Through these different revisions, I'd been twisting my imagination into a veritable pretzel in an attempt to rationalize something unequivocally absurd.
For the sake of comparison, I revisited Full Metal Jacket to see if that film's soldiers practiced the same firearms safety. In a word-- Nope.
The filmmakers sell the movie with a gun-driven plot, multiple guns on the poster, then embark on pushing a cartoonish stereotype of 'gun nuts', or anyone who believes in defending themselves against violent crime.
I honestly believe this is one of those '80s movies that could not get made today, particularly at HBO.
Oh, sure, they may be bad-ass killers, but, when it comes right down to it? They're really just victims. How stylish.
No more Mr. Nice Guy.