The anti-gun movement achieved a new level of dangerous mis-information with this ridiculous Public Service Announcement.
The video published by Sleeper 13 Productions shows a young teen sneaking into his parents’ bedroom and stealing a handgun.
A somber tune plays in the background as the boy places the gun in his backpack before heading to school.
Students begin to leave their class as the boy rummages through his backpack.
The teacher flinches in shock as the video reaches the climax, but the boy simply tosses the gun on her desk. “Can you take this away?” he asks, “I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house.”
The video was met with sharp criticism for encouraging children to steal their parents’ firearms.
Bonus idiocy: the “scary” handgun is a C11 BB gun that costs about $60 at Wal-Mart.
Basically whoever made this video is so frightened and misinformed that they couldn’t be bothered to include an actual firearm (or even a decent quality replica) in their anti-gun video.
Alan Gottlieb of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Bear Arms, called the PSA a “public disservice announcement” in a press release.
The series of crimes depicted in this video is simply astonishing. We’re talking about felony theft of a firearm, illegal possession of a handgun by a minor, having a gun in a school, illegal concealed carry by a minor, brandishing and maybe one or two other crimes, depending upon the jurisdiction.
The fact that the gun appears to be a very real-looking BB pistol is not the point. The scenario obviously depicts what some youngster should do with a real handgun. Besides, even bringing a BB gun to school is against the law, and at the very least, the boy in this video would wind up being arrested and face felony charges.
We understand from published reports that angry messages have been showing up on this company’s Facebook page and rightly so. The message of this video is so monumentally stupid that if any youth does something like this after watching it, the producers should face charges. If someone is hurt, they should face both criminal and civil liability.
This video isn’t a public service announcement but a public dis-service and the producers ought to be ashamed.
After the negative fallout, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence contacted Sleeper 13 Productions to learn who had funded the PSA. Rejina Sincic replied via Twitter to say “it was self funded.”
Watch and cringe below.