‘Price of Freedom’ Doc Director on Power of the NRA, Collective Action and Assault Weapons

‘Price of Freedom’ Doc Director on Power of the NRA, Collective Action and Assault Weapons

Ronald Reagan being presented a rifle in a scene from ‘The Price of Freedom.’ Courtesy of Flatbush Pictures and Tribeca Studios / Ronald Reagan Presidential Library [The following story contains spoilers from documentary The Price of Freedom .] During an otherwise hopeful ending, focused on the post-Parkland gun-control movement, newly released documentary The Price of Freedom , cuts back to the film’s National Rifle Association representative, David Keene, a board member and former president of the gun rights group, who cautions that the “the Second Amendment believer, whether he’s an NRA member or not, will rise up once that bell has been rung and do whatever’s necessary to guarantee the continuation of those rights.” As director Judd Ehrlich puts it, “What the NRA has really been able to do is gaslight the American people and put out these myths into the American populace that have just permeated and have gotten into so many areas of our life and they’re out there. Even if the NRA were to stop existing tomorrow, we would still have a gun-violence epidemic in this country. There are underlying cultural ideas that are going to be with us for a very long time.” It was wondering about the origins of the United States’ frequent mass shootings that led Ehrlich to turn his lens on the NRA. “What is going on in this country with our understanding of guns in America, what guns mean and gun culture? Guns have been the root of this problem,” Ehrlich […]

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