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"Winning The Cultural War" By Charlton Heston

An article from 1999 that bears a message in great need of repeating.



Speech by Charlton Heston
"Winning The Cultural War"
Harvard Law School Forum
February 16, 1999

I remember my son when he was five, explaining to his kindergarten class what his father did for a living. "My Daddy," he said, "pretends to be people."

There have been quite a few of them. Prophets from the Old and New Testaments, a couple of Christian saints, generals of various nationalities and different centuries, several kings, three American presidents, a French cardinal and two geniuses, including Michelangelo. If you want the ceiling re-painted I'll do my best. There always seem to be a lot of different fellows up here. I'm never sure which one of them gets to talk. Right now, I guess I'm the guy.

As I pondered our visit tonight it struck me: If my Creator gave me the gift to connect you wi

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  • Great post and a great speech.

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  • gtr1956: "
    Epitope: "
    gtr1956: "
    lasrever: "I agree with a lot of his views -- but not the one on assault rifles and other deadly weapons

    pistols, yeah that's alright -- but he wants no five day background check and prefers loosening existent gun control laws (that are hardly enforced already)"
    You can't legally buy an assault rifle in the US. Are you one of those people that call every semi-automatic rifle an assault weapon? You should get a job at the nearest news stati More..
    my point exactly. Whenever I argue about the assualt rifle ban the L.A. bank shootout always comes up as why assualt rifles should be banned. Nevermind those were illegal full auto AK-47s that were illegal even without the assault rifle ban... the assualt rifle ban does nothing but chip away at our rights by making superficial laws about guns strictly based on how they look. It has nothing to do with the firepower or type of gun they really are."
    I can only agree with you. But some people think that passing another law is going to cause all the guns in the country to disapear. I just hope some of these gun grabbers walk into a robbery situation, then realizes that the police aren't there to help. Hopefully they won't get hurt, but have you seen some of the violent robberies on LL? In this country, even if you are in the right shooting in self defense, your still going to be sued by the worthless perps family. Why, because they are allowed! Well guess what, I carry concealed because I'm allowed!"
    AMEN!!! :D

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  • He comes across very conservative but I actually like this guy alot. He tells it like it is most of the time.

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  • afreegreek: "
    gtr1956: "
    Epitope: "
    gtr1956: "
    lasrever: "I agree with a lot of his views -- but not the one on assault rifles and other deadly weapons

    pistols, yeah that's alright -- but he wants no five day background check and prefers loosening existent gun control laws (that are hardly enforced already)"
    You can't legally buy an assault rifle in the US. Are you one of those people that call every semi-automatic rifle an assault weapon? You should get a job at the More..
    my point exactly. Whenever I argue about the assualt rifle ban the L.A. bank shootout always comes up as why assualt rifles should be banned. Nevermind those were illegal full auto AK-47s that were illegal even without the assault rifle ban... the assualt rifle ban does nothing but chip away at our rights by making superficial laws about guns strictly based on how they look. It has nothing to do with the firepower or type of gun they really are."
    I can only agree with you. But some people think that passing another law is going to cause all the guns in the country to disapear. I just hope some of these gun grabbers walk into a robbery situation, then realizes that the police aren't there to help. Hopefully they won't get hurt, but have you seen some of the violent robberies on LL? In this country, even if you are in the right shooting in self defense, your still going to be sued by the worthless perps family. Why, because they are allowed! Well guess what, I carry concealed because I'm allowed!"
    shoot to kill, it's less expensive that way."
    Good idea, but the family will still come after you in court. You will be drug tested, and depending on the DA in your county, you may STILL be prosecuted to keep the local population from rioting.

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  • I agree with a lot of his views -- but not the one on assault rifles and other deadly weapons

    pistols, yeah that's alright -- but he wants no five day background check and prefers loosening existent gun control laws (that are hardly enforced already)

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  • Suraci: "Since this has turned into a gun debate...

    Last Monday night around 10pm, there was a helicopter buzzing around 150 ft above my house with a bright spot on the apartment complex down the street. It went on for a good 10-15 minutes. I still don't know what went down but my wife and kids had no problem going to sleep knowing I was on the couch watching tv locked-and-loaded.

    They probably would have felt a bit different it I was sitting there with the Energizer Bunny or some Franks Hot Sauce in my hands.
    "
    B More..

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  • popehat: "Ah, common sense - a very rare commodity these days. Every group has it's share of lunatics whether they be left wing or right wing. Both the Republicans and Democrats need more men like this."
    Absolutely. *applauds*

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  • Suraci: "Since this has turned into a gun debate...

    Last Monday night around 10pm, there was a helicopter buzzing around 150 ft above my house with a bright spot on the apartment complex down the street. It went on for a good 10-15 minutes. I still don't know what went down but my wife and kids had no problem going to sleep knowing I was on the couch watching tv locked-and-loaded.

