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Television Shows Misrepresenting Facts: Fox’s The Deputy Showing Criminals Often Using Machine Guns to out gun police

28 Jan , 2020   Video

Fox’s new show, The Deputy, is hardly unique in showing criminals using machine guns. But this show gets off to a bad start, with more than its share of machine guns being used.

On TV shows, machine guns always seem to be the weapons of choice for bad guys when they get in shootouts with police. Some hyperbole is to be expected on television, but the level of exaggeration has become pretty over-the-top. In real life, criminals use machine guns so rarely that a 2016 survey of prison inmates only broke down the numbers for uses of handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The survey did not even mention fully automatic weapons. Since 1934, there are only two know uses ever of a machine gun being used in a murder. And even before 1934 they were very rare.

The first five segments here are from ABC’s The Rookie, one episode from NBC’s Chicago PD, and two episodes from CBS’s Magnum PI. Police are the targets in all but one of the below episodes from the 2018-19 Season (the single exception is the first episode of Magnum PI). This list is probably very far from exhaustive. One question is where do these television show writers think that the criminals are obtaining all these machine guns, certainly not at your local gun store.

The Rookie (Season1): E2, E4, E9, E17, E20

Magnum PI (Season 1): E1, E15

Chicago P.D. (Season 6): E14

In the current season we haven’t been keeping close track, but other recent examples from this month include:

CBS’ SWAT (Season 3): E11 January 15 2020

CBS’ FBI (Season 2): E12 January 14, 2020)

Other television media bias is available here.

(The Deputy S1 E1 January 2, 2020)

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