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hitRECord Gun Theme

hitRECord has announced a Gun Theme as one of the 8 themes set for season 2 of hitRECord on TV

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United States -(Ammoland.com)- hitRECord; an Open Collaborative Production Company, has recently announced a new and exciting open collaborative project involving firearm regulations from around the world.

The theme was announced along with several other themes marked for the second season of the hitRECord’s latest production, Hit Record on TV. Director Joseph Gordon Levitt says he’s interested in stimulating an open-ended discussion in order to get people thinking, get people feeling, and get people engaged with the topic of firearms.

The theme has already generated a lot of opinionated comments and posts with a lot of very strong and opposing arguments. One of the main concerns that people seemed to have regarding the theme was whether or not it belongs on a Variety Show with a majority of the people stating that there’s no place for controversial themes on such a show. ( Warning; Lots of anti gun sentiment. )

Something Director Levitt seems to strongly disagree with and for great reason ( hmm maybe ratings? ). Variety Shows offer a chance to address any concerns and state something substantial on the subject at hand without creating a one-sided and subordinate form of entertainment.

“There’s a big difference between endorsing something and making art about something. You can make art about something that is completely critical, somewhat critical, that shows the shades of grey between the black and white. In fact I think that’s what art is best at,” said Levitt, Director and CEO of hitRECord.

hitRECord is a new and unique kind of Production Company that involves the invitation of a variety of artists; illustrators, musicians, photographers, writers, and video editors, from around the world to contribute their work online. It’s a little bit different from your average Hollywood production company because anyone with an internet enabled device can join in and contribute their original ideas, opinions, and artwork to the vast selection of collaborative projects.

Everything seen on the television show is created collaboratively by a community of hundreds upon thousands of artists, with each episode of Hit Record on TV revolving around an individual theme. The production company creates everything from art, books, music, short films, and their latest production is a television show called hitRECord on TV.

So How Does It Work?

There are always a ton of collaborative projects that anyone can join in and help work on, whether it be copywriting, editing, rewriting, drawing, sketching, photographing, etc. To contribute to a project, artists can upload an original piece of work or build upon what others are already working on.

Q&A’s are posted for each episode in order for artists to share anything they want from stories, testimonials, individual experiences, or anything unique to themselves. All of which could potentially inspire and turn into a short film, song, or any other production on the show.

While none have been set in stone as of yet, a total of eleven angles have been mentioned for the theme:

  • Gun Ownership – Do you own a gun? Why or why not?
  • Hunting – Do you have any good hunting stories?
  • Gun Policies Around the World – Do you know your nation’s gun policies? What about the history behind it?
  • Toy Guns - What are your experiences with toy guns?
  • Jobs That Require Guns – Does your particular line of work involve the requirement of a firearm? Do you have any interesting stories to share with the community?
  • A World without Guns – Could you imagine a world without guns? What do you think it would be like? Do you think this scenario is even possible?
  • Guns in Entertainment and the Media – Is it a good thing or a bad thing?
  • The Wild West - Interesting stories, history behind the Wild West?
  • Muscles – Have you ever wondered why they’re commonly referred to as guns?
  • The Business Side of Guns – Do you work in the business of firearms retail; if so, any interesting stories?
  • Strangers with Guns – Have you ever had to protect yourself with a gun? Stories about robbers, etc.

 

Not included in the angles list above are my suggested topics:

  • Its a Right - You have a right as pointed on in the Bill of Rights to own, keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment protects our right as a free state to keep and bear arms. The concept originates within the origins of English common law long before the enactment of the Bill of Rights. Sir William Blackstone was an English jurist, judge and Tory politician of the eighteenth century who commented on the right as, “a public allowance under due restrictions, of the natural right of resistance and self-preservation, when the sanctions of society and laws are found insufficient to restrain the violence of oppression.”
  • Shooting Sports – Are you a professional in the Shooting Sports Industry? Any interesting stories?

 

There’s even a miscellaneous section for those that don’t think their stories or contribution would fit in one of the aforementioned categories. As for the business side of the company, hitRECord does pay all the artists who contribute work to the productions. While a bit of a controversial subject from the start, please remember to be courteous and respectful to your fellow members of society.

Article by Justin Stakes
Copyright @ J. Stakes Photography

Justin Stakes is a Freelance Photographer and Journalist dealing with a variety of different subjects that interest and inspire his love for the great outdoors and more. Justin is an avid outdoor enthusiast and geek with a photographic style that is a mixture of photojournalism and fine art. He has won three Photo Show Competitions throughout his education and has even been exhibited in the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art.

