INFRINGED: Second Amendment in the Crosshairs
A fast-paced, hard-hitting documentary on one of the most critical American civil rights - designed to open eyes and change minds.
INFRINGED: Second Amendment in the Crosshairs
A fast-paced, hard-hitting documentary on one of the most critical American civil rights - designed to open eyes and change minds.
UPDATE: Check near the bottom of this page for articles, current media interviews and other press coverage of this critical project - look for the section titled "We've been getting some great publicity!" To our backers to date - MANY, MANY thanks for your support! Keep spreading the word! We have just about a week and a half to bring this project to the screen!
The Second Amendment is under attack like never before.
Oh really? The potential constraint of our Constitutional rights is what INFRINGED: Second Amendment in the Crosshairs is all about. Help fund this fast-moving feature-length documentary which fully explains and supports individual liberties guaranteed to all Americans in the Bill of Rights – liberties which are now being chipped away at an unprecedented rate. It will only reach the screen with your help.
INFRINGED will separate fact from fiction in today’s gun rights debate – which pits legal gun owners and those who wish to preserve their Second Amendment rights against politicians who wish to infringe upon or revoke them. It will show how the “constraint” Barack Obama calls for is without question an infringement of your liberties.
The Founding Fathers, having escaped oppression under a European ruling class, insisted that in America “We the People” would be free citizens, not subjects – and that the citizens would control their government – not the other way around. To that end, the Founding Fathers drafted and ratified the first ten amendments to the Constitution and called them “The Bill of Rights.” Their goal: to forevermore limit government power, ensure individual liberties and protect states’ rights.
INFRINGED will open with an accurate re-creation of the Founding Fathers’ original debate over The Bill of Rights – and from there time travel through the years, showing how the Second Amendment – the linchpin of all our liberties – has preserved lives and our freedoms right on up to the present day. We’ll hear the arguments on both sides in today’s gun rights debate – and reveal which are based in reality and which on emotion. Along the way we’ll meet today’s leading Constitutional scholars, law enforcement officers, firearms experts, mental health professionals, sportsmen and private citizens who have successfully used firearms – including so-called assault weapons – to defend themselves and their families against crime.
Here’s how INFRINGED will be produced
Our plan is to create a captivating, fast-moving 90 - 120 minute production comprised of historical reenactments, TV news footage and crime re-creations – augmented by insightful interviews with leading Constitutional scholars, police, crime victims and others – as well as advocates on both sides of today’s gun control debate. The historical re-creations will be shot on location and feature actors speaking dialogue adapted from the Founding Fathers’ own personal writings.
Context and perspective will be further supplied through revealing commentary by noted authors, university professors and other Constitutional experts. Once carefully combined, these elements will clearly illustrate how and why the Bill of Rights was conceived, debated and finally adopted. From there we’ll travel forward in time to the present day, highlighting a parade of historical moments in which the Second Amendment – the linchpin of all our individual liberties – preserved our freedoms over and over again. From there we’ll cover in detail all aspects of the present day battle over Second Amendment rights – interweaving key clips from debates, news footage and fresh interviews with advocates from both sides to see which arguments hold up under fact-check scrutiny. We’ll also meet up with crime victims who saved themselves and others through the legal use of firearms, law enforcement officers for their perspective and everyday citizens who make legal use of their Second Amendment rights every day, How would the reduction or revocation of those rights affect them – their livelihoods, their recreation and their safety?
INFRINGED will be shot in ultra-high-resolution cinematic widescreen, meeting the same technical standards of other feature films produced for theatrical distribution. It will be emotionally gripping, surprising, revealing, compelling, moving and even shocking at times – but will leave every viewer with a far clearer, more complete understanding of just what’s at stake in the battle to preserve our Second Amendment rights. As you’ll discover – it’s not just about guns.
Here’s how INFRINGED will be structured
INFRINGED will be produced in three 20-30 minute acts, followed by a concluding wrap-up.
Act I: The Bill of Rights. Following a rapid-fire preview of the overall production, we’ll begin with a dramatic re-creation of the Founding Fathers’ establishment of The Bill of Rights. Witness for yourself their debate – their actual words vividly brought to life by actors in period costumes and settings. Hear James Madison’s history-making 1789 address to Congress – and learn why, in the end, the Founding Fathers all agreed that the Bill of Rights was essential to preserve for all time the individual liberties of every American citizen. From there we’ll travel through the years, revealing the special importance of the Second Amendment and how it has been applied to save lives and our freedoms time and time again.
