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Change can happen through teamwork, perseverance, courage, and communication. Argues that the NRA is a destructive force in America.
Positive Role Models
Phenomenal female role models like Lucy McBath, Gabrielle Giffords, Nicole Hockley, and X González are trying to prevent their own tragic circumstances from recurring by raising public awareness and political engagement to change policy. Diverse group of activists comes together to create change across gender, ethnic, and status lines.
Violence & Scariness
Subject matter is about gun violence/gun deaths. News clips show people in peril trying to escape or in significant emotional distress after shootings. Many images of people holding, aiming, and shooting guns in ways that may seem intimidating but not directly threatening.
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"Hell" and one use of "f--king."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
News clip of people smoking in the 1960s.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Price of Freedom is a documentary about how the National Rifle Association (NRA) gained influence in American politics and the subsequent rise in gun violence. It argues that the NRA is a destructive force in America, but it strives for balance by including perspectives from those leading both sides of the gun-regulation debate. Gun violence is a topic that most teens can't help but be aware of, and this film is more than just talk about arms laws -- it's an example of why critical thinking skills are crucial. Mature conversations about murder and mass shootings permeate the documentary, and discussions of incidents are demonstrated through news or security camera footage of people running for their lives from a shooter or those emotionally reacting during the aftermath of a shooting. Even though no horrific images are shown on screen, the upsetting statistics and stories of kids gunned down in the course of just going about their day may be fear-inducing. But the movie ends on a bright note: Viewers are shown that young people are some of the most effective change agents. The diverse group of interviewees features many inspiring role models, including women and people of color. News clips from the 1960s show men smoking, and there are a couple of instances of strong language: "hell" and one use of "f--king" for emphasis. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Anyone who's baffled about why the U.S. Congress won't pass gun legislation when 88 percent of Americans support it should watch director Judd Ehrlich's superb documentary. He pinpoints when and why the NRA became a political machine rather than an organization to support sports and hunting enthusiasts -- and how most of the organization's members were never in support of the direction it's taken. While calm and balanced, the movie is also eye-opening and has an application reaching far beyond the gun debate. The lessons here extend to strategy and manipulation; they're hard to forget and could potentially be helpful in other situations teens might encounter in life.
Documentaries are rarely balanced journalism. But here Ehrlich gives all sides of the gun-control debate a chance to speak and delivers well-researched facts, statistics, and a rattling reveal embedded toward the beginning of the film. When you're presented with statistics like the fact that the USA has seen an 183 percent increase in mass shootings since the assault weapons ban lapsed in 2004, it's hard to come to any other conclusion than that some kind of gun safety legislation is needed. The NRA's counterargument is that these deaths are collateral damage -- or, as the movie's title says, "the price of freedom." With its even treatment of an emotional topic, the documentary lays out very clearly that guns don't kill people: A lack of policy kills people.
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