  • One User comment to “Pro Gun Opinions on Firearms Needed for the Upcoming Season of HitRECord on TV”

    1. In the USA owning, training, and using guns is more then a protected right, it is a requirement by the US Constitution.

      Starting with the framers and forefathers:

      “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.” George Washington

      Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 29: “What plan for the regulation of the militia may be pursued by the national government is impossible to be foreseen… Little more can reasonably be aimed at with the respect to the people at large than to have them properly armed and equipped; and in order to see that this be not neglected, it will be necessary to assemble them once or twice in the course of a year.”

      Joel Barlow, Revolutionary War veteran, wrote “Advice to the Privileged Orders, in the Several States of Europe”, successful diplomat, and American whose political writings were debated on the floor of Parliament said of the US Constitution: “… not only permitting every man to arm, but obliging him to arm.”

      Hamilton, Federalist 28: “… there exists a right of self-defense against a tyrannical government, and it includes the people with their own arms”.

      Thomas J. Jackson: “The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.”Thomas Jefferson:“Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.”

      James Madison: “An efficient militia is authorized and contemplated by the Constitution and required by the spirit and safety of free government.”

      James Madison: “… large and permanent military establishments … are forbidden by the principles of free government, and against the necessity of which the militia were meant to be a constitutional bulwark.”

      Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, floor debate over the 2nd Amendment, I Annals of Congress: “What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to PREVENT THE ESTABLISMENT OF A STANDING ARMY, the bane of liberty….”

      Samuel Adams: “It is always dangerous to the liberties of the people to have an army stationed among them, over which they have no control … The Militia is composed of free Citizens. There is therefore no danger of their making use of their Power to the destruction of their own Rights, or suffering others to invade them…”

      St. George Tucker, a lawyer, Revolutionary War militia officer, legal scholar, and later a U.S. District Court Judge, wrote of the Second Amendment: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and this without any qualification as to their condition or degree, as is the case in the British government.” (The Supreme Court has cited Tucker in over forty cases, in the major cases of virtually every Supreme Court era.)

      James Monroe: “Of the liberty of conscience in matters of religious faith, of speech and of the press; of the trial by jury of the vicinage in civil and criminal cases; of the benefit of the writ of habeas corpus; of the right to keep and bear arms…. If these rights are well defined, and secured against encroachment, it is impossible that government should ever degenerate into tyranny. “

      John Norton Pomeroy: “The object of this clause [the right of the people to keep and bear arms] is to secure a well-armed militia…. But a militia would be useless unless the citizens were enabled to exercise themselves in the use of warlike weapons. To preserve this privilege, and to secure to the people the ability to oppose themselves in military force against the usurpations of government, as well as against enemies from without, that government is forbidden by any law or proceeding to invade or destroy the right to keep and bear arms.”

      State Gazette (Charleston): “No free government was ever founded or ever preserved its liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defense of the state…. Such are a well regulated militia, composed of the  freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen.”

      Samuel Adams: “Under every government the last resort of the people, is an appeal to the sword; whether to defend themselves against the open attacks of a foreign enemy, or to check the insidious encroachments of domestic foes.  Whenever a people … entrust the defence of their country to a regular, standing army, composed of mercenaries, the power of that country will remain under the direction of the most wealthy citizens.
      And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of some one or more of them; or to prevent the people from petitioning, in a peaceable and orderly manner, the federal legislature, for a redress of grievances; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possessions”.

      Andrews v. State explains, this “passage from Story, shows clearly that this right was intended, as we have maintained in this opinion, and was guaranteed to, and to be exercised and enjoyed by the citizen as such, and not by him as a soldier, or in defense solely of his political rights.”

      Cockrum v. State: “The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the high powers delegated directly to the citizen, and is excepted out of the general powers of government. A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power”.

      Nunn vs. State: ‘The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ The right of the whole people, old and young, men, women and boys, and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, and not such merely as are used by the milita, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in upon, in the smallest degree; and all this for the important end to be attained: the rearing up and qualifying a well-regulated militia, so vitally necessary to the security of a free State. Our opinion is that any law, State or Federal, is repugnant to the Constitution, and void, which contravenes this right”.

      Bliss v. Commonwealth: “Arms restrictions – even concealed weapons bans – are unconstitutional, since arms bearing is an individual right and the legislature may not restrict any aspect of such a right.”

