Never a Successful Defensive Gun use on Entertainment Television, CBS’ SWAT

May 29, 2021 | Media Bias

Television show bias against guns is never-ending. You won’t see an entertainment television show that has a civilian successfully using a gun defensively. Instead, something always seems to go wrong when guns are used defensively (from being fatally shot by the criminal without stopping the crime to getting in the way of police to continually having the gun stolen and use in a crime to it being used in an accidental shooting), and this episode of CBS’ SWAT is no different (Season 4, Episode 17, May 19, 2021). In this episode, a truck driver tries to use a gun defensively to stop a sex trafficking gang, and ends up being seriously wounded by one of the criminals. The SWAT officers berate the trucker, make him apologize, and warn him that the next time he is attacked by a gang of sex traffickers, he should call the cops. The obvious question is how quickly the police could have gotten there when this man was being attacked. He needed them literally in seconds.

If you watched entertainment television these days, you would never know that people use guns defensively some 2 million times a year. If you want some examples of people successfully using guns to stop crimes, here are some examples. Other examples of people using guns to stop mass public shootings are available here.

Here is a video on Hollywood’s bias against guns.

SWAT S4 E17, May 19, 2021

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  1. Matt

    Hello Dr. Lott,
    Sorry if this is a repost, my previous comment does not show for me. I would like to ask you a question about the effectiveness of self defense gun use. One Study by “Lawrence Southwick” found using guns in self defense lower injury rates, however another study by “David Hemenway” found guns do not lower injury rates. Can you help me understand how these studies found opposite results while both analyzing NCVS data? Thanks! (southwick’s study)