Tuesday, January 06, 2015
"Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA" on PBS Frontline
Tuesday night, PBD Frontline offered the one hour film “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA”, with a major link here.
The documentary traced the influence of the gun lobby on the 2000 general election, after Gore had talked about stricter gun registration and background checks. George W. Bush even carried Gore’s own state of Tennessee. Under Bush and a GOP Congress, the NRA (located on US 66 at Route 50, near Fairfax VA) was able to sunset the Clinton assault weapons ban. The NRA hired La Pierre and others not for their knowledge of weapons but as political operatives. The documentary covered the "gun show" loophole extensively.
The documentary had opened with Columbine and then with a review of the shooting of Gabby Giffords in Arizona on Jan. 8. 2011, but focused particularly on Sandy Hook in Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012 toward the end, playing back the 911 calls from the school.
LaPierre (“the only defense to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”) declined to be interviewed for the documentary.