HBO will air a gun control-related documentary this coming Wednesday called Gun Fight. Most of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia reckon that Oscar-winning documentarist Barbara Kopple is set to sandbag the gun rights movement. The fact that it will air on the anniversary of the Virginia tech massacre combined with the central role survivor and gun control activist Colin Goddard plays in the film, lends credence to this pre-judgement. Ahead of Wednesday’s debut, NPR has aired an interview with Kopple . . .
in which she professes to have looked at gun life from both sides now, from up and down, from in and out. And still somehow . . . Kopple’s deeply entranced by Goddard’s perspective, to the point of abject hero worship. It gets worse.
When NPR host Liane Hansen asks Kopple if there’s an equivalent focus on a gun rights proponent (3:28), Kopple trots out Richie Feldman as her “balance.”
Mr. Feldman is the author of Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist. The audio clip from his own interview with NPR reveals Feldman as a whole lot less than enamored with the NRA. Here’s a description of Feldman’s anti-NRA animus from NPR:
Former gun lobbyist and National Rifle Association (NRA) insider Richard Feldman explains how he came to believe that the NRA is — as he writes — a “cynical, mercenary political cult.”
Kopple says “he’s in the middle now.” The enemy of my enemy is my friend? Looks that way.
The clip from Gun Fight indicates that Kopple’s given Feldman the role of the gun nut. Of course, Kopple’s audio appearance on NPR, rather than, say, Fox News, tells us pretty much all we need to know about her target audience (so to speak). But not everything. We’ll be watching.