    They probably would have felt a bit different it I was sitting there with the Energizer Bunny or some Franks Hot Sauce in my hands.
    "
    s More..

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  • Ice T was fond of the right to bare arms too it appears.

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  • lasrever: "
    Epitope: "
    lasrever: "I agree with a lot of his views -- but not the one on assault rifles and other deadly weapons

    pistols, yeah that's alright -- but he wants no five day background check and prefers loosening existent gun control laws (that are hardly enforced already)"
    the things they use to define "assualt rifles" are retarded. Full automatic guns were outlawed long before the "assualt rifle" ban came along.

    What constitutes an assault More..
    I think this nation is too reliant on guns, anyway.

    There are such things as mace, taser guns, tasers, bats, martial arts training, knives, etc. Also people should learn more about diffusing violence, in general -- would be a good high school requirement."
    Exactly. Another thing that needs to be considered is the ease with which an AR15 (non automatic fire M16) and other such weapons can be converted to full auto fire.
    http://www.keepshooting.com/booksandvideos/firearmmanuals/ak47_conversion_manual.htm

    It's as easy as getting a kit or a manual as show in that link.

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  • lasrever: "I agree with a lot of his views -- but not the one on assault rifles and other deadly weapons

    pistols, yeah that's alright -- but he wants no five day background check and prefers loosening existent gun control laws (that are hardly enforced already)"
    the things they use to define "assualt rifles" are retarded. Full automatic guns were outlawed long before the "assualt rifle" ban came along.

    What constitutes an assault rifle according to politicians More..

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  • When a cop says "freeze" is it his badge or the gun that makes the bad guy freeze... end of debate...

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  • Epitope: "
    lasrever: "I agree with a lot of his views -- but not the one on assault rifles and other deadly weapons

    pistols, yeah that's alright -- but he wants no five day background check and prefers loosening existent gun control laws (that are hardly enforced already)"
    the things they use to define "assualt rifles" are retarded. Full automatic guns were outlawed long before the "assualt rifle" ban came along.

    What constitutes an assault rifle according More..
    I think this nation is too reliant on guns, anyway.

    There are such things as mace, taser guns, tasers, bats, martial arts training, knives, etc. Also people should learn more about diffusing violence, in general -- would be a good high school requirement.

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  • Yukkione: "
    lasrever: "
    Epitope: "
    lasrever: "I agree with a lot of his views -- but not the one on assault rifles and other deadly weapons

    pistols, yeah that's alright -- but he wants no five day background check and prefers loosening existent gun control laws (that are hardly enforced already)"
    the things they use to define "assualt rifles" are retarded. Full automatic guns were outlawed long before the "assualt rifle" ban came along.

    What consti More..
    I think this nation is too reliant on guns, anyway.

    There are such things as mace, taser guns, tasers, bats, martial arts training, knives, etc. Also people should learn more about diffusing violence, in general -- would be a good high school requirement."
    Exactly. Another thing that needs to be considered is the ease with which an AR15 (non automatic fire M16) and other such weapons can be converted to full auto fire.
    http://www.keepshooting.com/booksandvideos/firearmmanuals/ak47_conversion_manual.htm

    It's as easy as getting a kit or a manual as show in that link."
    ban anything that is made of steel or any steel tubing under 1 inch in diameter!

    Anything semi auto can be modded to full auto. It is called engineering. You can also modify just about any car on earth to go 150mph and end up killing people that way too. Should we outlaw all cars above 50 hp?

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  • popehat: "Ah, common sense - a very rare commodity these days. Every group has it's share of lunatics whether they be left wing or right wing. Both the Republicans and Democrats need more men like this."
    True dat'

    I think we can all find individual issues that we would disagree with Charlton or each other on, but overall we all need to have the courage and backbone to stand-up against our opposition and more importantly, realize that has consequences and be willing to accept those co More..

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  • Yukkione: "
    lasrever: "
    Epitope: "
    lasrever: "I agree with a lot of his views -- but not the one on assault rifles and other deadly weapons

    pistols, yeah that's alright -- but he wants no five day background check and prefers loosening existent gun control laws (that are hardly enforced already)"
    the things they use to define "assualt rifles" are retarded. Full automatic guns were outlawed long before the "assualt rifle" ban came along.

    What consti More..
    I think this nation is too reliant on guns, anyway.

    There are such things as mace, taser guns, tasers, bats, martial arts training, knives, etc. Also people should learn more about diffusing violence, in general -- would be a good high school requirement."
    Exactly. Another thing that needs to be considered is the ease with which an AR15 (non automatic fire M16) and other such weapons can be converted to full auto fire.
    http://www.keepshooting.com/booksandvideos/firearmmanuals/ak47_conversion_manual.htm

    It's as easy as getting a kit or a manual as show in that link."
    Now why in the world would you want to even post links showing how to do it? One more time, LAW ABIDING CITIZENS DON'T ALTER THIER ARMS.

