TOWNHALL.COM –April 26, 2020 – These days, television entertainment shows depict gun owners either as buffoons or criminals. They never portray regular civilians using guns to save lives, and instead like to show firearms falling into the wrong hands.
On Friday’s episode of “The Blacklist,” a robber fatally shoots a young woman working at a convenience store. A minute earlier, the woman had been admitted to the college of her dreams.
The robber obtains his gun through what the show calls a “classic straw purchase.” The gun maker is warned of the straw purchase, where the gun was being purchased on behalf of someone else who was prohibited from buying a gun, but the president of the company demands that it proceed.
This episode, which had 4.83 million viewers, describes the criminal’s handgun as “the gun of choice for violent young criminals” because it is the “cheapest 9mm on the market.” According to the show, the gun maker is trying to “flood high crime neighborhoods with cheap guns.”
When the news media blames the gun maker for the young woman’s death, the company thinks that the solution to its PR problem is to wrap itself in the 2nd Amendment. The company puts out a press release announcing a $250,000 donation to the NRA. This is a highly unorthodox PR tactic, which doesn’t appear to have ever occurred in real life.
The show misses any sense of balance. Poor people are the most likely victims of violent crime and stand to benefit the most from the availability of inexpensive guns. Poor blacks, in particular, need to have the option to legally protect themselves and their families.
In fact, drug gangs, the biggest perpetrators of urban crime, who regularly use guns as part of their job don’t want to buy the least expensive guns.
In the episode, FBI agent Donald Ressler claims to be an NRA member and talks about the purpose of the 2nd Amendment to protect a “well-regulated militia.” But this was just one reason for the 2nd Amendment, and there are more timeless reasons for why the founding fathers believed in an armed citizenry. [full article]