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    Last night, I saw an episode of 30 Days (season 3, installment 5)hosted by Morgan Spurlock. http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/orig...isodeguide.php#

    This is the synopsis of the show:

    PARTICIPANT - Pia Lalli, 39
    RESIDES - Brockton, MA
    OCCUPATION - Aerobics Instructor
    AIRDATE - Tuesday, July 1, 2008


    After Pialearned that her friend had been killed by a schizophrenic man wielding a gun in 1996, she became a gun control advocate who has fought to pass stricter gun laws in the U.S. Pia believes that the world would be free from gun violence only by prohibiting the sale of guns to anyone outside of law enforcement and armed services.

    For 30 Days, Pia will live in the heart of gun culture in the rural town of Leesburg, Ohio with gun enthusiast Ken Ekermeyer, 39, and his 15-year-old son Zach. Ken is an avid gun collector and rarely leaves home without his gun strapped to his side. Ken believes carrying a gun is his right guaranteed to every American by the Second Amendment. As Pia struggles to understand the Ekermeyer's beliefs and somewhat isolated way of life, she will work at a local gun store and experience what it is like to carry a gun in public, learn to handle and fire weapons and will introduce Ken to other gun control activists who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

    My first thought was that thiswas going to be another totally biased presentation. She was completely irrational tobegin with and I couldn't see how thiscould turn out to be anything other thanMichael Moore type fiction.

    It wasn't quite as bad as I thought, andin theend,she was at leastwilling to acknowledge that some people have actually used a gun forsomething other than murdering others...like defending their own lives. She didspend some time working in a gun shop and at a number of shooting rangesand began to become comfortable with the concept that the piece of metal and plastic wasn't going to hurt her.

    On the downside, the selection for the representative for the "gun nation", while seeming like a very nice guy, was a little disappointing for me.

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    buster81 wrote:
    Last night, I saw an episode of 30 Days (season 3, installment 5)hosted by Morgan Spurlock. http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/orig...isodeguide.php#

    This is the synopsis of the show:

    PARTICIPANT - Pia Lalli, 39
    RESIDES - Brockton, MA
    OCCUPATION - Aerobics Instructor
    AIRDATE - Tuesday, July 1, 2008


    After Pialearned that her friend had been killed by a schizophrenic man wielding a gun in 1996, she became a gun control advocate who has fought to pass stricter gun laws in the U.S. Pia believes that the world would be free from gun violence only by prohibiting the sale of guns to anyone outside of law enforcement and armed services.

    For 30 Days, Pia will live in the heart of gun culture in the rural town of Leesburg, Ohio with gun enthusiast Ken Ekermeyer, 39, and his 15-year-old son Zach. Ken is an avid gun collector and rarely leaves home without his gun strapped to his side. Ken believes carrying a gun is his right guaranteed to every American by the Second Amendment. As Pia struggles to understand the Ekermeyer's beliefs and somewhat isolated way of life, she will work at a local gun store and experience what it is like to carry a gun in public, learn to handle and fire weapons and will introduce Ken to other gun control activists who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

    My first thought was that thiswas going to be another totally biased presentation. She was completely irrational tobegin with and I couldn't see how thiscould turn out to be anything other thanMichael Moore type fiction.

    It wasn't quite as bad as I thought, andin theend,she was at leastwilling to acknowledge that some people have actually used a gun forsomething other than murdering others...like defending their own lives. She didspend some time working in a gun shop and at a number of shooting rangesand began to become comfortable with the concept that the piece of metal and plastic wasn't going to hurt her.

    On the downside, the selection for the representative for the "gun nation", while seeming like a very nice guy, was a little disappointing for me.
    I'm sure Pia wasn't the antis first choice, either.

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    Possibly.I didn't think of that.

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    I thought it was a pretty good show. I thought Ken was a pretty good choice, myself. Perhaps he didn't articulate his point of view as well as could be hoped, he did provide a very...immersed point of view. The fact that Pia met with many other people who all added to it made up for any glorious lack of sophisitication that Ken may possess.

    I didn't like seeing Pia carrying a shotgun with her finger in the trigger guard, in spite of the gun being open in an unfirable state. I did like seeing Pia though.

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    He didn't do too badly. At least he didn't say anything stupid...except at the end when he said he might compromise if the legislature came up with a good gun control solution.

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    "...good gun control solution"
    The only "good" gun control solution is the one that results in a tight shot placement pattern.

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    I didn't like that Ken conceded that some form of reasonable gun-control might be ok.

    I just about cried when Pia grounded the muzzle of that nice shotgun on the concrete after she took her first shot. She then went on to lean her body weight on it while she broke down in tears because it was so highly traumatizing for her to take that first shot.

    Then I decided I didn't have to cry. The fate of that shotguns muzzle was worth it just to rewind the video and laugh my head off while she went into tears over the fact that she actually fired a gun and became one of the unclean.

    Curbing that sort of completely irrational and overly emotional response to a firearm is precisely why we need to continue our advocacy, not only from a rights perspective, but from a cultural perspective.

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