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NBC’s Law & Order: SVU: Again Shows another Civilian Defensive Gun Use Gone Wrong

John Lott - Crime Prevention Research Center | Published on 8/7/2022
Television show bias against guns is never-ending. You won’t see an entertainment television show that has 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), and this episode of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU is no different (Season 23, Episode 4, October 7, 2021). This episode illustrates all the normal gun control myths pushed against women using a gun defensively. In this case, when the woman tries to reach her gun it is taken from her and used to pistol-whip her. The gun is also used to kill her baby as if the man who raped her couldn’t kill the child without the gun. A later scene shows that the rapist took the gun with him and is using it to threaten a police officer.