Accuracy in Media

Last Friday’s episode of “Hawaii Five-O” focused primarily on the need for gun control to prevent mass shootings.

The show starts off with a man using an armored bulldozer to ram through a wall of a local gun range, making off with a stash of high-powered weapons that he planned to use to seek revenge on those who promote gun use.

Rather than recap the entire episode, I’ve pulled some of the most pertinent parts of the show’s transcript and conversation between Commander Steve McGarrett, his partner Detective Danny Williams and the perpetrator Marvin.

This conversation took place at Five-O headquarters:

McGarrett: This guy, he knows all the biggest gun aficionados on the island, including the ones with the deepest pockets.

Williams: I wouldn’t say “gun aficionado” ’cause an aficionado, to me, refers to, like, people who collect cars, and cigars and fine wine. Gun nuts are gun nuts. Let’s call them what they are. They’re gun nuts. That’s being nice.

Later, in the car, McGarrett and Williams got into a discussion on the Second Amendment:

McGarrett: Oh, so you’re saying, you’re saying you don’t believe in the Second Amendment, but that people should have the right to keep and bear arms?

Williams: I’m not talking about the Second Amendment, okay? That mentions a militia. Okay? It also uses words like “well-regulated,” and good job ignoring me.

McGarrett: Okay, so you’re saying people shouldn’t be able to carry guns despite the fact that you carry a gun?

Williams: I carry a gun—I’m a cop. It’s my job to carry a gun.

McGarrett: Mm-hmm

Williams: What are you talking about? I got to, I got to protect the good guys from the bad guys. Right.

McGarrett: Exactly. So what if normal people, what if citizens want to protect themselves and their families from the bad guys? Shouldn’t they have a right to do that?

Williams: How about if we just don’t let the bad guys have any guns? Then the good guys won’t need any guns, and nobody needs any guns, how about that?

Then we have Marvin as he prepares for his final act:

Marvin: No place is safe. We can’t save each other from the problem, because we are the problem. Whatever faith I had in people and our government…is gone. All this carnage has become routine, and no one is willing to do anything about it. I can’t live like this anymore.

Marvin then takes over a courtroom, with hostages of course, demands and gets a TV crew to espouse his anti-gun rhetoric:

Marvin: Well, I wanted to speak with the people about something that’s become a crisis in America. In the last 30 years, our country has had twice as many mass shootings than the other 24 richest countries on this planet combined. And what has our government done about  that? They killed the assault weapons act…

And finally a phone conversation between Marvin and Williams, who is now acting as a hostage negotiator:

Marvin: You don’t know that. I’m not the only one with blood on my hands—the gunmakers, the lobbyists, politicians in their pockets—they’re all responsible, too! Somebody had to hold these gun nuts accountable.

Williams: I understand that. And I know that it is very easy to blame the pro-gun crowd. But I-I think, ultimately, we are all responsible, collectively.

Marvin: The gun industry can stop it; they choose not to! The gun industry doesn’t police itself. The politicians don’t do their jobs. And on it goes, and on and on and on! It’s got to end!

Williams: I agree with you 100%, okay? I am a cop. I am outraged at how easy it is to get a gun, no questions asked. As a father, I’m even more outraged.

Frankly, I’m not surprised at the misinformation on guns perpetrated by this episode, as Hollywood has a staunch anti-gun attitude. But I miss the days when shows like this, were actual entertainment and not political propaganda.

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  • FixItIn2012

    i loved the fact that in Dano’s rant he railed against the “gun culture”…This from the show that week after week is incredibly violent – most of the time with perpetrators and police using GUNS!!!! And this is for ENTERTAINMENT!!!!! CBS you’ve become a leftist joke just like the other networks. They also stated that Hawaii has very strict gun laws…but so do Chicago and New York and St. Louis. How’s that working out for you??

