Back to my old favorite tv show, Grey’s Anatomy, I decided to watch more in case they decided to show a change of firearms and safety attitudes. Interestingly enough, they did! A dad beats up the mom, the mom meekly submits as she feels she has no choices. The kid stands witness to violent event after violent event. The tv scene shows he dad wheeled into the emergency room on a stretcher for gunshot wounds. He kept a gun in the house, and the kid finally succeeded in making the violence stop; kid shoots dad. Because the kid protected the mom, the show depicted this as noble and the doctors helped the mom and kid relocate. Well, I’m all for self protection. I’m all for a no tolerance to domestic violence. But for a prior episode depicting a grown adult inappropriately handling his grief by securing a firearm and going back to the hospital for a shooting spree and then in this episode showing a kid handling a firearm from the home and shooting up the violent dad, presents great conflict and misinformation. First, as I have said, no matter how easy it is for an adult to secure a weapon, the crazed person is the problem, not the implement. Second, to portray a kid as saving the day sends a bad message for, why was the gun so accessible? Firearms need to be out of reach and inaccessible to children and untrained adults. Period. I think television should take a greater responsibility for insinuating firearm safety than for insinuating mixed messages regarding firearms. Out of all the subliminal messages sent each minute, firearm safety would be a great one to instill. What do you think?
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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