New York lures film and TV producers to its state with big tax credits. Since 2004 when New York first started offering these tax breaks, they’ve given back over $1 billion in credits to producers. In return, Hollywood producers have not only contributed to the state’s economy to the tune of $7 billion, but they also make big campaign contributions to the governor and other liberal lawmakers there. They want to keep those tax credits coming. And while they’re reeling in their tax credits from New York, they’re chanting, “Tax the rich!”
As another favor, Governor Andrew Cuomo is now proposing that these Hollywood producers be exempt from the gun ban that was passed in January:
“We haven’t talked about the details of it, but the basic concept of should you be able to use these types of guns in movies? The answer is yes….We spend a lot of money in the state bringing movie production here, post-production here. So obviously we would want to facilitate that….There’s no reason not to make a change like that, to give an industry comfort, especially when it’s an industry that we want doing business in the state.”
So as long as you’re an industry who donates lots of money to the governor’s re-election campaign, you can have “assault weapons.” Movies and TV shows can continue to use semi-automatic rifles that use high-capacity magazines as long as the ammo is fake. They can continue to simulate mass shootings and murder rampages with AR-15s or AK-47s.
Governor Cuomo is perfectly fine with viewers across the world watching “gun violence” portrayed regularly on TV and in theaters and filmed right there in his home state, but in the name of the Sandy Hook children, no one else should be allowed to carry a semi-automatic weapon, and magazines holding more than 7 rounds are outlawed.
Besides, who really needs a 10-round magazine? As Cuomo himself stated rather maniacally in his “State of the State” address before a frenzied audience, “No one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer!”
Unless you’re a Hollywood producer, and the scene requires the use of a 10-round magazine. In fact, maybe the producer wants a 30-round mag. I’m sure that would be fine too.
This isn’t about “saving lives,” another hackneyed theme in Cuomo’s address. It’s about power (gun control) and money (Hollywood).