No doubt on the advice of some lawyers or a studio bigshot, Katie Couric has once again felt compelled to apologize for rubbing out some brilliant and incisive comments from a bunch of gun owners that otherwise would have made her Under the Gun documentary and much more balanced, hence valid discussion about guns. But this time, just to make sure we realize the value and intelligence of what ended up on the cutting-room floor, Katie also appended the actual text of what these gun-owning pundits had to say. So to make sure that everyone believes that I am concerned about truth and honesty on both sides (which I’m not, by the way,) I am going to reproduce the exact text of what the VCDL focus group said to Katie, with a brief response from me. Here we go.
Response #1: “Well, one, if you’re not in jail then you should still have your basic rights and you should go buy a gun. If you’re a felon and you’ve done your time, you should have your rights.”
Mike the Gun Guy: So now we have the latest twist on the ‘2nd Amendment gives me the right to own a gun’ nonsense, namely, that we don’t need background checks because, after all, if someone is a felon but has done their time, they should be able to pass a background check and own a gun.
Response #2: “What we’re really asking about is a question of prior restraint. How can we prevent future crime by identifying bad guys before they do anything bad? And, the simple answer is you can’t. And, particularly, under the legal system we have in the United States there are a lot of Supreme Court opinions that say, ‘No, prior restraint is something that the government does not have the authority to do.’ Until there is an overt act that allows us to say, ‘That’s a bad guy,’ then you can’t punish him.”
Mike The Gun Guy: And this windbag, by the way, was identified as an attorney and what he’s saying, of course, is that it doesn’t matter if you tell your ex-wife that she’s getting on your nerves, until you actually threaten to kill her, you can walk around with your gun.
Response #3: “I’ll ask you what crime or what law has ever stopped a crime? Tell me one law that has ever stopped a crime from happening.”
Mike The Gun Guy: Which is why we don’t need a law that compels us to pay our income tax on April 15th. Because without such a law, we would all voluntarily pay our taxes anyway, right?
So that’s what you missed because Katie and Stephanie edited their film. And by the way, these are the same folks who will lecture you at the drop of a hat about all their Constitutional ‘rights.’ And just in case you didn’t know it, the 2nd Amendment is what ‘guarantees’ all the other Constitutional rights.
I continue to find myself wholly unable to understand how people can walk around believing that such utterly, nonsensical drivel can be considered as worth even mentioning in a serious discussion about violence caused by guns. Oops, there I go again, putting forth my own drivel because since when did anyone actually prove a connection between violence and guns?
Remember, it’s not the guns that are violent, it’s the people. And in case you doubt that for one moment, the NRA has been saying it again and again for the last fifty years so it must be true. And if you don’t believe the NRA, then the least you can do is respect people like the group interviewed by Katie because, for sure, they are committed to a serious and thoughtful exchange of ideas. And I’m committed to buying another gun.