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Sundance Developing NRA Drama 'Cold Dead Hands'


Charlton Heston as NRA President


Oh boy. In a move that surely won't cause controversy, mass protests, or politically charged debate, Sundance Channel has announced the development of a new family drama set against the backdrop of the National Rifle Association.

According to a Deadline report, the project will be titled 'Cold Dead Hands,' an obvious play on the well known NRA slogan "I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands." The mantra goes back several decades, and experienced renewed popularity during the tenure of Hollywood legend Charlton Heston as NRA President.

'Cold Dead Hands' plot follows the (fictional) head of the NRA, Trip Thibodeaux, and the many pressures he deals with both professionally and personally. A husband and father, Trip must balance his status as America's leading gun rights advocate with his duties as a family man, all while struggling with his own crisis of faith in the cause.

With the gun rights debate at an all-time fever pitch, it's not at all surprising that a cable network like Sundance would decide to capitalize on the fervor in dramatic form. As decades of the 'Law & Order' franchise has taught us, few things captivate America more than "ripped from the headlines" stories.

That said, 'Cold Dead Hands' producers will have to walk a very fine line if they want to present this scenario in an at all evenhanded fashion, which is what series creators Tony Krantz and Scott Gold claim to want to do. Either way, I'd expect that the NRA will be unsatisfied with the final product.


Written by: msd85
Dec 18th, 2013, 3:47 am

Images courtesy of AP Photo/Ric Feld


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Message Posted On Dec 21st, 2013, 4:13 pm

Sigh, why am I responding to this garbage?


From the FBI:

  • In 2012, there were an estimated 1,214,462 violent crimes.
  • Nationwide, there were an estimated 8,975,438 property crimes.

From the UK statistics Office:

Violence against the person offences   601,134

Theft offences                                        1,850,156

Armed & Safe

Message Posted On Dec 21st, 2013, 12:49 pm
Homicides by firearm 2012 England 41 USA 9,146 Now factor-in the difference in population, the difference in total homicides in each nation, and the fact that in England, the populace is completely defenseless (e.g. the very public beheading in London a few months ago, where the public could do nothing but stand there drooling while it occurred). Sorry, I will take my chances here rather than England.

Message Posted On Dec 21st, 2013, 8:47 am
Europeans are subjects. We Americans choose to be citizens.

Message Posted On Dec 20th, 2013, 8:21 am
It should also be noted most of those homicides in the U.S. come from large urban centers. The places with the strictest gun control int he nation. Like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Apparently their gun control isn't working too well. The point is availability of guns has very little to do with crime rates. Crime is a very complex issue that is not just determined by gun laws. If safety is truly the concern here, why not ban pools? Drownings kill more people per year than guns. Alcohol kills more people per year than guns (well we tried banning that, didn't work). So does junk food. Obviously gun control has nothing to do with keeping people safe because then it wouldn't be about guns at all. The whole safety and crime argument is largely irrelevant anyway. The right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and it's there to give us means of preserving the liberty for which we fought (with those very same guns BTW). It has nothing to do with safety. Freedom isn't guaranteed safe. So if you Australians are content with being subjects of your government instead of citizens, and simply hoping for the mercy of the criminals who prey on you that's your choice. We Americans very much like our guns and "outdated" freedoms and a surprising amount of us will fight to defend them.

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Message Posted On Dec 19th, 2013, 6:21 pm
Well OK, but I don;t think weighting the statistics for population size changes the basic facts at all.
Gun homicides per 100,000 population
England    0.07
USA          2.97 (or more than 42 times the rate for England)
And bear in mind these figures are for homicide only and don’t include the vast numbers of accidental shootings.
Guns make Americans safe, LoL
Anonymous from before

Message Posted On Dec 19th, 2013, 7:10 am
That's funny because stabbings and beatings are a higher cause of death in the US than shootings so saying that criminals don't have the guts to stab you to death up close and personal is nonsense. If they want to kill you they'll kill you with whatever they got, even if it's not a gun. Also NO, I do not think banning all firearms would be a positive development. Here, firearms are used in MILLIONS of instances of self defense, most of which merely require the presence of the gun to end the situation with no shots being fired. Compare that to the 9,146 homicides (most of which are just rival gang members killing each other anyway) I'm seeing firearms doing a hell of a lot more good here than bad. Sure a world without firearms might be safer for the young fit guy who can stand his own in a fight. Not so much for the old guy about to get robbed who's fist-fighting days are long behind him. Or the 150lb lady who's about to get raped. If our second amendment is outdated as you believe, then please quit treating us like idiots saying "We need this registration scheme or this little gradual infringement to make you safer" We all know what you want, so quit beating around the bush and just get to the point. Call a constitutional convention and propose a repeal of the 2A. Let's see how well that works out.
Steven S.Baum

Message Posted On Dec 18th, 2013, 10:26 pm
This 'show' will cause many real American familys to turn the channel AND the advertisers must know it will not behoove them to be connected in ANY way with this pile of hoo haw. I find it amusing that the show will tout the 2nd Amendment beliefs,and not go after those that believe we have a 1 st Amendment that will remain = if we lose the 2 dn Amendment ?. Just goes to show the liberal/democrat agenda of disarming America so they can sheer the sheep.

Message Posted On Dec 18th, 2013, 8:29 pm
At Anonymous: Killing someone with a knife or your bare hands is far more personal than killing someone with a gun, and therefor a LOT of those who would be able to commit a homicide by shooting someone, would not be able to do it that way. And, to make 74666's comparison a little fairer all you have to do is multiply the number of homicides in England by 5, seeing as the USA has 5 times as many people. [sarcasm mode on] You're right, Anonymous! 205 homicides is almost as much as 9146! [/sarcasm mode off] Your right to bare arms is outdated and no longer has a place in the modern world. It's about time you relics start to realize that. Also, by banning guns completely (and destroying them whenever possible) you would greatly reduce the number of guns available in your country over the years (do not expect it to happen in a day ofcourse), making it harder and harder for criminals as well to get their hands on them, and making them more expensive in the process. Here in Europe you really have to know the right people and be willing to pay a lot of money to get your hands on one, which is why it doesn't happen very often that some crackhead uses it to rob the local liquor store or whatever. Don't you agree that that would be a positive development? And it would mean less firearm-related accidents as well, because let's face the facts, most people are idiots and that definitely goes for gun owners as well.

Message Posted On Dec 18th, 2013, 10:33 am
To 74666: I wonder why homicides by firearm are the only thing that matters to the gun-grabbers? Is getting stabbed or beaten to death somehow less violent? Also when comparing these things you looka t the RATE not the total. The US has 5 TIMES the population of the UK. That's hardly an even comparison.

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Message Posted On Dec 18th, 2013, 10:18 am

Homicides by firearm 2012

England     41
USA      9,146
Source UNODC
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