There seems to be no shortage of lobbying groups concerned about gun violence in the USA. Filmmaker Anthony Wilson directed the latest in a series of Commonsense Solution toolkits from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Americans for Responsible Solutions.
The installment, Commonsense Solutions: State Gun Laws to Protect Kids from Unintended Shootings, addresses the urgent need to keep children safe from firearms in the home, just like Evolve was, last year, however Evolve chose to tackle the topic with humor.
Wilson decided to go the emotional route, and he directed this pro-bono. I'm not sure this execution will work on those who need to hear this message. This PSA was produced by Patrick Malloy with Executive Producer Rania Hattar. You can read more at www.smartgunlaws.org
Through the metaphorical use of a young boy, the symbol of our young country, and the backdrop of classic Americana; Wilson asks us to follow him as he seeks to understand what this object’s purpose is. In the end, reality shows the young boy, our young country, what the sole purpose of a gun is. It is an instrument of death; and we should hold that notion close to us when we decide who should wield this power and how.
Too many families have needlessly suffered the devastation of a child lost to a poorly stored gun. Almost 1.7 million children under the age of 18 live in homes with loaded, unlocked firearms, making them 16 times more likely to be killed in unintentional shootings than in other high-income countries. Commonsense requirements for gun storage and handling can protect the littlest among us from preventable tragedies.
The toolkit is a comprehensive legal resource for state legislators and activists that offers detailed proposals for smart gun laws and in-home best practices to keep kids from accessing firearms. Recommendations include secure locking methods, warning labels, and child access prevention laws, which hold adults liable when children gain access to deadly weapons.
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has made addressing the deadly intersection of kids and guns one of its top policy priorities in 2015. The Law Center’s 22nd Anniversary Dinner held on June 18 in San Francisco, focused on smart gun laws that protect children, and honored Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer for founding the organization Prosecutors Against Gun Violence and all their efforts to reduce gun violence against children. The dinner also honored Mark Barden, who lost his son in the shooting at Sandy Hook and now serves as advocacy director for Sandy Hook Promise.
Director/Writer: Anthony Wilson
Executive Producer: Rania Hattar
Producer: Patrick Malloy
Production Coordinator: Jack Ireland
1st A.D.: Jeff Hart
2nd A.D.: Jonathan Davis
Director of Photography: Kenneth Wales
1st A.C.: Sébastien Thibault
Gaffer/Grip: Lyn Embraer
Sound: Jonathan Bettor
Studio Teacher: Carol
Cropland Production Assistant: Kimberly Yarnesen
Little Boy: Zakary Risinger
Older Boy: James Berean Germany
ALEXA provided by The Camera House
Production Supplies provided by Siren
Production Vehicles provided by Galpin