The debate over public safety versus gun rights that has taken place on national news programs, and in state and federal legislatures over the past nine months is now heading into living rooms across America. “Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire”, a 79-minute documentary (PG-13) that brings audiences to the center of the controversy over guns in America, is now available on digital platforms, cable and satellite TV, and on DVD at better retailers. The film takes a step back from the normal public discourse that is filled with emotional rhetoric, to offer unique perspectives on the Second Amendment’s significance in American society while taking a critical look at current gun laws and their effect on public safety and civil rights.
Created by two-time Emmy winning producer and writer Kris Koenig (“400 Years of the Telescope,” the upcoming “Fight for Space”) and co-produced by Eric Katzenberg (“Secrets of Navy SEALS,” “American Guns”), the film is narrated by critically acclaimed rapper and actor Ice-T (“Law and Order: SVU”).
With the original intent of empowering a citizenry to defend itself against a corrupt or tyrannical government, the concept behind the Second Amendment may seem farfetched today. “Assaulted” weaves together such narrative threads as the post-World War II Battle of Athens and the Deacons for Defense of the Civil Rights Movement with more recent events, including the abandonment of Koreatown during the Rodney King Riots and the heavy-handed action taken by public officials during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, to show that tyranny comes in many forms.
With the purpose of igniting a meaningful gun control conversation, as opposed to adding to the existing rhetoric, “Assaulted” sought out constitutional historians, lawyers, law enforcement, educators, anti-violence leaders, gun rights activists and gun owners to lend their voices to the film. The result is more than 30 interviews from advocates on both sides of the argument.
What the critics think about “ASSAULTED”
“‘Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire’ is a reasoned counter to Michael Moore’s ‘Bowling for Columbine’ and, as such, a constructive addition to the current national firearms debate.” – Los Angeles Times
“‘Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire’ comes across as too thoughtful and well researched – in short, too reasonable — to be easily dismissed as mere agitprop.” – Variety
“[The film’s] real purpose is to bring some historical perspective to the argument, to move the conversation beyond emotion-based rhetoric.” – LA Weekly
“Assaulted isn’t a one-sided documentary popped out of the Michael Moore mold. The film talks to a variety of sources, from fervent gun rights activist Ted Nugent to Dan Gross, the President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.” – Breitbart
“Testifies to the vital importance of gun ownership” – Hollywood Reporter
Links to watch the film:
Amazon – http://amzn.com/B00EKS6VJW
Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Assaulted_Civil_Rights_Under_Fire?id=HrB0P_A-M3Y
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/assaulted-civil-rights-under/id688083531
Vudu – http://www.vudu.com/movies/#!content/468844/Assaulted-Civil-Rights-Under-Fire
Xbox – https://video.xbox.com/#Movie/2c1c7469-e3c5-46c9-915c-36222323f742
Playstation – http://us.playstation.com/ps3/movies/assaulted-civil-rights-under-fire-2013.html
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrB0P_A-M3Y