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A Girl & A Gun (2013/First Run Features DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C Documentary: C+

Girls with guns, a hot yet serious topic. The rage of females with guns has been portrayed from hot female superstar action movies to radical feminists with 'girl power'. Hollywood gives us femme fatales, but reality moms, aunts, girls arming themselves is not because they want to look hot or cool, but for self protection. While guns is identified and symbolic for males and consider to be 'boy toys', the idea of females with guns in reality is still sometimes questioned or even disapproved, but leave behind all stereotypes, guns are real, very dangerous and should be respected... regardless of gender.

Cathryne Czubeck's A Girl & A Gun (2013) gives us a hard look at women how arm themselves with a leisurely sense that the media, like that noted above, usually does not. The first thing when we think of girls with guns is either a Lara Croft or some movie or video game with a hot female with smoking guns, but this film explores more than that, the real life woman and why they want guns. Most of women with guns are the result of some violence related history, either to themselves or their family, after any such incident the for protecting one's self is natural and buying a gun is considered second nature. While the United States Constitution has an Amendment for our rights to bear arms and gun companies are open find a huge new market of buyers, this film shows some of the reasons why females can and should buy guns, and how they feel about it... and they feel good.

Girls with guns, while there are all sorts of jokes and symbolic innuendos behind it, the reality is guns are dangerous, history has shown how women can hand firearms, from Annie Oakley to Bonnie and Clyde to the modern woman and females in the military. Society has shape the influence in should females have guns, but it the end we know guns aren't like the movies. They are dangerous, powerful and require responsibility, so in the end I think it comes down to it is better to have one and not need it, than need it and not have one.

The picture and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 sound (barely stereo) are rough throughout and this can be trying to watch at times, but editing is good. Extras include extended & deleted scenes and music video.

- Ricky Chiang


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