Tue Dec 18, 2012, 11:59 AM
Kolesar (30,565 posts)
Discovery hit ‘American Guns’ canceled as Hollywood wrestles with links to gun violence
Source: Fox News
Discovery Channel’s popular reality show about a family of gun makers, “American Guns," came under intense scrutiny in the wake of Friday’s mass shooting at a Connecticut grade school, with people flooding the show’s Facebook page calling for its cancelation. “I know you all have to make money but would Discovery Channel PLEASE consider ceasing to broadcast the show in the U.K.? Sadly your program makes buying/owning guns seem fun, glamorous, even normal,” wrote one. Another tweeted, “Dear Discovery Channel: it’s not appropriate showing the program American Guns now!” Another weighed in: “With Discovery shows like 'Sons of Guns', 'American Guns', 'Ted Nugent's Gun Country' etc it's not surprising how guns r seen as acceptable.”
It seems the critics may have been heard.
A Discovery representative told FOX411 that “American Guns” – which is out of production and not currently broadcasting new episodes – has been canceled and will not return for a third season. This comes as something of a surprise given its growing popularity. The show had a 50 percent ratings increase for its second season premiere, and one of its stars, Renee Wyatt, recently said she would “definitely” be interested in returning for season three. The representative, however, would not link the show’s cancellation to the Connecticut school massacre.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/12/17/discovery-hit-american-guns-canceled-as-hollywood-wrestles-with-links-to-gun/
A rep for the guns rights group The Firearm Coalition responded, telling us: "It does not surprise me that Discovery may be lowering the profile of its gun coverage. That's their prerogative. Nonetheless this tragedy has as much to do about lawful use of guns as the lawful use of cars has to do with a car bombing."
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Discovery hit ‘American Guns’ canceled as Hollywood wrestles with links to gun violence (Original post)
Response to Kolesar (Original post)
Tue Dec 18, 2012, 01:17 PM
IthinkThereforeIAM (1,933 posts)
4. All the gun shows on cable/DirecTV...
... is one of the reasons why have decided to not subscribe to their programming. It turns my stomach that people consider/view guns to be some type of fetish in their minds. I am no psychologist/psychiatrist, but something isn't right to get turned on by weapons of such gory death. Perhaps it has to do with my own childhood experience. A friend was constantly showing me a picture of and harping about, "my cousin who shot himself in the spleen while cleaning his .22 rifle". And he is now one of the biggest gun collectors/worshipers in my state. Like I said, I am not a psychologist/psychiatrist/mental health professional. It makes me wonder how many others have such a fetish/fascination with something that should only be used to put food on your table/control wildlife populations. I say that as I am a former hunter, owned 4 guns, 2 shot guns, a 7mm mag deer/elk rifle and a .22 rifle. But for I, it was never more than, "a nice tool", for recreational use (I live in South Dakota, wide open spaces and plenty of deer(herds needed to be culled, this year there was a disease running through the population) and pheasants. I just got tired of dealing with the out of state hunters and the gun nuts who have to drink alcoholic beverages while handling guns.
That is my 2 cents.
Response to IthinkThereforeIAM (Reply #4)
Tue Dec 18, 2012, 01:49 PM
Bradical79 (1,958 posts)
5. I'm not a gun owner, and I'm for very strong gun control now, but a part of me loves guns.
It's a VERY conflicting emotion. Don't forget, many of us (especially little boys) get indoctrinated to guns as toys when we're very young. The little GI Joe action figures and cartoon series are probably culprit #1 for me, followed by playing "army" with my little friends with realistic toy guns, and numerous other cartoons and toys.
Even though every rational part of my mind knows guns are extremely dangerous tools built for killing things, I'm sure a part of my brain associated with things that give feelings of excitement would light up like a light bulb (like I get with gadgets, new scientific discoveries, shopping, etc.). Like I said, it's not a rational choice, but more likely something ingrained in me from a very young age. It's also not limited to guns. I feel the same way about tanks, fighter jets, battle ships, swords, martial arts, and many other killing tools.
If some additional factors in my life were a bit different, I could definitely see myself being one of these "gun nuts". I still consider buying a gun at times, and try to rationalize such a purchase in different ways, though it's financially beyond my means at this point.