FRONTLINE released a report called “Gunned Down: The power of the NRA” last night. After viewing it, I wouldn’t say that it’s an outright hit piece but there’s no doubt that it is critical of the nation’s gun lobby while also being sympathetic to the gun-control cause.
I suppose that’s what one can expect from PBS. As I was watching it, I wrote down five brief observations. Here they are:
1. Man, I miss Charlton Heston and his “stentorian” voice.
2. Wayne LaPierre is a badass lobbyist, even more skillful, intelligent, and cunning than I had previously thought.
3. The NRA defeated Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election and it still feels as sweet today as it did back then.
4. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” True then, true now. Though, I prefer to say the “optimal way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
5. I’m proud to be an NRA member.
In addition to the main piece, FRONTLINE did a online Q&A with filmmaker Michael Kirk. Below are the videos: