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Trickery: Katie Couric Edits Interview with Gun Rights Group

Katie Couric has made a documentary on gun violence called Under the Gun.

Couric interviewed members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (a pro 2A group) for the film and “edited” the interaction.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Couric can be heard in the interview asking activists from the group, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”

The documentary then shows the activists sitting silently for nine awkward seconds, unable to provide an answer. It then cuts to the next scene.

But that’s not really how the conversation went down.

However, raw audio of the interview between Katie Couric and the activists provided to the Washington Free Beacon shows the scene was deceptively edited. Instead of silence, Couric’s question is met immediately with answers from the activists. A back and forth between a number of the league’s members and Couric over the issue of background checks proceeds for more than four minutes after the original question is asked.

One thing of note: it’s very wise to record any interaction with the lefty media. Whoever did this was very smart or we wouldn’t have any proof of this sleight of hand.

The documentary’s director, Stephanie Soechtig, said in a statement: “I never intended to make anyone look bad and I apologize if anyone felt that way.” Of course not.

Cable channel EPIX and Couric herself stand behind the documentary.

I’d like to address Couric’s idiot question about background checks. It’s against the law to buy a gun if you are a felon, with or without a background check.  How do we stop anyone from committing a crime before he or she actually commits it? We can’t, unless we want to live in a totalitarian society that locks up people based on mere suspicion.  Secondly, background checks are really important to the anti-gun people…until they aren’t. The fact is we do have background checks. Any firearms retailer has to have a license to sell firearms and is required to perform a background check before selling an item. But the anti-gun crowd gets hysterical when a firearms retailer tries to open in their neighborhood — a retailer who would be conducting the very background checks they claim are so important.