The Shield has a segment where a young girl turns in her family’s gun without the knowledge of their knowledge. Regarding the gun, she tells the police officers: “I don’t like it.” The segment also plays on parents fears because this young girl was able to get a hold of the family gun and carry it around outside their home. It also plays up the supposed benefit of gun buybacks, though most of the guns that are turned in don’t work and the vast majority of academic research shows no benefit from these laws.
All of our other examples are for very recent television shows, but a reader of our website brought this to our attention.
(The Shield Season 2 Episode 4 “Carte Blanche.” Tuesday, January 28, 2003)