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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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