I have not watched the full documentary. I may or may not do so. For those of you who don’t know, it is a documentary over gun violence in the U.S.A. It is supposed to represent both sides, and it is done by Katie Couric and Stephanie Soechtig.
I want to watch it to see how balanced the documentary is, but from the trailer and reviews it appears to be one-sided. For instance, the trailer opens with an interviewer asking “How do you feel about the fact that a person on the government’s terror watch list can’t board a plane but can buy a gun?”. Right away there is propaganda- or just misleading information- given. First, the terror watch list is known to be faulty. Second, boarding planes is not a right. Bearing arms is a right, and requires due process.
The show then points out that there are more FFL dealers/people than total of Starbucks and McDonalds in the U.S.A. I can’t figure out why this is such a terrifying number? I mean, let’s compare entire markets at least. About 247,000 fast food restaurants are in the U.S.A., while there are only 51,438 retail gun stores. However, the number of these stores do not matter. I just figured I would also quickly find larger numbers for the fun of it since the filmmaker did so.
The trailer doesn’t contain much else, other than a few quotes on how the film is fair on the topic.
According to Katie, the NRA only represents 5% of gun owners. There are about 5 to 6 million NRA members. Let’s go on and say that by their math, 120 million gun owners exist in the U.S.A. You don’t think that it is possible that many of those gun owners support the NRA? I am not a member, but I approve of a lot of what they do. While I am sure there are gun owners that think all gun sales should go through background checks, it is terribly misleading to think that only 5 percent of gun owners approve of the NRA.
This is all for today, and I will consider watching the full documentary. However, I will likely just go on about one or two topics from the film if I do. That way the blog does not become burdened or repetitious. Have a nice day.
Update: I missed J. Kb’s article in February that spoke of this film.
There you will find where he showed a list of official partners of the film. Everytown and quite a few others made the list. Thanks to the comment below for pointing this out.