As we have pointed out many times, television crime shows seem to think criminals are constantly using machine guns to shoot people. Two different CBS shows on Friday, May 1st, 2020 again discuss criminals using machine guns. Magnum PI (S2 E18) has criminals firing machine guns at Magnum and Higgins as they try to escape in a school bus. There are a lot more shots of machine guns firing than the clips here, but these are enough to get the point across. Blue Bloods (S10 E19) has a discussion of police officers capturing a machine gun from criminals.
Between Magnum PI and Hawaii 5-O, Hawaii must surely be seen as having more machine gun murders than any other state in the country. So much for the state’s extremely tough gun control laws.
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.
Here is a list of shows from the 2018-19 television season that showed criminals using machine guns.
The Rookie (Season1): E2, E4, E9, E17, E20
Magnum PI (Season 1): E1, E15
Chicago P.D. (Season 6): E14
In the current 2019-2020 season, we haven’t been keeping close track, but other recent examples include:
CBS’ SWAT (Season 3): E11 January 15 2020
CBS’ FBI (Season 2): E12 January 14, 2020; Episode 18, March 24, 2020
Fox’s Deputy (Season 1): E1 January 2, 2020
FBI: Most Wanted (Season 1): Episode 4, January 28, 2020; Episode 6, February 18, 2020, Episode 9, March 24, 2020
Chicago PD, S7, E10 January 8, 2020; S7 E16, March 4, 2020; Season 7, Episode 17, March 18, 2020.
Hawaii Five-O, Season 10, Episode 18, February 28, 2020; Episode 20, March 13, 2020; Episode 21, March 27, 2020
Magnum PI, Season 2, Episode 18, May 1, 2020
Blue Bloods, Season 10, Episode 19, May 1, 2020
These examples of television media bias on this particular point can be found here.