The Second Amendment Foundation and Calguns Foundation have joined forces to produce a gun rights documentary in cooperation with Southern Oregon Public Television, and are seeking funding support from the public.
According to SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb, the production is called Assaulted – The Fight to Bear Arms. It is being produced by Dead Patriot Productions. He told TGM that both organizations have invested $5,000 apiece in seed money, but it could take many times that amount to finish production.
The film, according to producer Kris Koenig, will take a hard look at the original intent of California gun laws now in effect. Aimed at the Golden State primarily, Assaulted compares California laws with statutes in adjacent states, and at the concealed carry permitting procedures that are practiced across the state.
The film will demonstrate that concealed carry laws are not equally enforced, and there will be discussions about the Battle of Athens and how citizens took on the corrupt government in McMinn County, TN.
Gottlieb told TGM that the project will educate people about the importance of the Second Amendment in understandable terms, and with important perspectives.
One of those perspectives will be about the Deacons for Defense, a group of armed black men who protected civil rights workers in the South during the struggles of the 1960s. This group is rarely mentioned, Koenig noted in an overview of the project, yet they stood as a barrier to the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana.
There are also allusions to the disarmament of racial minorities, and the press release notes that the California Gun Control Act of 1968 “has been said to be a knee-jerk reaction to the Black Panthers’ use okf loaded rifles in peaceful protest to bring attention to white bigotry in the Oakland police department and abuses by its white police officers against black citizens.”
Fully funding the project is the most immediate goal, and after the filming is completed and the program is done, Southern Oregon Public Television will provide a launch pad that could see the program distributed over the public television network.
Filming will be done in Louisiana, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., Denver, Chicago, Seattle and in Europe, according to publicity about the project.
The goal is to raise $65,000.