|Vol. 6, No. 21||6/4/99|
Lee claims, however, he was only joking around when he said, "Shoot him (Heston) -- with a .44 caliber Bulldog." Mr. Heston, who years ago took on rapper Ice-T and Time Warner for its promotion of the artist's offensive lyrics in the song "Cop Killer," was quick to retort, "I know at the time that Ice T threatened to kill me. Maybe he has handed the contract to Spike Lee."
One has to wonder where is the outrage among those who are always so quick to demonize NRA by falsely accusing us of promoting violence. We can all imagine the outcry if the roles of the respective players in this sad episode were reversed, and at least one public figure has made this same observation. House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Tex.) accurately surmised, "If the tables were turned, and Charlton Heston made a similar remark, the airwaves would be filled with liberal elites taking Heston to task. I trust these same liberal elites will join me in condemning Spike Lee's embrace of violence." We wish that were so, Mr. Majority Leader, but to date, the silence among those "liberal elites" has been deafening.
NRA's calls to reach Mr. Lee have gone unreturned.