Tom Selleck is a spokesperson for NRA.
Political views and the NRA
To promote his film The Love Letter, Selleck was invited to be on The Rosie O’Donnell Show on May 19, 1999. However, he found himself defending an ad in which he appeared supporting the National Rifle Association (NRA) and his position on gun ownership. Selleck said, “It’s your show, and you can talk about it after I leave.” O’Donnell was highly criticized; it was criticism which led her to make an apology to Selleck by saying, “For him feeling embarrassed and humiliated by me, I strongly do apologize to him personally, but I do not apologize for my feelings about the issue of gun control.”
Selleck is a member of the Board of Directors and public spokesman of the NRA. After close friend Charlton Heston stepped down—due to failing health—as the highly visible public spokesman of the NRA in 2003, Selleck has stepped up in comparable manner to succeed him. In 2002, Selleck donated the rifle he used in Quigley Down Under (a custom 13-pound [6 kg], single-shot, 1874 Sharps Rifle, with a 34-inch [86-cm] barrel), along with six other firearms from his other films, to the National Rifle Association, as part of the NRA’s exhibit “Real Guns of Reel Heroes” at the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.
For a number of years, Selleck appeared in television advertising for The National Review (he also subscribes to The New Republic). He endorsed Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Selleck describes himself politically as “a registered independent with a lot of libertarian leanings.” In a 2012 magazine article about his career, he mentioned that he likes the fact that his character on Blue Bloods and his family are visibly practicing Catholics, while adding that he is not very religious himself.
You know, I love Blue Bloods. What a great cop show! I don’t give a rat’s ass about Tom Selleck’s politics. I loved Magnum, P.I. I have liked him in other roles. I don’t really care about his politics. For that matter, I love Joan Baez’s music. I sure didn’t like her politics either. She was way too far out in left field for me. (At least that’s what I told my parents.)
Last night, Lawrence O’Donnell had quite a diatribe on Selleck and challenged him to denounce his NRA membership on the board. I found O’Donnell offensive. He was on his high horse. I dislike the NRA intensely. On the other hand, I would prefer to have someone like Selleck on the board of directors as opposed to some idiot like Ted Nugent. I would think that Tom Selleck had a brain and would lead the organization in the right direction rather than pushing it to the far right limits.
Have I sold my soul because I like the TV show?