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 CBS’s “FBI” is no different (Season 5, Episode 11, January 10, 2023). This episode has an example of a defensive gun use failing. A couple is forced to try to break into a safety deposit box at a bank to retrieve the code for cryptocurrency so that they can keep their young daughter from being murdered. When they realize that it might be hopeless, the husband puts down his gun and tries to console his wife. Meanwhile, an FBI agent is making real progress convincing them to stop the heist, but a bank manager tries to grab the robber’s gun and not only gets shot but undoes all the progress that the FBI was making with the couple. This example is very similar to a recent episode of ABC’s “The Rookie,” where a citizen with a permitted concealed handgun intervenes in a bank robbery and gets shot, and interferes with the police doing their job.
It is somewhat depressing that this type of misinformation was seen by 7.47 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.
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More examples of these types of shows are available here.
Here is a video on Hollywood’s bias against guns.