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J R. L J.

Entertainment TV's
Bias Against Guns

T

 ' -- bias doesn't just distort news coverage.
 networks have used their primetime entertainment shows to portray gun
rights advocates as dishonest, extremist and unconcerned about the loss of innocent
lives. At the same time, advocates of gun control are portrayed as caring, upstanding
and responsible citizens.
Liberal television executives apparently think that they have the
power to change Americans' attitudes via veiled propaganda on your
television screen. In fact, the sometimes not-so-subtle push for gun
control really seems to have picked up this year.
As I mentioned in a Townhall.com column in mid-July, the most
common bias involves characters making it clear that liking guns
is definitely not cool. It is obviously an old theme going back to the
"MacGyver" series. This spring on 's's "The Crossing," the sheriff 's
young son said, "I don't like guns," when a deputy suggested he
might someday replace his father. The deputy appeared discomforted
by the exchange.
In 's's "Reverie," main character Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi) was
traumatized by the shooting deaths of her sister and niece. The deaths
were played repeatedly throughout the show. In the second episode,
which aired in June, Kint threw a gun into the ocean and explained
that she has had training with guns. When asked why she threw the
gun away, she explained that she "hates guns." This scene touched on
multiple gun control points in just  seconds.
Even the History Channel has gotten in on the act with its "Six"
program about a Navy  team. Despite terrorist threats to family, a
 team member tries to convince his wife that she is safer without
a gun. Jackie Ortiz (played by Nadine Velazquez), the wife of a
 Team  member, asked her husband Ricky Ortiz (played by
Juan-Pablo Raba) to teach her how to use a handgun for self-defense
after his family was threatened by Islamist militants. She explained
that she's worried about defending herself when he isn't around to
protect the family. Ricky refused, claiming that a gun in the home, used by a trained
adult, would endanger the family.
But, despite stiff competition,  might be the worst network of all
when it comes to anti-gun propaganda in its entertainment programming.
Network executives there seem to have given out orders to include some
anti-gun/pro-gun-control mention in its television shows.
Take 's "Taken." This spring, an episode (Season , Episode ) tried to
convey to viewers that gun-free zones work because criminals would obey the bans.
In that episode, Santana (Jessica Camacho) asks former  agent Bryan Mills
(Clive Standen) if he is " with this whole no-guns thing" as they entered a
hospital. Mills replied that it is , because the gun-free zone means that "bad
guys won't have them either."
Do people really think that a group of paid, professional killers couldn't find some
way to get guns into a hospital?

A February episode of 's
"The Black List" (Season , episode )
began with a group of people accusing
a gun maker of providing inexpensive
guns that "have no value to anyone
but criminals." They claimed the
gun maker was profiting "off blood
money," and that gun "sales drive
up homicide rates." There was even
a dig about how the law protects
the gun maker from being sued for
purposefully killing people. The gun
seller's only response
was that everything
he was doing was
perfectly legal. No one
mentioned that poor
people, particularly poor
minorities, are the most
likely victims of violent
crime-and that they
use inexpensive guns for
self-defense.
In February, 's
"Chicago .." showed
no less egregious bias
(Season , Episode ).
Gang members
threatened a small
business owner, whom
a police officer advised
to leave his permitted,
concealed handgun at
home. The owner didn't
follow the instructions
and ended up being
killed by the gang
members, his gun
lying next to his dead body. To leave
nothing to viewer imagination, a later
scene showed surveillance camera
footage of the businessman being
beaten to death because he drew his
gun on the gang members.
You certainly wouldn't know
it from watching the show, but having
a gun is the safest course of action
when confronted by a criminal. The
police can't be there all the time to
protect people. The only message the
program conveyed was that the man
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