This Anti-Gun Video Actually Encourages Kids to Do Something Stupid and Dangerous
A San Francisco production company has released an ad that is causing consternation among viewers across the political spectrum. The ad is aimed at children, and is designed to persuade them to steal their parents’ guns and turn them in to school personnel. It is reminiscent of the political propaganda prevalent in Eastern Europe during the Cold War.
The video, from Sleeper 13 Productions, shows a sulky young boy going into his parents’ bedroom, taking a pistol out of a dresser drawer, then putting the gun into his backpack. Then the boy goes to school, wearing his backpack. Later, when class is over, he goes to his teacher and gives her the gun.
“Can you take this away?” he asks “I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house.”
“Our children deserve a safe world. Stop gun violence now,” the ad concludes.
In the real world, a child who did that would be guilty of theft, illegal concealed carry, and bringing a weapon on to school property.
The credits say the video was filmed at North Oakland Community Charter School in Oakland. Executive Director Carolyn Gramstorff said officials granted permission for the crew to shoot there, but they were unaware of the message of the PSA. She said in the future the school will screen such requests more carefully.
Sleeper 13’s Facebook page reflects the level of criticism:
“Weapons theft, unlawful possession of a weapon by a minor, illegal concealed carry of a weapon, carrying a weapon onto school property, assault, and brandishing,” commented Jerry Harlan.
Fred Rick Friedman asked, “So, when a child does this and accidentally kills himself or an innocent bystander, will Sleeper 13 Productions and (producer) Ragina Sincic be brought up on charges as an accessory? This has got to be one of the dumbest PSA’s put out by anti-gunners ever. Way to combat criminal violence…turn innocent children into felons.”
On YouTube, the video has garnered almost 16,000 down votes, compared to fewer than 200 up votes.
Here are some of the representative comments:
Sooch 00 said: “Kid steals his parents private property and the teacher becomes an accomplice. A real public service Rejina…… teaching kids to Steal?”
NiftyTubeMan commented: “Yep, unlike other kinds of California grand theft — grand theft firearm is considered a “serious” felony under Penal Code 1192.7(c) PC. This means that grand theft firearm is a “strike” offense under California’s three strikes law.29″
TacticalDrunk said: “REPORT THIS VIDEO TO YOUTUBE, This video is a direct violation of many state and federal laws and it puts children lives at risk.”
Another comment said the video had been reported to YouTube, but it is apparently not against its terms of service.