Terrorism and the problems coming from it are the fault of a federal government that has failed to do its job. Most of the terrorist incidents in America over the last twenty years are the direct result of a failed government to do what they were supposed to. Yet their reaction is always that we should give them more government as a result of their incompetency, which most of us realize was a stupid thing to do. Then of course comes the next debate as to private companies having to protect themselves due to the ineffectual policies by the government to hedge against terrorism. People like me think an expansion of the Second Amendment is the needed result, whereas progressive organizations—like Disney believe in gun confiscation and more intrusions of personal liberty.
I am a long time fan of the Disney Company. So it pained me greatly not only to see that they made such a terribly progressive Star Wars film but that they have announced that they are getting rid of toy guns within their parks. For as long as I can remember Frontierland was a place where a child could buy a toy rifle and a coon skin cap as a memory of their Disney World visit. But not anymore. Regretfully, Disney as a company has let the liberal persuasion of capitalizing off government mismanagement marginalize their impact on the minds of our youth by pandering to gun grabbing politicians covering their own fallacies—purposely perpetrated, or by default—with gun censorship. I would go so far as to call the following announcement entirely un-American:
Disney announced that metal detectors will be installed at the entrance to Disneyland and its Florida theme parks starting Thursday. The enhanced security measures will also ban adults from wearing masks or costumes, and discontinue toy gun sales inside all parks.
The entertainment giant announced the changes quietly Thursday, saying they were not based on “any single event,” but were intended to help security personnel and to make guests feel secure.
The portable metal detectors will be positioned beyond the “bag check” area at Disneyland and Walt Disney World parks in Florida. Security personnel will randomly select some visitors to pass through the magnetometers as part of a secondary screening.
The company also announced that it will beef up the deployment of police officers contracted to help with security around the parks. At Disneyland, that means beefing up patrols by the Anaheim Police Department. Disney did not give details about the scope of the expansion.
Disneyland will also increase patrols by explosive-sniffing dogs around the parks and related properties, such as Downtown Disney and its resort hotels, the company said.
The ban on masks and costumes will apply to all guests over 14 years old. And the company will no longer sell toy guns inside its parks, or allow guests to carry toy guns with them, regardless of age. Spokeswoman Suzy Brown said the company banned the toy guns “to avoid confusion or distraction for our cast members and security personnel.”
The rules are an apparent response to recent terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris. Disney’s overseas parks will also enhance security, in accordance with recommendations from its experts at those locations, the company said.
The new rules are included on the company’s Disneyland Resort Park Rules page. “We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate,” Brown said in a statement.
A Universal Studios Hollywood spokesperson said the park is testing metal detection as well, but doesn’t sell toy guns.
“We have begun testing metal detection at our theme park,” the spokesperson said. “We want our guests to feel safe when they come here. We’ve long used metal detection for special events, such as Halloween Horror Nights. This test is a natural progression for us as we study best practices for security in today’s world.”
Here is the hypocrisy of Disney, take away the guns and cannons from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and see how many people line up to ride, or see the movies. Take the guns out of Star Wars and see how much money the films make. Even though the gun was taken away from Woody in Toy Story, at least he had the holster. Guns and their application are a huge part of what has made Disney as a company successful in the past, and is at the heart of their continued success. Taking a stand against toy guns falls right in line with the rest of progressive leaning insurgents from teachers to politicians who are suspending children in public schools for wearing Star Wars characters holding guns on their clothing—in an attempt to change Americas love for firearms—culturally. One of the largest entertainment companies in the history of the world is taking a position against guns not for fear of terrorism, but to solidify the progressive plans of their friends and allies on the liberal side of politics. And it’s disgusting.
Walt Disney would be rolling over in his grave! Frontierland was intended to keep people from forgetting about their heritage in America—which revolved around the gun. The Disney Company has shown at many levels within a day of each other how radicalized against American tradition they have become. The Force Awakens was clearly a liberalized version of Star Wars—the most obvious one yet. In the film again regarding the space cowboy Han Solo there were occasions where he borrowed Chewbacca’s bow caster and was impressed by the power it exhibited. All Han Solo fans know that he prefers a powerful pistol which he’s often seen holding in promotional pictures. It is impossible to believe that as long as he’s known Chewbacca, for over 60 years–that he’s never had a chance to fire that weapon before. Likely there was a decision by the filmmakers to show that Solo appreciated “native” weapons to advance the progressive platform sympathetic to “native” cultures instead of imposing a particular viewpoint on others—it is a small world after all. It could also be that J.J. Abrams or somebody else just wanted to see Han Solo shoot Chewbacca’s gun in the film. But because of Disney’s behavior about guns and progressive acceptance of cultural values conspiracy theories are bound to flash across our minds.
Instead of slowly weaning America off firearms in their entertainment productions, why not go all the way and take guns out of their films and television shows completely? If you want to know the truth, Disney, the reason that The Lone Ranger flopped at the box office was largely because Tonto was the featured character and The Lone Ranger gunfighter aspect was greatly reduced so to appease the progressive activists. Americans wanted to see the gunfighter shooting guns, not flopping around in the film until the very end. So instead of taking guns out of the parks and hiding behind reasons of terrorism prevention to sell it to the public, why not just declare to the American public that as an organization you are against guns? Disney won’t do such a thing because it would have an impact on their bottom line.
The policy is pathetic and further evidence of how far the company has fallen from its roots of preserving traditional American values. The rest of the world is welcome to share in those values, but it should go without saying that American culture is the best, and it’s up to companies like Disney to communicate those values in a way that helps other cultures adapt aspects that might help them be more fruitful. It’s not Disney’s job to try to alter the advancement of American culture back to the ways of the lowly European history—the gun grabbing losers of progressive tendency. Further imposing restrictions on their park visitors with bans on “toy guns” when much of their revenue is generated from “guns” is disrespectful, and intolerable. And let me tell you this dear reader. It is well-known that I love Disney World and the surrounding parks affiliated with their company. But this will change my plans for many years. If Disney as a company will take a stand against guns like they have over this latest issue—I won’t plan a trip in the near future. I many abandon it all together as a future vacation destination. I will not spend my money on such a company. And there are many people like me who won’t either. It’s a pretty bad move on their part.
Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman
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