Quincy M.E.: Season 7, Episode 10

Guns Don't Die (13 Jan. 1982)

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When a series of murders committed by the same gun, but by different killers, crosses his table, Quincy goes on the hunt for the gun and investigates the problems surrounding hand gun ownership.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Willie McCracken
Anthony Costello ...
'Slammer' Angelini
Pawnshop Owner
Richard Minchenberg ...
Jody St. Michael ...
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When a series of murders committed by the same gun, but by different killers, crosses his table, Quincy goes on the hunt for the gun and investigates the problems surrounding hand gun ownership.

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Mr. Niles at the end said he bought the hand gun 8 or 9 years ago but was stolen a couple of months later. Then, when talking to his wife, he says it's been gone for five years. See more »


Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.: Guns don't die. But people do.
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Imitation if NOT the most sincere form of flattery--it's just ripping off someone else's ideas!
21 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Guns Don't Die" is an episode of "Quincy" from 1982 and it's clearly a copy of the "Hawaii Five-O" episode "Diary of a Gun" from 1975. Normally, I might say the two shows are similar but here it's so similar that I can't help but think this one is just a ripoff of the earlier show. On top of that, "Hawaii Five-O" managed to convey the story in a much less preachy and more convincing manner.

This show traces the path of a single 'Saturday Night Special' (a cheap gun intended for robberies and non-sporting uses) during a VERY short period of time. From the first incident where someone is shot, the gun goes on with different owners to kill others again and again. As I said, this idea is right from "Hawaii Five-O". It also is incredibly unrealistic, as this cheap .22 caliber gun is incredibly lethal and accurate--something you wouldn't expect from a gun like this. Plus, it seemed very unrealistic that it went from one crime to another to another so quickly--it must have been some sort of world record for lethality of a gun with each subsequent owner! The bottom line is that although I an not anti-gun, I gave the "Hawaii Five-O" episode an 8. It was well-written and made me think. This "Quincy" show, on the other hand, really was a pale imitation. It also featured levels of preachiness that were amazing--such as when Asten, Quincy and Sam sat around throwing out gun violence statistics--not like they were talking but that they were tossing facts at the audience. Later, Quincy did essentially the same thing as he had a coffee break with Monahan! In other words, the show was NOT entertaining but meant to educate. Why couldn't it have done BOTH?!

"Guns don't die...people do!"

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