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  • lasrever: "
    Epitope: "
    lasrever: "I agree with a lot of his views -- but not the one on assault rifles and other deadly weapons

    pistols, yeah that's alright -- but he wants no five day background check and prefers loosening existent gun control laws (that are hardly enforced already)"
    the things they use to define "assualt rifles" are retarded. Full automatic guns were outlawed long before the "assualt rifle" ban came along.

    What constitutes an assault More..
    I think this nation is too reliant on guns, anyway.

    There are such things as mace, taser guns, tasers, bats, martial arts training, knives, etc. Also people should learn more about diffusing violence, in general -- would be a good high school requirement."
    but the whole point of the 2nd amendment is to let the people have some defence against an oppressive government.

    Point out a documented time in history when the rights to gun ownership have been taken away and good things came about from it and I'll shut my trap.

    I still have the issue of National Rifleman at my house that has a personal letter from the chief of police of Australia saying the ban on guns there caused a huge spike in crime and robbery. Britain banned handguns over 10 years ago and handgun crime is up about 100% since before the ban. Explain that one...

    One of Hitler's first acts as leader was taking away the right to own guns as well.

    I agree guns cause alot of harm to people. But a tyrant, oppressive government is worse.

    Canadians have guns and almost no gun crime. I think the problem is in the culture, not the guns. Guns don't kill people, people kill people.

    Besides, how many assualt rifles are even used in crimes. Not many thugs have $2,500 to toss down on a nice rifle to go rob 7-11 for 100 bucks...

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  • Took the words right out of my mouth grt1956. ^^^^^

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  • lasrever: "I agree with a lot of his views -- but not the one on assault rifles and other deadly weapons

    pistols, yeah that's alright -- but he wants no five day background check and prefers loosening existent gun control laws (that are hardly enforced already)"
    You can't legally buy an assault rifle in the US. Are you one of those people that call every semi-automatic rifle an assault weapon? You should get a job at the nearest news station in your area, you'll fit right in.

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  • KYOSHOFIEND: "Took the words right out of my mouth grt1956. ^^^^^"
    besides what low life criminal is going to buy a $2,000 AR-15, and then break it open and start messing with it to make it full auto just to commit some petty crimes?

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  • lasrever: "
    Epitope: "
    lasrever: "I agree with a lot of his views -- but not the one on assault rifles and other deadly weapons

    pistols, yeah that's alright -- but he wants no five day background check and prefers loosening existent gun control laws (that are hardly enforced already)"
    the things they use to define "assualt rifles" are retarded. Full automatic guns were outlawed long before the "assualt rifle" ban came along.

    What constitutes an assault More..
    I think this nation is too reliant on guns, anyway.

    There are such things as mace, taser guns, tasers, bats, martial arts training, knives, etc. Also people should learn more about diffusing violence, in general -- would be a good high school requirement."
    There are a lot more people in this country that disagree, that's why the're legal.

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  • however, I do admit that back in highschool a buddy and I modified a .22 ruger rifle to be full auto. Only catch was that it would not stop firing until it was out of ammo. He had a 50 round mag for it too. To say it was fun to shoot was an understatement.

    It shot so fast that every now and then a shell would go off before it was fully seated causing a big mess in the gun. He built and sold ruger rifles at gun shows so he had tons of spare parts though.

    And believe it or not we commite More..

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  • gtr1956: "
    lasrever: "I agree with a lot of his views -- but not the one on assault rifles and other deadly weapons

    pistols, yeah that's alright -- but he wants no five day background check and prefers loosening existent gun control laws (that are hardly enforced already)"
    You can't legally buy an assault rifle in the US. Are you one of those people that call every semi-automatic rifle an assault weapon? You should get a job at the nearest news station in your area, you'll fit ri More..
    my point exactly. Whenever I argue about the assualt rifle ban the L.A. bank shootout always comes up as why assualt rifles should be banned. Nevermind those were illegal full auto AK-47s that were illegal even without the assault rifle ban... the assualt rifle ban does nothing but chip away at our rights by making superficial laws about guns strictly based on how they look. It has nothing to do with the firepower or type of gun they really are.

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  • Hijacked to a 2nd amendment arguement. Oh, well.

    EXCELLENT speech by Mr Heston. Too bad not ONE of the presidential wannabees has 1/2 the common sense of that man.

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  • lasrever: "
    Epitope: "
    lasrever: "I agree with a lot of his views -- but not the one on assault rifles and other deadly weapons

    pistols, yeah that's alright -- but he wants no five day background check and prefers loosening existent gun control laws (that are hardly enforced already)"
    the things they use to define "assualt rifles" are retarded. Full automatic guns were outlawed long before the "assualt rifle" ban came along.

    What constitutes an assault More..
    I think this nation is too reliant on guns, anyway.

    There are such things as mace, taser guns, tasers, bats, martial arts training, knives, etc. Also people should learn more about diffusing violence, in general -- would be a good high school requirement."
    I think we are too reliant on microwaves.

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