“Assaulted” Documentary May Show the Way for Future Pro-Gun Efforts

There’s no shortage of pro-gun control propaganda being pushed by the media these days. Just flip on any news channel from NBC to CBS to CNN (where last night one of the presenters said “after the break we will discuss how to win the War on Guns”) and you’ll see a slow and steady march towards firearms newthink. One project, a Kickstarter-funded documentary called “Assaulted,” is trying to provide some balance to that propaganda by introducing the stinging bitch-slap of history, showing how gun control really got to the place it is today. The producers are raising funds to finish the project in time to still be relevant to the national debate that’s raging. And while that may be a worthy effort in and of itself, it might be the way of the future for gun rights advocacy as well . . .

The project is already in the can, they’re just looking for some cash to finish it on time. What’s been incredible to watch is that 24 hours ago they were still $10,000 away from their goal, but every hour seems to bring them closer. When I wrote this around midnight, they had already halved the distance. I get the impression that a mention by the rather large Facebook page for the Firearms Policy Coalition hasn’t hurt their numbers any.

While this is a single project, the fact remains that they’ve been able to raise enough money from social media and the like to produce a quality product on the same level as anything the gun control advocates could put together. Instead of single donors giving large heaps of cash or using their personally-controlled media networks to produce their message, the producers of Assaulted relied on individuals to fund their project. Close to 1,000 of them so far, actually.

Social media has made significant inroads into how people get their news. It’s begun to overtake the entrenched media as a trusted source, and it looks like the same thing is happening to longer format media. Instead of the traditional production companies (MGM or Universal and others) being in charge of the message, anyone with an idea and a computer can get (almost) the same level of funding as the “big boys” and get their message out there. In a world where a great idea can gather enough backers to get produced, anything is possible.

It’s a brave new world out there. One where the lack of money doesn’t mean you can’t be heard. It’s something I think is responsible for the quick pre-vote death of the latest federal AWB, and I look forward to what else it can do for the pro-gun movement.

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About Nick Leghorn

Nick Leghorn is a gun nerd living and working in San Antonio, Texas. In his free time, he's a competition shooter (USPSA, 3-gun and NRA High Power), aspiring pilot, and enjoys mixing statistics and science with firearms. Now on sale: Getting Started with Firearms by yours truly!

13 Responses to “Assaulted” Documentary May Show the Way for Future Pro-Gun Efforts

  1. avatarPascal says:

    $1478 left to go, if you guys have not donated, $10 is all that is needed to get this over the top. Between the inital and finish project I donated $100

  2. avatarBLAMMO says:

    Why is there a deadline on this?

    This project will only be funded if at least $70,000 is pledged by Sunday Feb 17, 2:59am EST.

  3. avatarboardsnbikes says:

    $300 to go.

  4. avatarSam C says:

    $38 left

  5. avatarBrian S says:

    It was just under 70k, but the time I finished the process of donating it has crossed the 70k threshold :)

  6. avatarJim R says:

    This is the kind of stuff we need.

    So far they attack and all we do is defend, defend, defend. And defense is good. But you can’t expect to win the fight if you don’t fight back.

  7. avatarBen H says:

    Thanks for the bump on this Nick. I can’t wait to see the end result.

  8. avatarAccur81 says:

    Are they funded yet? I think my wife and I have donated about $200, but I’ve lost track because we’ve been hit up so many times. I’m looking forward to my movie and T – shirt. A little truth and perspective would greatly benefit us after all of the “common sense” from the media.

  9. avatarJohn says:

    I wish we had the money that big pharma has to make sure nobody ever discusses the fact that 99% of mass shooters are on psych-meds.

  10. avatarJohn says:

    Thank you for linking this! I had let the project slip my mind. Glad we could reach their goal.

  11. avatarJMS says:

    Very cool. A producer credit would be baller, but I’ll be happy just supporting the project a little and getting a DVD of it in the mail :-)

  12. avatarLance says:

    Agreed new media out maneuvers old liberal media.

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