Get ready the flood of liberal fury directed at gun advocates today. Brad Pitt, talking to Radio Times about his upcoming film Fury, said that he grew up around firearms. Hell, I did too. There’s a picture somewhere in my parents collection of me holding a Ruger 10/22. Did I have a shotgun? No, I was a small kid. It would have knocked me on my ass.

He explained that it was a rite of passage that the kids inherited their ancestors’ weapons. He’s dead-on. I know that will have people up in arms about giving kids weapons. They will point out tragedies of kids and firearms. But, I just about guarantee you that Pitt was supervised the same way my brothers and I were.

Brad Pitt explained the gifting of the weapons. ‘My brother got my dad’s. I got my grandfather’s shotgun when I was in kindergarten. The positive is that my father instilled in me a profound and deep respect for the weapon.’

That’s what most kids who grow up around firearms will tell you today. The gun safety taught to them by their parents is beyond anything you learn at a class. Sure, the gun control advocates will seize on this as a reason for stricter controls. I won’t argue the point that there needs to be a sea change with gun culture in the United States.

I think the gun control advocates and the NRA should work together for a sensible set of laws and education initiatives for the country. Screaming at each other from across the aisle accomplishes exactly nothing. And will always accomplish nothing.

Brad Pitt talking about his childhood as he gears up for the release of Fury. You’ve probably seen the teasers everywhere. It tells the story of a Sherman tank commander Sergeant Wardaddy. His tank is cut off, and they face overwhelming odds. You know, typical war movie plot.

Pitt talks about his son, Maddox, on the set of the movie. ‘Maddox knows so much about tanks that when we first started on the movie, I was asking him for information.’

Hopefully Maddox got the chance to drive the Sherman around the block a couple of times. May as well use the famous dad card for something awesome.

Personally, it makes me want to rewatch Band of Brothers. Now that was an epic war mini series. HBO, we need another. Masters of the Air is said to still be in development, so I’m sure I’ll watch that a dozen times when it hits. I’ve seen Band of Brothers about that many times. Don’t judge me, and don’t judge Brad Pitt for having a shotgun at 6 years old.


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