Guntucky

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Pro-gun reality focuses on family, safety, legality.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show's focus is on family, and demonstrates how a family can work together successfully and have fun. Folks articulate their pleasure about having the legal freedom to own, buy, and shoot guns. Some clients want to act out fantasies that involve killing others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Sumners are a close family. Some family members have a military background; all of them like to shoot. Teens sometimes make poor decisions, but adults are around to offer consequences and lessons.

Violence

Pistols, hand guns, rifles, cannons, machine guns, and other weapons are shown being traded and/or fired by teens and adults. Cars, boats, and even old appliances get blown up with the help of bullets and explosives. Safety precautions are used on the range when required; viewers are reminded that the activities featured are conducted within the scope of the law and under professional supervision.

Sex
Language

Words like "hell," "pissed," and "damn" are audible; curses like "s--t" are bleeped.

Consumerism

The Knob Creek Gun Range is prominently featured. Endless makes and models of guns are discussed. References are made to iPhones, X-Boxes, and other electronic gadgets.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Guntucky is set at a family-run Kentucky firing range and depicts teens and adults using firearms to shoot at targets and blow up large objects. The show contains some positive messages about family, and actively supports gun ownership and safe and legal gun use. Teens and adults occasionally curse, though stronger words are bleeped. Kids might be drawn to some of the shooting reenactments and dramatic firepower showcased here, but viewers of all ages should be reminded to never try what they see here at home, or without professional training and supervision.

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What's the story?

From the producers of Pawn Stars comes GUNTUCKY, a reality series featuring a popular Kentucky gun range and the three generations of family who run it. It stars Biff Sumner Jr., the family patriarch and owner of the popular Knob Creek Gun Range, which is known to locals as a gun lover's theme park. While "Grandpa" Biff works with customers who want to legally buy and sell firearms, adult sons Kenny and Steven, and their adult kids, Chad and Stephanie, help clients live out their shooting fantasies. Adding to the fray is Steve's rather unmotivated teenage son Payton. From blowing up cars, boats, and other large items with the help of explosives, to staging events like zombie attacks, gangster-like drive-by shootings, and Civil War reenactments, the Sumner gang lets folks play with large amounts of firepower within the safety of the firing range. It gets a little crazy, but this family has a lot of fun doing what they do, and they do it responsibly.

Is it any good?

Guntucky features a close-knit extended family full of colorful personalities and demonstrates how folks can safely and legally have fun with their firearms. It also offers some historic background about guns, and their use in major historical battles all over the world. Tips on how to determine if a firearm is an original (and valuable) piece are also offered. But the show's real source of entertainment comes from its obvious focus on big explosions and gun fantasies, many of which include shooting (and killing) imaginary people.

Some folks may find it interesting and entertaining, but others may find some of these activities disturbing thanks to the national controversies surrounding gun control, and the many gun- and explosive-related tragedies that have received international media attention. Clients' comments about loving the freedom to own and shoot fire arms in America may also be unsettling to some. But if you can get past this, you will find positive themes about family, and the importance of acting responsibly in any situation.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about firearms and the media. Films, TV shows, and video games often depict lots of guns and shooting. How real do the consequences of using these firearms seem in these depictions? What kind of impact does it have on folks who are watching and or gaming?

  • What are the differences between the way firearms in film, TV, and digital games are featured, and the way they are used in this reality show?

  • Is it socially responsible to show people having fun shooting guns at things and blowing things up, even if it is in a safe and legal way? Why or why not? Given the controversy surrounding guns and other weapons in the United States, why do you think the producers of this series decided to put this show on the air?

  • What kind of messages do you think this show is trying to convey?

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