Act II: The Present-Day Gun Debate. What are the key talking points on each side of today’s gun control debate? Which are based on reality and which on emotion? We’ll fact-check them all – through the use of in-depth research, TV news clips and insightful interviews with key people on both sides. Then we’ll go beyond and showcase startling statistics and other irrevocable proof of just how vital Second Amendment rights have been in the past, are today and will be in the future. Among other things, we’ll compare the quality of life and crime rates between cities and towns with extreme anti-gun legislation in place and those strongly protective of Second Amendment rights. In which locales are you most safe – and the most free?
Act III: The Second Amendment Today. Second Amendment rights are lawfully exercised every day by hunters, collectors, target shooters and everyday people in self-defense situations. We’ll crisscross the country, meeting a broad cross-section of such citizens and discover how the loss of their Second Amendment rights would affect them. We’ll also learn the stories of crime victims who saved their own lives and the lives of others through the use of the same firearms some politicians now seek to ban. We’ll vicariously experience the traumas they endured through the use of news footage, re-creations and insightful interviews. Meet law enforcement officers who investigate such cases – and learn just how most state and local police view Second Amendment rights.
Epilogue: Where Things Go From Here. What will happen if anti-gun advocates and others seeking controlling power over all aspects of American life are allowed to chip away at or revoke every citizen’s Constitutionally guaranteed rights? What if any freedoms will still exist if our liberties are surrendered to and placed under the thumbs of government bureaucrats? Remember: our country was founded on the principle of a limited government answerable to the people – not the people forced to bend to the whims of a ruling class. Will the individual liberties spelled out in The Bill of Rights be preserved for all time – or allowed to be snatched away forever? And if they are lost, what will that mean for our children – and their children to come?
Meet the Producers
Peter Jay Gould – Executive Producer / Director
A staunch supporter of Constitutional principles in general and the Second Amendment in particular, Mr. Gould is a multiple award winning producer/director/editor who has spent more than 25 years in television, radio and motion picture production. The founder of The Intervale Group LLC, a Shelton, Connecticut based production company established in 2000, Mr. Gould’s career spans offline and online editing, video engineering, 2D and 3D animation, camera operation and lighting, field and studio production, direction and narration. His TV credits have earned multiple Emmys, Tellys and other awards and have aired on major broadcast networks, cable feeds and elsewhere.
Gary Theroux – Lead Writer / Producer
Gary Theroux is an Emmy-nominated, multiple award winning writer-producer who has crafted programming (primarily documentaries) for Disney, PBS, CBS and others. Over his 20 year run at Reader’s Digest Entertainment (the last ten as Senior Editor), Mr. Theroux helped found and lead Reader’s Digest’s multi-award-winning Film and Video division. More recently he helped guide a new talent showcase TV series to multiple Emmy wins. A master storyteller with numerous books, scripts and articles to his credit, Mr. Theroux has earned renown for his painstaking research and insightful interviews — having conducted more than one thousand so far. A former UCLA instructor and guest on “The Today Show,” “Larry King” and similar programs, Gary’s specialty is the conception, development, direction, writing and production of moving, compelling, award-winning radio and TV programming.
Jennifer Larsen – Producer, Field Operations
For more than a decade, Jennifer Larsen has traveled throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe producing storytelling film and television programs. In addition to her experience working on multiple Emmy-winning projects, Jennifer is a recognized expert in firearms and self defense for women (subjects she has taught extensively). A compassionate and insightful interviewer, Ms. Larsen is equally at ease with high profile experts and the victims of violent crime. In addition to her film and television work, Ms. Larsen has performed field investigations and covert surveillance using digital photography, video and other technologies.
Frank Petrilli – Co-Writer; Director - Reenactments
An award-winning feature film producer and screenwriter, Frank Petrilli truly shines as a director of dramatic reenactments. Mr. Petrilli began his career in the advertising and PR fields, both with the Austin Lawrence Group and Hylen Sharp Advertising, where he served as Business Manager and Production Head. Frank has polished film and TV scripts for Hurricane Development and served as managing editor of INDIE Magazine, which covers the world of independent filmmaking. For many years he has taught acting, directing and on-camera technique at Sacred Heart University, Weist-Baron, Manhattanville College and Western Connecticut State University. His other credits include runs as Artistic Director with the Ten Ten Players, the Acme Stage Company and the Oakwood Players in Los Angeles.
Here are just some of the Constitutional Experts we plan to interview
M. Carol Bambery, J.D. – Carol Bambery is a law professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she developed and taught law courses on the Second Amendment, natural resource law, and oil and gas law. She currently supervises the D.C. law student externship program for Cooley Law School and is an adjunct professor at Michigan State College of Law, Lansing, Michigan.
Randy E. Barnett, J.D. – Randy Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the Georgetown Center for the Constitution and teaches constitutional law and contracts.
