Last week I had the chance to attend the Los Angeles premiere of Under the Gun, directed by Stephanie Soechtig and executive produced by Katie Couric. The film examines America’s complex gun problem, from Sandy Hook to the streets of Chicago, and takes aim at the gun show loophole and the country’s most powerful lobby, the National Rifle Association. Although the documentary certainly leans left, the film also gives a voice to gun advocates who hold their right to bear arms dearly. Under the Gun concludes with a positive outlook and a common thread: though we may disagree about guns, we’re (mostly) in agreement that they should stay out of the wrong hands.
On January 8th, 2011 my Congressional Representative, Gabby Giffords, and 18 others were shot at a grocery store in Tucson, AZ. Six people died. Every Tucsonan was devastated, and the memory of that day will always remain with me. Under the Gun begins in Tucson with Gabby, who is alive, but dealing with the effects of her brain injury every day. She is a fighter and an inspiration, but many victims of gun violence aren’t lucky enough to make it out alive. The film notes a troubling fact: after Sandy Hook, in which 20 children and six adults were murdered at school, not a single federal gun law has changed. So what’s stopping the next Sandy Hook from happening?
Under the Gun premieres on Epix on May 15th. Please watch the film, recommend it to your friends and family, and vote on this paramount issue.
And be sure to check out these organizations, which are doing their best in the fight against gun violence: