Reader Joel Thompson writes:
On one of the most gun-grabby networks out there, NBC, they have a TV show called Grimm. Its plot centers on some people having a dual nature, a normal side and a hidden, monster side based off of story book monsters (e.g. Grimm’s fairy tales). This secondary nature is hidden from normal people, but certain individuals, called Grimms, can see them and have the power to police these beasts. Anyway, in the latest episode (watch it here) all the guys wanted to go out and confront some evil monsters, but they couldn’t leave behind the women who could be attacked by a bunch of bigoted, KKK-esqe creatures. Little did the good guys know . . .
that their women had a plan of their own. She was late, when she did appear her explanation was, “sorry I was late, I needed to go pick up some more ammo.” To which one of the good guys exclaimed, “You brought your gun?!” and she responded in the affirmative pulling her heater from her purse. With the addition of a female grimm to the mix, they sent the boys off to go stop the bad guys, implying they were ready to handle anything that came their way.
It may not be a big pro-gun plug, or even an intentional one, but I was surprised to see it make its way onto television, let alone on one of NBC’s networks.
Now that I think about it, there was another episode that had an interesting gun moment in which a family was attacked in their home by the main character. The father in the family tried to make it to his gun safe in his bedroom in order defend his family from the home-invader, but couldn’t get it open in the heat of the moment. He wasn’t portrayed as foolish, or bumbling, but ultimately helpless because his gun kept out of reach. More context might be needed to say what message one might glean from the scene, but the mere fact that there isn’t an altogether negative tone associated with a gun in a family show is surprising.