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Letting the fake bullets fly

Thursday, March 07, 2013 - Updated: 4:50 PM

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, many politicians on both sides of the aisle pointed the finger at the entertainment industry.

There's too much violence on television, in the movies and video games, and it's desensitizing our children, they said. Hollywood must stop glorifying guns and violence, they ranted during interviews and speeches.

Here's what they didn't say:

Stop the violence on television, in the movies and video games ... unless it makes money. Then, by all means, let the fake bullets fly.

That's the message from Albany, which has amended the toughest gun control laws in the nation to reassure movie and TV producers they can continue to film gun battles on Manhattan streets. Also, the amendment allows real guns -- without real bullets -- to be used during filming.

Even Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who led the movement to toughen the state's gun control laws after the Newtown, Conn., shootings, backed the exemption.

Cuomo also wants to expand film and TV tax credits already offered to lure the entertainment industry, which has spent more than $7 billion in the state since the breaks were introduced in 2004.

"We spend a lot of money in the state bringing movie production here, post-production here, so obviously we would want to facilitate that," Cuomo said.

We bet he does.

The governor is unwilling to listen to New Yorkers opposed to the gun control laws. He turned a deaf ear to the thousands of angry residents who protested last week at the Capitol in Albany.

However, he had no problem hearing the demands of the entertainment industry.

Of course, it's understandable.

Any good Democrat knows it helps to have the support of Hollywood when you're running for president.

-- The Corning Leader

     

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