REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms
THE Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult staff members.
That day, Lanza also killed his mother and then killed himself.
The incident was the deadliest mass shooting at a high school or grade school in U.S. history and the third-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in US history, but led to no changes in American federal gun laws.
This film was, of course, the subject of extensive criticism within the US by the gun lobby, and some of it did cast a shadow over the way some opinions are portrayed, but overall this film is not an anti-gun pamphlet, but a serious look into America's love-and-hate relationship with guns.
For many Australians and people across the world, the idea of carrying a semi-automatic weapon to take your baby to the local shop is ludicrous, but somehow it is not for certain groups of American society.
Why? They say is to exercise their freedom.
I personally believe that carrying any type of weapon is not a right, but an exclusive privilege bestowed upon those whose duties make weapons necessary, such as police, defence personnel and other law-enforcing organisations.
So when a mother in regional US states on camera that it is her right to carry a semi-automatic weapon to buy formula for her toddler I just laugh at her.
Problem is, she is still carrying that gun somewhere in the world, a world I do not want to belong to.
This documentary is so US-centered, it completely put me off visiting the United States, it made me fear for my safety if I was ever to return to US soil.
I am not sure that was the producer's intention by releasing this film.
This is an interesting look at how the powerless try to feel powerful by buying guns, and how the gun-manufacturing industry has been let to exert too much power in the US.
- At Pighouse Flicks Byron Bay, Cinemax Kingscliff and Regent Cinemas Murwillumbah from March 2.