      Black’s Law Dictionary, 3rd Edition: The body of citizens in a state, enrolled for discipline as a military force, but not engaged in actual service except in emergencies, as distinguished from regular troops or a standing army.

      From the US Constitution:

      US Constitution, Article I, Section. 8, Clause 11: “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water”.

      The congress has the duty to grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal when they are needed to enforce the US Constitution, the laws, or defend the people and the nation. This is using private citizens in their own privately owned crafts to defend the USA and her people, this is using the Militia.

      Clause 15: “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel invasions.”

      This clause is very straightforward. The militia of each state is taxed with the defense of the USA and her people, not just with the defense of their state; and they are to be armed with weapons that can repel any invasions bearing modern weapons of war. Congress is required in Clause 16 to provide those military grade weapons for the militias.

      Clause 16: “To provide for organizing, ARMING, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”.

      Each state’s Militia is made up of “We the People” protecting our own interests, homes, states, nation, and enforcing our governments. The Militia has as its constitutionally assigned duties to:
      – Enforce the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution,
      – Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which is constitutional laws ONLY),
      – Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
      – “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

      The US Constitution guarantees to each state its own “Republican form of government”. It is every state’s Militia that is the ONLY Constitutionally assigned force to “counter Invasions” and “Domestic Violence” within our nation.

      There is NO provision within the US Constitution for any type of governmental professional law enforcement. Actually that is forbidden as the framers were well educated and knew from history and their own experiences that governmental professional soldiers or LE’s are always used against their own people sooner or later.

      That is why they decided to make sure that the people themselves trained regularly and were armed with all the “terrible implements of the soldier” to stop those who serve within our governments from usurping powers and going against their own people.

      The forefathers wouldn’t put the militia under federal control as there was always a chance that those in office would turn traitorous against the people. They already had learned, and history taught – then and now, that people in places of power could not be trusted. So they broke it up; the people ARE the militia and would keep the best interests of the people themselves at the forefront of all decisions made. Then they assigned the duty of organizing, arming, and disciplining each state’s militia to the federal congress; and to each state the appointment of their Militia’s officers and their training; all under Article I, Section. 8, Clause 16:

      “To provide for organizing, ARMING, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”.

      The Second Amendment was and IS to preserve and guarantee the pre-existing right of individuals to keep and bear arms, it does not grant them.
      What the framers, courts, newspapers of that time period, and the people said about the Militia, and the Second Amendment.

      Richard Henry Lee: “A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …”

      George Mason, Co-author of the 2nd Amendment: “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”

      Thomas Cooley: “The right is general. It may be supposed from the phraseology of this provision that the right to keep and bear arms was only guaranteed to the militia; but this would be an interpretation not warranted by the intent. The militia, as has been explained elsewhere, consists of those persons who, under the law, are liable to the performance of military duty, and are officered and enrolled for service when called upon. . . . If the right were limited to those enrolled, the purpose of the guarantee might be defeated altogether by the action or the neglect to act of the government it was meant to hold in check. The meaning of the provision undoubtedly is, that the people, from whom the militia must be taken, shall have the right to keep and bear arms, and they need no permission or regulation of law for that purpose”.

      Samuel Adams: “Under every government the last resort of the people, is an appeal to the sword; whether to defend themselves against the open attacks of a foreign enemy, or to check the insidious encroachments of domestic foes.  Whenever a people … entrust the defence of their country to a regular, standing army, composed of mercenaries, the power of that country will remain under the direction of the most wealthy citizens.
      And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of some one or more of them; or to prevent the people from petitioning, in a peaceable and orderly manner, the federal legislature, for a redress of grievances; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possessions”.

      Patrick Henry: “If you have given up your militia, and Congress shall refuse to arm them, you have lost every thing. Your existence will be precarious, because you depend on others, whose interests are not affected by your infelicity.”

      William Rawle, whose work was adopted as a constitutional law textbook at West Point and other institutions, and was United States Attorney for Pennsylvania, describes the scope of the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms:
      “The prohibition is general. No clause in the constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretence by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both.”

      It is a requirement of our legitimate government, and we allowed them to put into place governmental professional law enforcement to replace us as the Militia of the several states. We are currently paying for our naivete.

      Tench Coxe, ‘Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution’, in the Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789, on the Second Amendment where he asserts that it’s the people with arms, who serve as the ultimate check on government:
      “As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow-citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms”.

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