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Gun Fight (2011)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary  |  13 April 2011 (USA)
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John Aquilino Sr. ...
Himself - Former Director, NRA Public Education
Jillian Bandes ...
Himself - Reporter, Roll Call
Glenn Beck ...
Himself
Larry Beyah ...
Himself - Actor & Teacher, Freedom Theatre
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Himself - Mayor, New York City
Scott Charles ...
Himself - Trauma Outrach Coordinator, Temple University Hospital
Seung-hui Cho ...
Himself - Virginia Tech Gunman (archive footage)
John Feinblatt ...
Himself - Criminal Justice Coordinator, City of New York
Richard J. Feldman ...
Himself - Author & Former Regional Political Director, NRA
Gabrielle Giffords ...
Herself - Representative, Arizona (archive footage)
Andrew Goddard ...
Himself - Colin's Father
Anne Goddard ...
Herself - Colin's Mother
Colin Goddard ...
Himself - Former Student, Virginia Tech
Amy Goldberg ...
Herself - Chief of Trauma Surgery, Temple University Hospital (as Dr. Amy Goldberg)
Alan Gottlieb ...
Himself - Founder, Second Amendment Foundation
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In the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shooting, Oscar winner Barbara Kopple takes an in depth look at the issue of gun rights and gun control. She interviews both gun and anti-gun advocates in an effort to shed some light on this not-quite black-and-white issue. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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Powerful advocacy
15 April 2011 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

"Gun Fight" is an excellent example of how a film maker can express a point of view without ever stating it overtly. "Gun Fight" has no narration. But by selection of material, the film manages to articulate a powerful position through the selection of footage and the persons who appear on screen.

In "Gun Fight", the gun owners shown on screen are white paranoids or black thugs. Gun owners are shown in groups, listening to Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. Those opposed to guns are seen as individuals, thoughtfully expressing their opinions. Gun owners are white and fat, and are associated with neo-Nazism and Confederate symbols. Gun opponents are articulate academics.

Only one attractive and thoughtful advocate for the right to carry a gun legally appears in the film. He is a Virginia Tech graduate student, he receives less than 1 1/2 minutes of screen time and disappears completely from the film before it hits the nine minute mark. After that it's all respectable gun opponents and disreputable gun owners.

It's simple anti-gun propaganda. Those who agree with the film's position will find it moving and thoughtful. Those who disagree won't watch it. No complaints from me -- this is America and people are allowed to state their opinions.


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