“Before this film is over … 22 people in America will be shot.” That’s how Katie Couric’s documentary Under the Gun begins, according to people.com. Context? Katie don’t need no stinking context! The fact that most of these firearms-related incidents are suicides and most of the rest are gang-related (in urban areas with “strict” gun control) is neither here nor there. Is it in Ms. Couric’s anti-gun agitprop? As if. What we get is . . .
bloody shirt waving and NRA vilification. Judging from the people.com article and the filmmakers’ interview above, it’s suffused with the same old “The NRA doesn’t really represent gun owners” divide and conquer meme sold by the civilian disarmament industrial complex. Only it’s not quite as complex here. Like this:
From a policy point of view, I think one of the most surprising things was that there’s so many people who are in the NRA whose views are not represented by the NRA’s leadership, and it made me very optimistic that there’s a lot of common ground that we don’t hear about in the debate, that we really rarely hear about in the current debate. So that made me believe that there could be some solution and that many people in this country, even though we think of it as such a polarizing issue, that the majority of people in this country really agree that there are measures that could be implemented that will reduce gun violence in this country. So I found that surprising and a reason to be hopeful.
‘Cause Katie and her co-producer spent so much time with NRA members. What are the odds that Under the Gun contains a single clip (not a magazine) of an NRA member who puts forth a calm, coherent argument that these “measures . . . that will reduce gun violence in this country” are ineffective, unconstitutional and dangerous for individual liberty? How low can you go?
Check out the “awash in guns” lies and disinformation in the LA Times video. There are no depths to which Couric and her Director will not sink. While I haven’t seen it, it’s clear that Under the Gun exploits the suffering of its subjects for the greater glory of its creators. Oh sure, Couric and her Director think they’re social justice warriors giving voice to the voiceless. But we know the truth.
Congratulations on your Sundance premiere. How did it feel to get standing ovations?
Katie Couric: It was very moving. I think people became so invested in these people we profiled, I think to see them walk on the stage, I think they wanted to express support and compassion for these people who are willing to tell their stories and understand the impact of these events on our lives.