Journalist Katie Couric is the executive producer and narrator of a new documentary on “gun violence” called Under the Gun. The film’s director Stephanie Soechtig edited out about four minutes of material and replaced it with about nine seconds of silence to make it appear as though the gun rights activists had no answer to Couric’s question about background checks.
Under the Gun bills itself as a documentary that “examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase.”
It follows a number of gun violence victims and those who have lost family members to gun violence as they advocate for stricter gun control laws. The 1 hour and 45 minute film was executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric.
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At one point in the documentary, Katie Couric asks a group of people from the Virginia Citizens Defense League – a gun rights organization – a question about background checks. She asks, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”
People appear in the film to have no answer to her question. Take a look:
However, in the raw audio that was provided to the Washington Free Beacon, three people can be heard responding to her question immediately. Here’s the actual exchange that took place that was edited out by the director:
What the viewer sees in the final cut of Under the Gun is just footage of the silent audience that was placed in the film right after Couric’s background check question. That was not at all what they were doing when Couric asked her question.
Both the director and Katie Couric deny any intention of making anyone look bad or stupid. According to the director, “My intention was to provide a pause for the viewer.” Couric followed up and said, “I support Stephanie’s statement and am very proud of the film.”