  • Imshoff

    I agree with Don Irvine; I, too, miss the days when shows like Hawaii 5-0 existed to entertain. Williams’ statement about stopping bad buys from having guns, so good guys don’t need them is naive, simplistic and utterly stupid. Good guys can turn bad – case in point, Marvin with the bulldozer. If Marvin bought a gun 20 yrs ago, then flipped out and used his gun rather than the bulldozer, the only way we might have stopped that from happening was to overturn the Second Amendment 20 yrs ago; therefore, no upstanding citizen can purchase a gun just in case they go crazy later. Oh, and make no mistake, bad guys would still be getting guns; Chicago is just one example! I wonder if there will be any Hawaii 5-0 episode depicting the uprising statistic of police officers getting killed eating lunch in their car, responding to a domestic car, etc. I doubt it!

  • R T Deco

    Oh, and make no mistake, bad guys would still be getting guns; …

    You mean like in Australia? The gun grabbers love to talk about Australia and their confiscation “buy back” program twenty years ago. How is that working out for them? Oh … not too good.

  • Lee Berry

    what about the part of using a giant magnet to take away all guns? I was watching this and decided never to watch the show again.

  • ramrodd

    Marxists and Islamists who infect our federal government plus the media prostitutes who protect them will gleefully lie, falsify, fabricate, slander, libel, deceive, delude, bribe, and treasonably betray the free citizens of the United States into becoming an unarmed population. Unarmed populations have been treated as slaves and chattel since the dawn of history.

    The Second Amendment foes lying about gun control – Firearms are our constitutionally mandated safeguard against tyranny by a powerful federal government.

    Only dictators, tyrants, despots, totalitarians, and those who want to control and ultimately to enslave you support gun control.

    No matter what any president, senator, congressman, or hard-left mainstream media hookers tell you concerning the statist utopian fantasy of safety and security through further gun control: They are lying. If their lips are moving, they are lying about gun control. These despots truly hate America..

    These tyrants hate freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, and private property. But the reality is that our citizens’ ownership of firearms serves as a concrete deterrent against despotism. They are demanding to hold the absolute power of life and death over you and your family. Ask the six million Jews, and the other five million murdered martyrs who perished in the Nazi death camps, how being disarmed by a powerful tyranny ended any chances of fighting back. Ask the murdered martyrs of the Warsaw Ghetto about gun control.

    Their single agenda is to control you after you are disarmed. When the people who want to control you hold the absolute power of life and death over your family, you have been enslaved.
    Will we stand our ground, maintaining our constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights, fighting those who would enslave us?

    American Thinker

  • PersonOnDuty ?????????

    I regularly watch the show, and will continue to watch it. My take on how the show portrayed the issue of “gun control” was quite open, really. The “pro-gun” people will see Danny as a left wing idiot, and the “anti-gun” people will see the situation in the courtroom as a reason not to have guns. There’s room for opinion on both sides of the argument; they didn’t shove either “opinion” down our throats.
    The part that seems ironic, is the “anti-gun” madman used a firearm to express his emotions.
    As a result, the show clearly proves that the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is with a good guy with a gun. Some people get mad because the NRA uses that phrase, but just because those people hate the NRA, doesn’t mean the NRA isn’t right…

  • ExNuke

    I didn’t reailze 5-0 had turned into a comedy show. It seems that turning off the boob tube was a good choice. I do just fine without the propaganda and have a lot more time for things I actually enjoy.

  • ExNuke

    They shouldn’t try to do comedy, they suck at it as bad as Schumer.

  • Travis Lee

    Arguably “ironic”, but violent and criminal anti gunners is more common than people might think.

    How often have we heard anti gunners say that they don’t trust THEMSELVES to have a gun, because they would shoot someone? This is why they want gun bans, they project their own Instability onto everyone else.

  • wyatt81

    They don’t want to face reality. Or be honest. Wishful thinking and straw men to convince themselves it can all go away.
    Evil won’t go away and neither will bad guys. They just won’t come to grips with this. Sound like naive children with their comments.

