The two knuckleheads who made this video call it a “social experiment.” That’s probably generous. Perhaps they set out the see if there was a racial component to the reactions of people at whose feet a gun is dropped as they stroll down the avenue. Maybe they thought the gun tossers’ fashion choices would matter. One of the gat droppers is dressed more business casually than is the other dood with the backwards baseball cap. Not that there’s really any discernible difference in the reactions of the passers by in this small sample. If this proves anything, it’s that no one wants to be around people who are recklessly cavalier with their firearms. And that a surprising number of them are willing to help someone who asks for it. What’s your take?

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40 Responses to Question of the Day: What Does This Video Prove?

  1. Since that cheap plastic sound is so easily discernible, it wouldn’t bother me at all. Not the smartest thing to do in public though.

      • But they’re not all just dropping the “gun”. On a couple of them, they then pick up the gun and accost the passerby.

        Someone could easily interpret that as a clumsy mugger trying to recover and continue. The whole idea seems foolish and unenlightening, and potentially dangerous.

  2. “I’m kind of jittery, I just robbed a bank”
    Really?
    It appears they were not really getting the response they wanted so they started upping the stupidity.

  3. Amazing they can do this and not get hassled while schools get locked down because somebody walking by was wearing a green jacket or carrying an umbrella and cops will hop fences to shoot leashed dogs.

    But wander public streets chasing people and tossing guns around? Nobody notices.

  4. Sad really. As with some of the insane clown “jokes” there will be a time when someone gets shot. Deadly stupid.
    Notice nobody cleared the gun.

    • There is at least one video of a guy walking around Brooklyn asking random hoods if they want to buy a gun. He gets drawn on at least once in the process.

    • Yup. Not one., and most were clumsy holding it. Noticed halfway through I was watching for same. I guess thats a side benefig of reading so much TTAG….

      You’d figure out of that many there would be one vet with a ingrained good habit.

  5. I thought they were just gonna drop it and keep walking, you know, like in the wallet videos.

    “Hey friend, you dropped your gun!”

  6. This is nothing. There are many videos where “pranksters” approach random citizens at night with scary masks on and fake weapons painted to look real, and then the citizens usually run away in fear.. It’s unbelievable. I don’t know if they’re doing it in cities that don’t allow CCW but I can tell you that if someone approached me at night with a shotgun, a Jason hockey mask, and proceeded to aim it at me; they would receive several rounds to the chest.

  7. I think a better ‘social’ experiment would be to go to a spot that allows open carry, then see how people react towards different races of people both dress as business casual, and more casual. I think in this video’s situation, the result is going to be the same for both of them: most people would be nervous around any person, irregardless of the way they look, with that kind of irresponsible gun ownership and handling.

    • I was going to say the exact same thing. These people just wanted to get stupid responses.They could care less about any social experiments.

  8. Jeez. It was funny in a millenialish way. I suppose to mock pc sensibilities….

    But clearly there were a handful who were NOT shocked, or panicky, and clearly recognized the possibility of a bad situation, and calmly but warily walked out of it.

    That says something about SA and 3Ss, and practiced response, that didnt fit the humor, or mocking.
    Actually more interesting data.

  9. Ya know, now that we controlled for race…notice how red cap got a lot more scared responses than nice shirt? Looks like people aren’t scared of armed blacks, just blacks who may potentially be gang members based on attire.

  10. Clearly not a single person *shown* in this video is the least bit familiar with guns. I would have either stepped on it or kicked it away. If I picked it up I would’ve cleared it and asked if he has a permit. I do wonder what responses they did not show, because I doubt they would have shown an appropriate response.

    • This neighborhood is in north hollywood, a “diverse” area. Anyone notice the guys on corner, wheree the pretty black woman in dress ran towards. Pretty wary, probably since two lit up little pipes after…and the group of black guys all on cells scanning the street, down the other way?

  11. What to say about this video? So many things, I don’t even know where to start…

    1) Even thought this kind of video could be dangerous (like all “clown jokes” and such), it’s mainly the result of people having way too much time in their hands. But somehow, it’s quite inevitable with a society where we will have less and less work because production of goods and services will be done by automation and robots.

    2) But unfortunately, it’s also the result of the new youth where everyone want to be “famous”, even if it’s by a a stupid youtube video… pushing always the limits further and further to get more attention and views from the other channel.

    3) However, the test per se is interesting because we can clearly see a difference of reaction between both people… at first regarding the “look” of the person, but also to his behavior. Casual clothes and proper behavior will not scare others as much as “gang-ish” look and behavior.

    4) Nonetheless, it also shows clearly this is _NOT_ a matter of race whatsoever. It mainly depends on how people are reacting to guns. Some like us here, will just say: “Hey man, you dropped your gun”… and keep walking. While some MDA members will just run away screaming for help.

    5) Once again, this is not about guns.

  12. The drop @ 1:54 … two girls locked in their cell phones didn’t notice a thing. Talk about situational awareness / i.e., victims who just haven’t happened yet.

  13. I found

    “Chip Bennett says:
    November 22, 2014 at 17:21

    I found nothing whatsoever “funny” about the video.”

    to be quite correct.

    Kinda sickening in fact! Way beyond stupid, actually.

  14. So, this two aspiring “videographers” wanted to test people’s reactions to a gun being dropped? Really? Key&Peele clearly have nothing to worry about!

  15. Why does it keep falling apart every time they drop it ??? I don’t have any guns that fall apart if you drop them, although I never have …

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