July 18, 2003


NOT TOO BRIGHT: Just as the Michael Moores of the world got a perverse joy last week when a worker at Lockheed Martin (a target of Moore vituperation in "Bowling For Columbine") opened fired at an LM plant, those who blame Hollywood for gun violence got some ammo Thursday- no pun intended- when a gentleman by the name of Richard Bright stormed into a school board meeting in Charleston, West Virginia, doused several people with gasoline, and then opened fire; thankfully nobody died.
Now the anti-Hollywood forces have two tacks to follow here- first, they could blame wrestling, since the episode of WWE's RAW that aired three days before this featured wrestler Kane pouring gasoline on announcer Jim Ross and BY GAWD SETTING HIM ON FIRE! But not everyone watches wrestling, so option two may be more effective: the shooter in the case has the same name as the actor who played capo/hitman Al Neri in all three "Godfather" films. When an attempted mass murderer happens to have the same first and last name as the man who committed the most famous murder (Fredo Corleone's) in movie history, that just can't be a coincidence. Hey, Coppola used to get sued all the time, but it's been awhile...
Bright (not the actor) has been charged with both malicious wounding and wanton endangerment- two crimes with great names, I'll give him that- though apparently not even Don Corleone can get him out of this mess.

Posted by Stephen Silver at July 18, 2003 07:52 AM
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