Stephen P. Halbrook, J.D., Ph.D – Dr. Halbrook is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and his acclaimed Institute volume The Founders' Second Amendment is the first book-length account of the origins of the Second Amendment, based on the Founders' own statements as found in newspapers, correspondence, debates, and resolutions.
David T. Hardy, J.D. – David Hardy is a private attorney and has practiced law since 1975. A graduate of the University of Arizona Law School, he previously served as an attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., for ten years and now lives in Tucson, AZ, where he practices law. Hardy has written numerous legal journal articles and books, on Second and Fourteenth Amendment issues as well as on the origins of gun control in America. His writings have figured prominently in numerous court cases, being commonly cited in amicus briefs and directly in the majority opinion and Clarence Thomas's concurrence in McDonald v. Chicago.
Nicholas J. Johnson, J.D. – Nicholas J. Johnson is Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law and is an editor of Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Cases and Materials (Aspen Press, 2012). Professor Johnson is the author of more than a dozen law review articles on firearms regulation and the Second Amendment.
David Kopel, J.D. – David Kopel is Adjunct Professor of Advanced Constitutional Law at the Sturm College of Law, University of Denver. He earned his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan, and his BA, with Highest Honors in History, from Brown University. The author of 12 books, he is Research Director of the Independence Institute, a public policy research organization in Golden, Colorado, and is an Associate Policy Analyst with the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.
Nelson Lund, J.D., Ph.D. – Professor Lund has served as Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at George Mason University School of Law from 2003 through the present. He has written widely in the field of constitutional law, including articles on constitutional interpretation, federalism, separation of powers, the Second Amendment, the Commerce Clause, the Speech or Debate Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and the Uniformity Clause.
Joseph E. Olson, J.D., L.L.M. – Professor Olson is Professor of Law at Hamline University School of Law and is a leading authority on Second Amendment issues. For many years he has taught a Constitutional Law seminar on the Second Amendment and he also filed amicus briefs in both District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago before the US Supreme Court. Olson is president of Academics for the Second Amendment and past-president of The Corporate Counsel Association.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds, J.D. – Professor Reynolds is Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. His special interests include constitutional law and law-and-technology issues, and his work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including the Columbia Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Law and Policy in International Business, Jurimetrics, and the High Technology Law Journal.
Eugene Volokh – Immigrating from the USSR at age 7 and earning his Bachelor’s Degree at UCLA by age 15, Eugene Volokh is Professor of Law at UCLA Law School in Los Angeles, California. Before arriving at UCLA, he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Volokh is the author of the textbooks The First Amendment and Related Statutes (4th ed. 2011), The Religion Clauses and Related Statutes (2005), and Academic Legal Writing (4th ed. 2010).
But we're not just interviewing Constitutional experts – here are some of the others
Nicole Goeser – Nicole is the author of Denied a Chance: How Gun Control Killed My Husband. In one terrible moment on April 2, 2009, Nikki's life was changed forever. Although legally qualified to carry a firearm, she was forced to lock her gun in the glove compartment of her car due to a Tennessee law that prohibited citizens with a carry permit from bringing their firearm into any place where alcohol is served – despite the fact that she was there to work with her husband at their karaoke business, not to drink. Nikki was forced to watch in horror as a man who had been stalking her pumped six bullets from a .45 caliber pistol into her husband Ben Goeser, ending his life and shattering Nikki’s existence. Since that terrible day, Nikki has worked tirelessly to eliminate the dangerous “no carry” zones that protect no one and make it easier for criminals to victimize law abiding citizens.
John R. Lott Jr., Ph.D. – One of the nation’s preeminent commentators on the present-day gun rights debate, John Lott is an American economist and political commentator who has held academic posts at the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Maryland, College Park, and at the American Enterprise Institute think tank. He is best known among the Second Amendment community for his well-known book More Guns, Less Crime (University of Chicago Press, 1998, 2000, 2010). He is currently a Fox News opinion contributor.
Terry Maketa – Sheriff Terry Maketa is the chief law enforcement official of El Paso County, Colorado, and has emerged as one of law enforcement’s leading opponents to the current anti-gun lobby. During his nearly three decades in law enforcement, Sheriff Maketa has held key management positions in Patrol, SWAT, Financial Services, Professional Standards, Concealed Handgun Program, Records, Fleet, Communications, Training, and Information Services. Terry was overwhelmingly elected Sheriff of El Paso County in November of 2002 and is the twenty-seventh Sheriff of El Paso County. He has completed over 1500 hours of specialized law enforcement training, including successful completion of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. Sheriff Maketa is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, County Sheriffs of Colorado, FBI National Academy Associates and holds board positions on the Pikes Peak Regional Communications Network, The El Paso/Teller 911 Authority Board, the Justice Advisory Grant Board, the Criminal Justice Information Steering Advisory Policy Board, the Criminal Justice Information Steering Committee and the DNA Task Force. Terry has also provided testimony before various committees of the Colorado State Senate as well as the House of Representatives on Law Enforcement Legislation.
