Television show bias against guns is never-ending. Except for a couple of episodes on Paramount’s Yellowstone, you won’t see an entertainment television show with 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). In fact, after the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision earlier this year, television shows seem to be showing more bad defensive gun uses than ever before. This episode of ABC’s “The Rookie” is no different (Season 5, Episode 10, January 3, 2023). This episode has an example of a defensive gun use failing. Against the adamant advice of a police officer, a legally armed civilian intervenes in a bank robbery only to get himself and a civilian shot. To keep the clip under 30 seconds, another part of the episode was excluded that explains how the armed civilian’s intervention allowed the bank robbers to escape.
It is somewhat depressing that this type of misinformation was seen by 4.5 million viewers. In our collection of 124 cases where armed civilians have stopped active shooting attacks, there is not one case that corresponds to the examples shown in these various TV shows where a concealed carry permit holder accidentally shoots a bystander or where they caused a bystander to be shot.
Real Clear Investigations: There Are Far More Defensive Gun Uses Than Murders in America. Here’s Why You Rarely Hear of Them
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Real Clear Investigations: How the FBI Undercounts Armed Citizen Responders to Mass Killers — and Media Play Along
More examples of these types of shows are available here.
Here is a video on Hollywood’s bias against guns.