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I am in favor of responsible gun ownership in this country.  I believe that people have the right to go hunting as a hobby and that people also have the right to protect themselves.  However, I do not believe that people should have the right to own weapons that are used on the battlefields that have extended magazines and are used for the sole purpose of killing people.  
I don't believe in the notion that Hollywood or the gaming industry have been responsible for these tragedies, but I do believe that the entertainment industry has played a in "pimping" these weapons.  If we want to go after the gun culture that Bob Costas called out a couple of weeks ago on national television, then we are going to have to take direct action because we know the action taken by the government will be futile. In my opinion, I believe that we need to start somewhere, and that start should be the cable television networks that have been pimping these weapons as if they were tobacco dealers in the 1950's.  
It's time to go after the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and National Geographic for their role in glorifying gun usage with their shows such as: Doomsday Preppers, Sons of Guns, American Guns, Most Extreme Shot and so on.  
There have been successful campaigns against media advertisers in the past, and why can't this be a successful tactic.  Please give your insights.

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  •  Every Show You're Describing (9+ / 0-)

    Makes those people look madder than cut snakes.  

    Too Folk For You. - Schmidting in the Punch Bowl - verb - Committing an unexpected and underhanded political act intended to "spoil the party."

    by TooFolkGR on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 08:46:53 AM PST

  •  Most of the weapons on that goofy marksman (6+ / 0-)

    show were perfectly reasonable.

    I don't have a problem with someone sitting in her back yard trying to shoot the caps off of bottles with a .22, to be honest.

    I've got a hell of a lot more problem with History Channel when it comes to

    The Men Who Exploited and Slaughtered the Men, Women, and Children Who Built America.

    This place needs a PVP server.

    by JesseCW on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 08:54:48 AM PST

  •  Bump it up, maybe (1+ / 0-)
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    KenBee

    I cancelled cable TV after the 2010 election.  Remember Ed Schultz recommending we NOT vote?  Remember just before the huge turnout for the 10.2.10 rally in DC how Jon Stewart & Colbert announced their DC rally, that caused lots of young people to skip the 10.2.10 rally in favor of Stewart/Colbert's faux rally?  

    I was appalled by all of the above and cancelled/boycotted Cable TV.  Oh, btw, I saved a great deal of $$ over the years, too.

    I can gather all the news I need on line and citizen journalists, with exceptions of course, do a great job of investigating and reporting.  We can improve this if we chose to actually organize.

    I back your call for boycotting the above, but why not bump it up.

    I now control my TV.  I bought the flat screen, Apple TV box ($99 and well worth it!), and Hulu ($7.99 a month) and when I need to resort to TV for whatever, I choose what I will watch for a fraction of the cost and without funding the likes of Fox News, and the channels you mention.

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 09:07:44 AM PST

  •  they suck - bunch of fake shows (4+ / 0-)
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    rbird, BOHICA, Gooserock, Cedwyn

    i want real discovery, history and tlc shows.

    not zombie apocalypse b.s.

    not fake reality shows.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 09:07:49 AM PST

  •  Fixed (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Cedwyn, shaharazade
    the History Hitler  Channel

    White-collar conservatives flashing down the street, pointing their plastic finger at me..

    by BOHICA on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 09:18:41 AM PST

  •  Dang! ... You can't boycott (1+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn

    "Doomsday Preppers"

    Who else would I alternately laugh and yell at?

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 09:23:06 AM PST

    •  Two words: American Gypsies (0+ / 0-)

      So bad it's good.  And I understand that past history might cause the Roma to distrust non-Roma (gaje), but it can be uncomfortable to watch how far some go to avoid integrating.

      -7.13, -6.97 Facts matter. Vice President Joe Biden 10/11/12

      by klamothe on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 10:44:10 AM PST

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  •  Between That and Their Bible, Nostradamus (3+ / 0-)

    and bigfoot programming, there's not a lot of reality to them.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 09:30:41 AM PST

  •  I don't want to be a negative Nancy but... (3+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, Utahrd, klamothe

    have you ever watched Top Shot on History? They always talk about safety and they show on TV that the contestants are always taught the proper way to hold & shoot the gun.

    Again, the discussion isn't guns or no guns, but safety & responsible gun ownership.

    Follow me on Twitter! @guileofthegods

    by Guile Of The Gods on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 09:34:08 AM PST

    •  Comment (0+ / 0-)

      I am leery of doing firearms training by distance learning.  In any event, it's that way to avoid nasty publicity (not to mention people shooting themselves by accident on camera), not out of any sense of civic responsibility or concern with factual accuracy.

      Shows on ancient aliens aren't likely to result in gun accidents broadcast to a national audience, unless the aliens decide the History Channel is crap and overdo it with the collateral damage when they vaporize Disney's corporate HQ (Disney owns History Channel and the other A&E network channels as part of a joint venture; I think Disney controls most of the content.)  Thus, they don't need to deal with the proper safety precautions for starting up a warp drive nacelle or safe sex advice for procreating with aliens.

  •  "Ancient Aliens" was enough to start my boycott (3+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, klamothe, Brooke In Seattle

    of the, ahem, "History" channel.  Anything else is just the icing on the cake.  

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 09:47:23 AM PST

  •  Uh, in the main, the advertisers promote products (0+ / 0-)

    designed to appeal to the audience, who, by definition like the shows you mention. Also in the main, persons who don't like the shows also don't need/want the affiliated products. If I'm correct, where's the leverage?

  •  Wouldn't have much effect (1+ / 0-)
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    JesseCW

    Most of the stuff on these shows reflects two things: (1) the titles of the channels are irrelevant -- they all draw from the same (cess)pool of low-cost content; (2) they appeal to a particular audience in exurbia that they can sell to advertisers; and (3) they've concluded (perhaps out of genuine conviction, but more likely because that's what the focus groups told them) that certain common topics -- true life crime, big guns, prophecy and paranormal events, and "man stuff" -- appeal to their target audience.

    It's our fault.  Most of us quit watching their shit long ago, once broadband Internet became prevalent.  The target audience is too lazy to type a URL into a browser and is convinced that Google is a cesspool of left wing porn.  They buy stuff on credit and are gullible.  (Watch the History Channel's advertising late at night.  There really is an all-natural alternative to Viagra that I can get without a prescription?  I really can obliterate all the weeds in my backyard just by sending $59.99 to some post office for the latest TV-ad lawn gadget?)

  •  Meh. (0+ / 0-)

    If I want to watch a bunch of people obsessed with guns, I will just watch my neighbors and coworkers.

    But some people rely in firearms for their income.

    I don't know how useful these shows would be to the people who run the page in the above link.  But if they want to watch them, they should be able to.

  •  Agreed, but where to draw the line? (1+ / 0-)
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    Utahrd

    I miss those documentaries on the History and Discovery channels, although Nat Geo still has some good stuff (for now).  I hate these crappy reality shows.  But they also show documentaries on street gangs, the Mafia, Hells Angels... all of whom are armed.  And will we have to boycott documentaries about wars or the military?

    From there, you have to look at fictional shows and movies where the main characters or their associates are armed, such as Boardwalk Empire or that new Tom Cruise movie (it will be premiered eventually).  And that's not even counting other weapons that don't have bullets (Star Wars, Game of Thrones).  How far are you willing to go with a boycott?

    -7.13, -6.97 Facts matter. Vice President Joe Biden 10/11/12

    by klamothe on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 10:33:51 AM PST

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