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There’s no doubt in my mind that the producers of Lifetime’s Dance Moms encouraged or at the very least enabled a dance number featuring a leotard of pre-pubescent prancers leaping around with golden guns. Last night’s “Children with Guns” piece was unnecessary, inflammatory and vulgar. Which created exactly the kind of “must see” (i.e. train wreck) TV that makes the reality genre so incredibly profitable. The fact that there hasn’t been a chorus of WTFs coming from the usual gun control advocates (yet) tells you how far we’ve come on the gun rights issue in recent years. Or does it? The complete lack of muzzle control or trigger discipline set the cause back by a good ten years. Either that or reality TV osmosis has made me a drama queen. Again.

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  1. She’s got her finger on the trigger and these silly little kids had zero muzzle control and broke the most important gun safety rule.

  2. “Children with Guns”
    — The whole twisted TV idea is really gross as is the gender raunch culture I suspect this garbage is somehow related too.

  3. My family was watching it last night… I walked in, and immediately started ranting about trigger discipline. They all looked at me funny…

    • Okay, so some quick research tells me the guns were not real. So, what exactly is the problem here?

      If it is taboo to point a prop gun at another person we will have to say goobye to: crime dramas, war flicks, zombie films, tactical training classes, etc.

      Do I really have to explain this?

  4. They needed to show more fake muzzle control and ersatz trigger discipline with those phony guns, or someone could have pretended to get shot.

    • ^This. A non-gun is not a gun. An unloaded gun isn’t going to shoot anyone. Rules are arbitrary decisions that are hopefully correct more often than not.

    • All those performances of “Annie Get Your Gun” and no one said a thing…
      “Treat every toy gun as if it is always loaded with rubber darts.”
      “Never aim a toy gun at any thing you wouldn’t find amusing if it had a rubber dart stuck to its forehead.”

  5. My previous comment got lost, so here goes again.

    Some quick research reveals those were, indeed, fake guns. So, what exactly is the problem here?

    If it is taboo to point a prop gun at another person we will have to say goodbye to:
    -crime dramas
    – Westerns
    – war movies
    – zombie flicks
    – self defense/tactical training classes
    – etc. etc.

    I am more than a bit baffled at the objections being raised by the Armed Intelligentsia on this one.

    • Yea, I know. It’s really getting old every time someone with a fake / unloaded gun gets screamed at for how they’re holding it. It’s great evidence that the hoplophobes have left their mark on gun enthusiasts, where gun owners are constantly scared of their own guns for fear that an unloaded / fake gun might “go off” and cause some bad press.

  6. Dance Moms, sorry I am not a fan of child pornography and sexual exploitation so I do not watch it, nor expect much from it’s producers or “stars”.

  7. I’ve come across two very positive depictions of gun use on TV in the last couple of weeks. On Blue Bloods, Danny, the detective played by Donny Wahlberg, teaches his young son the four rules of gun safety. And on the Emmy-winning (meaning Hollywood-approved) sitcom, Modern Family, Claire, the control-freak mom, is shown firing a pistol at the local indoor range to relieve stress. The scene in Blue Bloods is a nuanced and realistic depiction of the watershed decision to educate a child about firearms instead of pretending there isn’t one in the home. The scene in Modern Family makes firing a pistol look like something a suburban mom might do for fun. Unexpected but pretty cool.


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