When Katie Couric’s gun control documentary, Under the Gun, debuted at Sundance on January 24, one thing was clear: Couric forewent any attempts at political balance.
The documentary is comprised of a series of interviews with families who have lost loved ones in mass shootings, interspersed with an emphasis on how the NRA gained the power to continue to stifle any substantial gun control at the federal level.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), “Though [Under the Gun] has some room for arguments from both sides, the level-headed film isn’t in any way balanced politically.” And proof that THR has interpreted the film correctly is only a click away.
For example, a quick visit to the Under the Gun webpage provides a list of film “partners.” They include Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly’s Americans for Responsible Solutions, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Michael Bloomberg-funded groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and Mark Barden’s Sandy Hook Promise.
Sandy Hook Promise is the gun control group for whom country singer Tim McGraw held a fundraiser in July. The group’s founder, Mark Barden, is the Sandy Hook parent who introduced President Obama when he made his executive gun control announcement on January 5. Barden also appears in Couric’s Under the Gun.
The continued use of Sandy Hook Elementary School as the cornerstone of the push for expanded background checks is perplexing at best, disingenuous at worst. Background checks were already in place when the Sandy Hook shooting occurred; they did not stop Adam Lanza because he opted to go around background checks by stealing his guns.
Politico summarized the documentary this way:
Under the Gun, executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric and directed by Stephanie Soechtig, [premiered Sunday] at the Sundance Film Festival. The film follows families who have been impacted by gun violence, including former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who survived a gunshot wound to the head in January 2011. In exploring the political power of the National Rifle Association, the film spoke with advocates on both sides of the issue, but the NRA declined to participate
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