Now that Charlton Heston is dead ... perhaps it's time to pry the gun fromFrom an obituary by Jay Stone in today’s ‘Post’:
his cold, dead hands.
Last night, CTV News anchor Lisa Laflame led a story with video of his NRA "cold, dead hands" speech followed by clips showing him with JFK and Martin Luther King:
Charlton Heston was square of jaw, square of politics and square of acting style....
...remembered both for his Biblical movie epics and for his later role as spokesman for the National Rifle Association and other right-wing causes.
... Eventually, his personal and political life came to define him. A former head of the Screen Actor’s Guild and chairman of the American Film Institute — as well as a Democrat who supported such liberal causes as civil rights — he became more conservative as he aged, eventually becoming associated most closely with gun ownership.
"...Heston was a more complex man than we might have imagined: he supported JFK, marched for civil rights with MLK and was president of the [dastardly] National Rifle Association." (Quoting from memory)
Dawson's remark aside, they seemed to imply that Heston’s work with NRA somehow contradicted his earlier support of ‘liberal’ causes: as a Democrat (like most of Hollywood) he supported civil rights BUT later became an evil gun-nut campaigning for the rights of knuckle-dragging, right-wing gun owners.
To my mind, Heston was being consistent throughout. As a Democrat he campaigned for civil rights guaranteed by the constitution. His later prominence in the fight for the constitutional right to gun ownership was consistent with this philosophy. If he no longer fit with the Democratic Party it was because the Democrats shifted significantly to the left not because Heston moved to the right.
R.I.P. Charlton Heston.