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A drastic rise in mass shootings has ripped across the US in recent years. Despite a growing body count and the chorus of outrage that comes with it, America has failed to respond. The film explores why this is and how the firearms industry's lobbying group, the National Rifle Association, has developed a stranglehold on the politics of the issue. Searing and powerful, Under the Gun ultimately gives a human face to a crisis that is scarring the conscience of a nation.
The statement that buying firearms in a private party sale across borders is legal, is a lie. Federal law prohibits anyone, except Federal Firearms License holders, from selling to a person from another state, and even FFL dealers are limited to long guns. Another Federal felony confessed to, committed 4 times, is the straw purchase, buying the guns for someone else. All parties involved could be going to prison, See more »
Leaving the politics out of it, the makers of this are claiming to present a balanced view. It is typical of American rhetoric and the creation of propaganda disguised as fact. Emotional response (and I do empathize with many of the traumatized people that helped create this "documentary") is the most frequently used tool in this film to present opinion, and any facts are only skewed to represent one side of the discussion.
One-sided political rhetoric, which persistently portrays opposition as ignorant, is one of the reasons there is a powerful ultra-right movement. Strong enough perhaps to take control of all our government.
The film does not give equal time, nor give credence, to any opposing viewpoint. It portrays all gun owners as a shill for a political lobby and demonizes, yes, you guessed it, commerce.
If you are an anti-gun activist, you will walk away from this statement feeling warm and fuzzy. If you believe in gun ownership, you may sprain an ankle getting to the phone to call the NRA membership line.
There was no balance, very little fact, no intelligent debate. This will only polarize two already polarized groups. It would have been interesting to see balanced. This wasn't interesting.
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