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Under the Gun (2016)

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A look at the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre where 20 children were murdered at their school by a resentful, gun-obsessed shooter, but led to no changes in American federal gun laws.

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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.

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In the gun debate, truth is the ultimate weapon

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Rated R for some strong language including a crude reference
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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 »

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A propaganda piece, marketed as a documentary
26 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

As a film, Under the Gun is a just an average, slow-moving narrative. What makes it an exceptionally poor piece of film making however, is the fact that it is marketed and described as an objective and balanced documentary on the subject of gun control, when it is in fact nothing of the sort.

This is plain and simple, a propaganda piece. The official website of the film actually comes with links about how to lobby for more gun control laws. At no point does the film attempt to present an actual balanced view on the subject. This is anti-gun propaganda, so thinly veiled that it comes across as lazy.

Recently revealed information showing biased editing of interviews with pro 2nd Amendment activists, intentionally designed to inaccurately make them appear stumped by the questions, is as disappointing as it is not surprising.

This is not journalism, and this is not a documentary. If you are looking for a balanced and fact based documentary on the subject of gun control, this is absolutely not the film for you.


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