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By Billy Johnson
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About

When it comes to violence, the United States has a great story to tell. Violent crime in the U.S. has fallen by over 50% in the last 20 years.* Yep, you read that right. Our streets, homes, and children are safer today than they were 20 years ago. But the media never talks about that. Don’t you wonder why?

Despite this dramatic decrease in violent crime, a majority of Americans will tell you that violence is epidemic and that crime is on the rise.

And as our fear of violent crime rises, so too does the ever rabid push for increasingly stringent controls on gun ownership.

The right to keep and bear arms is preserved in the United States Constitution. The media-fed misperception that we are less safe, and that guns are the cause, has been used repeatedly to deny that constitutional right. To push our political leaders and our fellow citizens to demonize that right.

It’s time we take an honest look at the true state of violence in America, what causes it, and what we are doing to decrease it.

That’s my goal for Protecting Liberty, a feature-length documentary produced and directed by me, Billy Johnson. In this film, I will interview experts, advocates, and naysayers. I will reveal why we have such a widespread misperception about violent crime. And, I will argue that violence is driven by several things, but gun ownership isn’t one of them.

About Billy

Billy Johnson is a filmmaker, entrepreneur, staunch defender of individual rights, and former NRA News Commentator. Motivated by the media coverage of the Newtown tragedy, Billy launched his liberty-loving blog, Amidst the Noise with his first YouTube video, “Choose Your Own Crime Stats.” When not busy defending the U.S. Constitution or walking his dogs, he’s been working hard at running two entrepreneurial ventures. He spent the last 10 years freelancing in the film business while operating his own production company; and in 2011, launched a tactical accessory business.

Budget

During my 10 years in the film industry, I learned pretty quickly that making films is expensive. Here is just a short list of where the money we raise will be spent:

  • Paying Crew
  • Travel Expenses
  • Equipment Costs 
  • Archival Research 
  • Licensing Footage and Music 
  • Production Insurance 
  • Post Production Costs: Animation, Mixing, Timing, Deliverables 
  • Errors & Omissions Insurance (E&O)

Risks and challenges

I don’t anticipate that a film created by a staunch defender of the second amendment will receive a warm reception with traditional Hollywood. It might be hard to find financing, to find experienced film crews, and to find studios to distribute the film. While this is challenging, it’s also very motivating. I refuse to let anyone tell me what stories should be told.

Because one focus of this film is media coverage of violence and gun control, we will need to license a significant amount of archival footage. This is both expensive and time-consuming. It is possible that we may not be able to use some footage that would support the storyline of the film.

*FBI Uniform Crime Report

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    You’ll receive a personalized thank you email and a virtual hug from Billy. Plus you’ll get all the Kickstarter project updates.

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    All of the above, plus you’ll be listed in the film credits. Your mom will be so proud.
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    All of the above, plus a signed movie poster. And, just because we love numbers with lots of zeroes, you’ll also be invited to a virtual town hall hosted by Billy with special guests from the film.

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    In addition to bragging rights as a 2a superhero, you’ll get all previous prizes plus a 30-minute phone call or Skype session with Billy. You’ll also be invited to screen a rough cut of the film in Las Vegas at SHOT Show 2016. Must be in Vegas, but you will not need access to SHOT Show to participate.

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    You get all the perks. PLUS, you will receive Executive Producer credit on the film. You’re kind of a big deal at that point. You’ll also get the SHOT Show VIP Experience - breakfast or lunch with Billy and an exclusive screening of the rough cut of the film.

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