By Joël Valenzuela
Guns: who needs ’em? Should citizenry be permitted to own military-style assault weapons? Should they have guns at all? These are the questions furiously circulating around the public policy world in the wake of several recent shootings, the most notorious of which involved a preschool in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
But there’s a much more important question that needs to be asked, namely: If the average citizen is disarmed, who will suffer the most? The answer: minorities and women. Case in point:Django Unchained, a modern spaghetti western set in the pre-Civil War South. Leave it to Quentin Tarantino to inadvertently address a point much beyond the obvious, heavy-handed anti-slavery narrative.
Django Unchained follows the epic transformative journey of Django (played by the magnetic Jamie Foxx), a freed-slave-turned-bounty-hunter on a quest across the American South to free his captive wife. He and his German immigrant liberator/partner work as bounty hunters, hopping from plantation to plantation, ferreting out (and terminating) fugitives from the law. All the while, they must face the strong taboo of a free, armed black man riding a horse with pride, speaking his mind without fear. The story takes them to the plantation of Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a vicious slave owner who holds Django’s wife captive. After attempting to free her through negotiation, the bounty hunter duo ends up in a brutal firefight. It is then that Django fully grows into his role as an avenging angel of his oppressed kin, a six-shooter in the place of a flaming sword.
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