Skip to comments.HBO Documentary Gunfight: Anti-Gun Sandbag Job
Posted on 04/14/2011 5:09:35 AM PDT by marktwain
Well, I gave Oscar-winning documentarist Barbara Kopple the benefit of the doubt. After watching Gunfight on HBO, I can state without equivocation that it was a heavily tilted, barely disguised polemic presenting the argument for gun control. In fact, you could call it the Colin [Goddard] and Paul [Helmke] Show . . .
Goddard, the high-cheekboned gun control advocate who survived the Virginia Tech massacre, was clearly the star of the doc. His experience opened the film and closed it. And ran all the way through it. The President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence played best supporting crusader; Kopple turned to Paul Helmke for narrative sound bite action no less than ten times.
Sympathetic is just a word. Lets just say that The Brady Campaign will be using this documentary for fund-raising for years to come, without feeling the slightest need to counter any of the statements made by pro-gun people in the film. Except, of course, to mock them.
That wont be hard. At all. The pro-gun folks were, as predicted, OFWG (Old Fat White Guys). With the exception of, wait for it, Sarah Palin. But we did get to hear the immortal line (so to speak) Jesus Christ supported the right to carry.
If Koppel was going for balance, introducing the pro-gun side of the program with a movie montage edited to portray gun enthusiasm as a homo-erotic phallocentric fetish (e.g., Chuck Connors rapid-firing his rifle from crotch level) wasnt going to get it done.
Nor was giving airtime to an academics (later) claim that the OFWG gun owners (representing the NRA) were angry about blacks and immigrants taking their country away from them, which gave birth to an insurrectionist Second Amendment movement, which unleashed Timothy McVeigh on the world. See? Theres the building. And McVeigh wanted to stop the ATF, with an office inside, from grabbing his gun.
Kopples use of news footage was, perhaps, her most blatantly biased technique. While we did get news clips of the Supreme Court gun rights rulings, Koppel sampled the media again and again to express the inexpressible (her bias against gun ownership). The threat of an armed militia MUST be real: Newsweek had it on the cover! Fox News, always good for a laugh, was notable by its absence.
As predicted, the man tapped to give the film its objectivity, Richie Feldman, was mostly used to kick the NRA in the balls. Which the former NRA lobbyist did, but good. While I agree that the NRA is a fear-mongering fund-raising machine, set in the context of Gunfight, I found myself cheering for Wayne LaPierre. Note to new readers: thats not something I do very often.
Other than that, your five-minute takeaway: Kopple put the gunshow loophole squarely in her sights. She allowed a blatant falsehood to underpin her fascination. Some smooth-talking guy said Its no secret how guns get in the hands of criminals . . . The gun show loophole is another very common way. Uh, no. Less than three percent of firearms used in crimes are purchased at gun shows.
Facts schmacts. For me, the films highlight was a visit with two inner city gang bangers. The masked men displayed their jawns without a HINT of muzzle discipline. At the end of the tour, one of them seemed to be scratching his Johnson with the business end of a .22, as he talked about where his survivors planned to put his Darwin Award. Or something like that.
I reckon I deserve an award for sitting through this rubbish. Not that I expected any more from Koppel. The fact that she only made a half-assed attempt to hide her obvious anti-gun leanings speaks volumes about the elitism that infuses the gun control movement. Which is a blessing, I suppose.
There is certainly a concerted effort to effectively take away the right to own arms by requiring government registration of every transfer (the ill-named "gun show loophole"). If the government know what you've got and can take it at any time, you don't really own it, and half the 2nd Amendment is fully infringed.
I saw the listing for that tripe last evening and it reminded me to remove HBO from my preferences this AM. I will find something else to spend my money upon then a company that promotes this blather and Maher.
I quite HBO a long time ago.....I feel comforted that not one thin dime I have earned went to their propaganda.
This guy needs to attend some SASS shooting matches. Old Fat White Guys are dangerous. They may be too fat to run and too old to fight but that just means they’ll kill you without a second thought.
I watched it.
I thought gun owners, gun sellers and the NRA came off looking good. Gang bangers shot full of holes. Not so much.
It’s the same insanity that gun controllers blame the gun, not the shooter.
Gloria: Do you know that sixty percent of all deaths in America are caused by guns?
Archie Bunker: Would it make you feel any better, little girl, if they was pushed out of windows?
I quite HBO a long time ago.
I’m about to join you. HBO is way left wing.
But, let me guess: not a word about how many lives might have been saved by one armed student or employee.
The ONLY All in the Family episode I ever watched. Way too lib for me.
Ranks right up there with SAY GOODBY and THE GUNS OF AUTUMN in propaganda, along with other anti-gun TV series episodes of that time.
That's only possible if you have a pistol grip on a black plastic rifle.