This isn't your average Disney movie. For one, the makers of "Armor of Light," a documentary that explores the morality of being pro-gun, are offering NRA members free tickets in select theaters.
The directorial debut for Abigail Disney — a grandniece of Walt and liberal outlier in the famously conservative family — follows the Rev. Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister and founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Faith and Action, as he breaks with conservative orthodoxy to challenge whether one can be a "pro-life" Christian and also be "pro-gun." For Schenck, it's a journey that pits him against many of his natural followers and jeopardizes his career. Not that that's stopping him.
"One of the phenomenon I've witnessed in this discussion is the inversion of arguments. For example, for our pro-life community, we argue that whether or not abortion is legal or not, is not the last answer, because we appeal to a higher moral law to answer that question. Now we have the reversal of that. Our same people are saying, 'The final word on this is the Constitution and the law, which allows me to use a firearm and to bear arms, to own countless weapons and endless amounts of ammunition and the law says I can, so therefore I will,'" Schenck said, adding, "That's not how we answer the pro-life question. ... I'm not really interested in the legal or policy questions about guns."
The movie, which opens in limited nationwide release Friday, including in the District, is free to NRA members and a guest upon presenting a membership card at theaters in Denver, Fayetteville, Ark.; Houston, Tampa, Fla.; Dallas and Atlanta. Theaters and showtimes can be found at armoroflightfilm.com/screenings.
Disney said it is a sincere effort to find common ground. "We really want them to come," she said.
Schenck said their collaboration on the film and the issue is just one example of how people can come to together across the political spectrum to address important issues.
"Probably five years ago, the only conversation Abby and I would have had would have been across the police tape at a demonstration. And now I would call Abby one of my best friends," he said.
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