MILWAUKEE – It’s another Beverly Hills gala awards ceremony that has lured actors, models and socialites. They glide across the red carpet and collect goodie gift bags, typically filled with outrageously expensive accessories.
But these bags are stuffed with:
Fishing gear. And. . . shotguns?
“I don’t think anyone has ever seen 20 shotguns on the streets of Beverly Hills,” said Patrick Kilpatrick.
At least not since 1984 with Eddie Murphy.
But this is all the master plotting of Kilpatrick, Hollywood’s veteran bad-ass. Perhaps you recognize the face: as the Sandman, or the agent meant to take out Jack Bauer in Season 4 of “24,” or the serial killer from “Parasomnia.” But Kilpatrick isn’t just an actor who has made more than 100 appearances in action movies or TV shows and started his own film production company.
He is an unapologetic elk hunter and hearty pheasant diner who believes in the rights and the principles of the Second Amendment.
So Kilpatrick was booked for his uniquely titled seminar – Hollywood, Guns, America and our Sporting Life – at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show. His message and purpose are the same:
“Most of my activity in this realm came out of complete and abject frustration with the anti-military, anti-war, anti-American, anti-hunting, fishing and archery, anti-Second Amendment coming out of global Hollywood,” said Kilpatrick. “So I really felt I needed to do something to counter that.”