Christian extremists, political conservatives, and gun-nuts are going to be sad about this news. Heston was more than a Hollywood legend; he was a cultural icon and source of inspiration to members of these groups to a degree possibly equaled only by Ronald Reagan. Christians, who often seemed to have trouble realizing that he was not actually Moses, loved him. Conservatives recognized him as one of their own and benefited from his prominence. And of course, gun-nuts found a hero in him.
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