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Guns: A Day in the Death of America (1990)

The harrowing account of every death by handgun which occur in America during a randomly chosen 24-hour period.


Malcolm Clarke


James Tolkan


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James Tolkan ... Himself - Narrator


American Undercover chronicles the 61 deaths by firearms that occurred in the United States one year ago from midnight to midnight on July 16, 1989. It interviews witnesses to events and talks the families of victims whose lives have been changed forever due to guns. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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16 July 1990 (USA) See more »

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Pure idiocy
25 December 2003 | by num1bastardSee all my reviews

`Guns: A Day in the Death of America,' like the more recent films `Bowling for Columbine' and `Liberty Stands Still,' captures that extremist left-wing notion that we should blame the guns, rather then the criminals who wielded them, for the high gun-related death toll in America. It is a film that one can laugh out loud at its pure ridiculousness. It takes one `random' 24-hour period and illustrates that guns, by themselves, killed over 60 people in this country. This is pretty remarkable since I never believed inanimate objects were capable of murder, although the director of this film feels quite the opposite.

Of course, this movie includes gun related suicides (as if those committing suicides with firearms wouldn't have found another way to end their lives if guns ceased to exist), and it even mentions an instance where a policeman used a gun for SELF DEFENSE (surely defending one's self is a horrible idea in the director's sick mind) in order to exaggerate the death toll and make the problem of gun related violence worse than it really is. And of course, the director fails to mention which guns were obtained through illegal means (I'm sure the majority of the guns that were used in the gang-related murders were not purchased through licensed firearms dealers). Though the movie does not specifically call for increased gun control or a ban on guns, such an agenda was clearly tangible.

If you are looking for an asinine film that explains that people aren't responsible for the actions that they commit with firearms (rather, then guns themselves are responsible for the crimes) then surely this film will satiate your extremist left-wing appetite. On the other hand, if you have half a brain, then take my advice and do not believe the nonsense that this movie attempts to illustrate. Better yet, avoid this movie entirely.

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