  • Steven Barrett

    Don’t you guys have more meaningful hobbies than sitting around watching cop shows and taking them this seriously? C’mon, I’m a big fan of Law & Order, but there’s a huge difference between taking every little thing you see in a show that might upset your ideological bent and taking it out of proportion and approaching these shows in a healthier manner by shrugging your shoulders, saying, “Well, that’s their take, and if somebody asks me, and if I remember what happened last Wednesday night, or during some re-run, in addition to a hell of a lot more pressing matters dealing with my family and working in my woodshop, maybe I’ll pass along a comment to my wife who likes the show(s) or one of my sons. But some of you seem religiously addicted to Hawaii 5-O and others. Take it from somebody who has a degree in public administration/criminal justice, worked in the Federal court system for three years and served as a correctional counselor in one state and as a probation officer in another . . . Hollywood, small or large screen version, offers only a snapshot of what really goes on. If you don’t like what’s shown on the tube, find another show. Hell, the original Law & Order along with SVU is still much more “conservative” than much of the other stuff that passes for cop n’ robber shows. LOL, inasmuch as I appreciate the acting skills of all the major actors in CBS’ “Bluebloods” with Tom Selleck acting as NY’s Finest’s Commish, c’mon, with two of his sons as officers plus his daughter working in the DA’s office, the nepotism practically jumps through anybody’s telly screen. Geesh, I miss Dennis Farina and Jerry Orbach; (not to say they didn’t work with great a fine company of other great actors, either.) Hell, Farina put in 18 years with Chicago’s Finest before becoming one of the best character actors. To NBC’s credit, it never successfully imposed any PC related crap on Farina who played Ray Fontana, the detective brought in to “replace” Jerry Orbach’s much respected and beloved character “Lenny Driscoll.”
    Of all the police and law enforcement television show franchises, Law & Order stands out as the most realistic and its longevity speaks far better for itself than Hawaii 5-0, which shouldn’t have been revived because it was never the same.
    I’m a Yankees fan, but this year I’m pulling for the National League team, the Cubs, who were Farina’s favorite. No doubt he’s cracking open a beer up in Heaven awaiting the first pitch.

  • kkirkl

    Don’t get me wrong. I love Hawaii 5-0, and I love the characters of Danny and Steve, so I’ll keep watching. But I was disappointed that the writers felt the need to interject the political issue so prominently in the episode. Like some of you in the “comments” section, I do believe they presented both sides, with a little more emphasis on gun control. It is ironic that so many Hollywood celebrities and writers are for strict gun control but make their living on violent TV shows or in violent, foul-mouthed and vulgar movies. You have to admit, TV and movie characters kill “bad guys and gals,” and not just those that are immediately threatening them. Sometimes, like Danny two seasons ago, they kill bad guys who have been rendered non-threatening and sometimes, even helpless. It’s really a hypocritical situation.

  • easy100

    Funny, I think both sides were equally represented on Five-0.
    Steve is on the side of the 2nd Amendement…and he made it clear
    to Danny that a law biding people must also protect themselves
    with firearms if needed. Steve is a Navy Seal…and appears to be
    the conservative of the two.

  • Ralph Waldo

    Who wrote the script? Amy Schumer?

  • Ralph Waldo

    Lest it be assumed that Dano’s “gun nut” rant is typical of police officers I offer the following survey of actual police officers when asked questions about gun contriol.

  • Ralph Waldo

    Just recently:

    Police: Suspect shoots Overland Park man after disarming concealed weapon from him

  • glangston

    They have it easy, living on an island. No guns in Cuba except what the government needs….

  • Mojo

    I’ve been a fan since the beginning. Done. Thanks for ruining another show that was entertaining and actually brought some fun into an evening after crap at work.

    I’ve been demonized by people at work, by my family, by my neighbors, just about anywhere I go after this election. I’m not a bad guy, I just voted in an apparently politically incorrect way. Today a young millennial called me ‘stupid’. Nice. I came home to a lecture on CBS.

    Thanks, Dan-o. Prick