Creator and Producers of ‘The Conners’ Spread More Anti-Gun Propaganda in Interviews

Dawn Slusher | March 7, 2022
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ABC’s The Conners pushed an anti-gun agenda last Wednesday in an episode ("Triggered") that featured a mass shooting near the Conners’ family home.  As if the episode wasn’t bad enough, the creator and producers spread more anti-gun propaganda in interviews with Deadline and TV Line.

Lecy Goranson, who plays Becky and was the episode’s creator, told Deadline that violence via gun “is an epidemic all over the country,” and, “the problem has worsened since the Covid pandemic with gun sales going up exponentially.”

Interesting she equates a rise in gun sales with violence rather than the solution. As a Fee.com article points out, research proves that guns prevent an estimated 2.5 million crimes per year (6,849 a day), including 400,000 life-threatening, violent crimes. A Daily Signal story points out that guns save 90% more lives than they take. And sites such as Guns Save Life and Concealed Nation keep regular track of real-life stories where guns have saved lives, while GunOwners.org has a list of additional, in-depth statistics on guns being used as protection.

In the TV Line interview, executive producer Dave Caplan warned “gun violence” is so pervasive that it’s “coming for you eventually, because we’re really not doing anything about it.”

That claim falls flat when we consider how many anti-gun measures liberals have enacted across the country. Caplan’s own words betray his claim because they’re proof that anti-gun laws have done nothing to stop criminals from obtaining and using guns to commit violent crimes.

Related: ABC’s ‘The Conners’ Disparages Responsible Gun Owner and Pushes Anti-Gun Agenda in Mass Shooting Episode

Even though Goranson told Deadline, “We have a great need for mental health care,” she told TV Line, “there’s a myth that everyone who shoots a gun has to have a mental illness."

She further stated, “There are a lot of people who have twists and turns in their lives… a lot of people are just having a bad day, get in a fight and shoot someone. People who are irritated, people who lose their jobs… All this life stuff that’s really been accentuated and exaggerated by COVID is real. You can’t just attribute everything to mental illness.”

The notion that a mentally healthy person who owns a gun could go on a mass shooting spree or “get in a fight and shoot someone,” because they had a bad day and/or were tired of COVID is not only inaccurate, but it’s also an insult to responsible gun owners everywhere.

study done by the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center into 41 school attacks found that mental health played a tremendous role in each incident and that recognizing red flags could prevent such attacks in the future, all of which would likely apply to any mass shooting incident. The study also confirmed the importance of having people nearby who are armed to stop an attack.

If The Conners truly wanted to “represent all sides and all views” as executive producer Bruce Helford claimed in the Deadline interview, they would have included all the facts, not just baseless claims based on emotion. Guns are the solution, not the problem, but emotions trump facts every time in Hollywood. These interviews just make that even more apparent than the episode itself did.

Conservatives Fight Back! The anti-gun episode on 'The Conners' was sponsored by TideCVS, and Allstate. Click each advertiser for their contact information so that you can let them know how you feel about their anti-gun propaganda!

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