he rose to power in 1949.
Source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-22/chinese-police-forces-carry-guns-first-time-over-60-years

Now they’re arming the Chinese cops again. I wish them well, cop or civilian, we’re all better off with guns.

Armed Man Fights Three Burglars

Another victory for the good guy with a gun:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 27, 2014) –Three men break in to a home and end up coming face to face with the person living there.

At some point, police say gunfire was traded and one of the bad guys was killed. The two other guys took off after the gunfire erupted inside the home in the 3100 block of N. College Ave. Police did eventually find a person of interest, who’s being question.

Neighbors say the way their neighborhood is today is a total turnaround from the way it used to be.

“Drastically it’s changed,” said Damian Parrott. “Went from a pretty good neighborhood to now it’s not even safe to sit on your own porch or your own lot.”

If you have anything that could help police solve this investigation, call the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department or submit an anonymous tip through Central Indian Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.
Source: http://fox59.com/2014/07/27/gunfight-between-indianapolis-homeowner-and-burglars-one-suspect-dead/

With homeowners shooting criminals, I’m sure it will become a good neighborhood once again.

Armed woman prevents grand theft auto

Unlike the video game, armed civilians don’t always get carjacked.

A day after a burglar ransacked her Garrard Street home, a 30-year-old woman fired 10 gunshots into her 2010 Jeep Wrangler late Friday to thwart a thief’s attempt to steal the vehicle.

It’s unknown if the would-be thief was wounded as the vehicle rolled next door to a home in Columbus.

“She emptied the magazine into the Jeep,” said Darrell Rhoaden, a neighbor. “It was pretty intense. I saw the guy in the vehicle. It was dark out. I think I saw him leaning away from the driver’s side or else he would be dead.”

Rhoaden said the vehicle theft attempt may have been related to a burglary at the home on Thursday. A slim man entered the home, ransacked the place and took a laptop. He apparently made off with her keys to the Jeep and returned around 10:05 p.m. Friday.

The woman’s home is right behind Rhoaden’s bedroom window.

“I heard her hollering, ‘What are you doing? I have a gun,’” he said.

Thinking his neighbor was in trouble, Rhoaden said he jumped up and looked out the window.

“I saw the Jeep rolling backward down the driveway,” he said. “I called the cops, then I heard the gunshots.”

With the police on the phone, Rhoaden said he told police that shots had been fired. He ran to his neighbor’s home and saw a bullet hole in the headrest of the vehicle that had stopped in another neighbor’s yard. The suspect had jumped out and fled.

Rhoaden said the woman couldn’t have been more than 3 feet from the suspect before she started firing.

The woman was found shaking on the corner of her driveway.

“She was crying and screaming,” he said.

The area was soon filled with nearly a dozen Columbus police officers, at least four patrol officers and seven detectives. In a report on the attempt to steal the Jeep, police never mentioned any details about a gun or shots fired.

The thief was described as black man who weighs about 165 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt, cargo pants and black tennis shoes.

The woman was unavailable for comment late Saturday.
Source: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/07/26/3218984/columbus-woman-empties-the-magazine.html?sp=/99/164/

Even if your shots miss the target, you can still manage to scare the bad guy away.

Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/07/26/3218984/columbus-woman-empties-the-magazine.html?sp=/99/164/#storylink=cpy

The right to shoot bears when bear spray fails

If you’re going hiking, don’t forget your gun:

MISSOULA, Mont. -

The following is a press release from Glacier National Park:

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, park dispatch received notification from a park volunteer backcountry ranger of a hiker-bear incident on the Mt. Brown Lookout Trail, on the west side of the park. Initial investigation indicates that a 57-year old hiker from Texas was hiking alone on the Mt.Brown Lookout Trail when a bear charged him from an area below the trail. The hiker deployed his canister of bear spray and then discharged one round of his handgun. It is believed the bear was wounded, and ran away. The hiker then turned around and quickly hiked back to the trailhead, warning other hikers on the trail of the incident. The hiker met a park volunteer backcountry ranger on the trail, and the ranger notified park dispatch of the situation. The hiker received no physical injuries.

Park rangers immediately closed the trail and initiated an investigation. They staffed the trailhead to communicate the situation to other park visitors and began a search for the bear. Park rangers and bear specialists hiked from the trailhead, and were transported via helicopter to the summit of Mt. Brown, to investigate and search for the bear. It is unknown if the bear was a grizzly or black bear, but evidence indicates the bear was wounded. The investigation and search for the bear will continue, and the trail will remain closed until further notice.
Source: http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/glacier-hiker-uses-bear-spray-and-gun-on-bear/27166354