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Guns in America (Ws)
Guns in America
Ws
Genres: Television, Educational, Documentary
NR     2009     0hr 50min

300 million citizens, 270 million guns, 5 stories, and one thing in common: Gun Nation. National Geographic tells the story of America's connection with guns through the eyes of its citizens. From gangs, to local law enfor...  more »

     
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Genres: Television, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Educational, Documentary
Studio: Nat'l Geographic Vid
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 02/24/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 0hr 50min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Garbage show. Biased and scaremongering.
L. Cox | 10/12/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This particular episode reminds me of the Frontline series on PBS. Horribly biased and full of errors.

Gun owners are portrayed as uneducated rednecks, psychopaths, or scared citizens who live in fear. Gone is the give and take, the DEBATE on the extent or lawfulness of gun laws. The statistics of California (the strictest state) and Texas (the state with the least strict gun laws) should have been used. QUANTIFIABLE information should have been presented.

If you are an educator I would say that it is the high point of irresponsibility to show this episode to a class. Gun ownership is common in America and invariably, a student(s) would know better (or would be taught the issues by a relative) and a teacher would loose all credibility. As an example, NATGEO's definition of an assault weapon is way off. Anyone with access to Wikipedia would soon find out the real definition. This program is full of errors of commission and omission. This leads me to believe that the producers of this program have no interest in a debate but furthering their own views at the expense of public discourse.

This show is crap."
Fair-Minded, but Too General
Jeffery Mingo | Homewood, IL USA | 05/13/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Since views on guns are so polarized, this work tries to speak to audiences with divergent views. It showed an all-American wife and mother who wanted to keep her family safe. However, it also said a person is 22 times more likely to kill a relative than an intruder. It showed gang members and I assume many viewers wouldn't want them to have guns. It quotes the Second Amendment but ends by saying a child accidentally kills him- or herself with a gun every other day. This work reminded me of that hilarious episode of "The Simpsons" on guns. Marge leaves the house in protest of a gun, but then keeps the gun by the end. Homer states, "This gun cost me everything I love except my precious, precious gun!" They show a man who shoots two burglars who were next door, rather than breaking into his home. The 911 respondent told him not to shoot, but he did it anyway, and worse didn't get prosecuted for it. It showed father's spending Father's Day with minors at a gun range. The Rosie O'Donnell in me was totally sickened by that. The work is diverse in terms of gender, race, and age as well. Still, it said nothing new. I doubt most Americans couldn't quote the arguments here. Maybe some government class in a high school could use this, but the work was sooooo general. I usually learn a lot in watching National Geographic works, but this taught me close to nothing. It beat a dead horse in countless ways."