- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Republican Leader Dick Armey of Texas blasted
filmmaker Spike Lee again Sunday for his ``totally outrageous`` comment
that the president of the National Rifle Association Charlton Heston should
- ``Charlton Heston does not deserve that
kind of a cheap shot from this second-rate movie producer,`` Armey told
Fox News Sunday.
- Lee, asked what he would do to combat
violence in the United States, was quoted in Saturday`s New York Post as
saying the NRA should be disbanded and Heston should be shot ``with a .44-caliber
Bulldog`` magnum pistol.
- He made the comment last week, at a screening
of his new movie, ``Summer of Sam,`` at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
- Heston, a veteran Hollywood actor known
whose roles have ranged from Moses to cowboys, and his pro-gun organization
have come in for fierce criticism in recent weeks after school shootings
in Colorado and Georgia.
- ``It seems Spike Lee is obviously more
stupid than you can be by accident. He doesn`t have a bit of an idea of
what he`s talking about. His comment on the president of the NRA was totally
outrageous,`` Armey said.
- Armey, in a statement Wednesday, demanded
Lee ``apologize immediately`` to Heston and the NRA and called on ``liberal
elites`` to condemn Lee`s ``embrace of violence.``
- ``Spike Lee must know that many youth
look to him as a role model,`` Armey said. ``I hope no child in America
takes his comments as an encouragement to use violence to settle disagreements.``
- The Republican-controlled Congress is
debating a number of gun control measures in response to the school shootings.