Bill Porter – A decorated US military veteran, law enforcement officer and firearms expert, Bill Porter is Director Emeritus of the Smith & Wesson Training Academy. Bill’s career began during his service with the Infantry Division of the United States Army, followed by a 24 year career with the Michigan State Police. During his police career, Bill was promoted through the rank of Sergeant to Detective-Lieutenant. He also served as State Police Firearms Instructor and he was Commander of the Ordnance and Marksmanship training Unit from 1991 - 1994. Bill’s law enforcement experience spanned rural and urban environments and included numerous encounters with violent criminals armed with various types of weapons, enabling him to speak from a seasoned law enforcement officer’s perspective about gun control issues. Following his decorated State Police career, Bill joined the staff of the Smith & Wesson Academy. For over 40 years the Academy has been considered one of America's finest training facilities by our nation's law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement personnel from every state and over 50 foreign countries have come to the Springfield, Massachusetts facility to receive state-of-the-art instruction, to prepare for and exceed the demanding needs of law enforcement. Bill served with the Academy for fifteen years, providing training to military and law enforcement agencies around the world including on-site training in combat areas in the Middle East. Bill became Director of the Academy in 2007 and retired in 2012.
Our Plans for Interactive Elements
In order to engage and build a ready audience for INFRINGED, we intend to make strong and savvy use of a wide variety of technological and social media tools, including Facebook, Twitter and more.
As the preservation of our Constitutional rights can only happen through the personal involvement of as many actively engaged people as possible, our now active website and Facebook page have been specifically designed to hook and hold while maximizing the presentation of factual information and interaction. As production begins, both will feature intriguing pre-release clips from INFRINGED and provoke public response. Aside from those comments, visitors will be asked to contribute photos and stories, many of which will become part of a permanent archive. We’ll respond to submissions by e-mailing survey questions – and publish the results. We’ll discuss related news stories, articles, noteworthy books and television programming concerned citizens either may have not known about and missed or should check out. Our Facebook page and website have already become clearinghouses for up-to-the-minute information of just where the battle over Second Amendment rights stands from moment to moment.
Throughout production, the INFRINGED crew will contribute guest blogs to other leading sites. We’ll also upload a monthly insider podcast designed to further generate organic traffic and publicity. By the time INFRINGED is ready for release to theaters, we will have assembled a massive audience eager to not only see the film and buy home video copies but enthusiastically spread the word to others.
This is a great idea – but why fund INFRINGED through Kickstarter?
We’ve assembled a terrific team to produce INFRINGED – but let’s face it. No motion picture which SUPPORTS Second Amendment rights is ever going to be funded by Hollywood or the mainstream media. And other large organizations that might fund such a project would open it to the criticism that the film is a propaganda piece produced by the firearms industry, diminishing its credibility. To independently produce a high-quality film of this nature – and retain its credibility – requires huge grassroots support.
That’s why we need you. We’ve set a $200,000 minimum funding goal for this project and with that budget we can make a very solid documentary. Every dollar above that, though, will allow us to upgrade the production values even more - and that means a more engaging film that will reach more people, open more eyes and change more minds on this critical topic.
Consider for a moment last year's runaway success, 2016: Obama's America. It was made on a two million dollar budget. With funding at that level, we can substantially improve the finished production through more extensive and ambitious historical reenactments, enhanced motion graphics, additional acquired footage and other heightened production values. How far we can take INFRINGED is entirely in your hands. So even if you look at this project and we've met our minimum goal - don't let that stop you from helping out!
So here’s what you can do to help!
Click on the rectangle on page right that says “Back This Project” or on any of the individual Rewards. If you believe as we do that this is a critically important story for every American to hear, then select the highest amount you can afford – and help us tell it. As an extra incentive, we’ve assembled a graduated array of special Kickstarter Rewards you can receive with our deepest thanks at various levels of participation.
We've been getting some great publicity!
Here are some of the places INFRINGED has been talked about:
You can see VIDEO of some of the above interviews on our YouTube channel
These interviews can help you get to know our producers and understand how important this project is to us.
Risks and challenges
No creative project is 100% risk free, but we have a good sense of what the risks and challenges are going in.
The biggest challenge is distribution – INFRINGED does not yet have a distributor attached although we do have relationships with distributors who are interested in seeing the final version. Keep in mind that 2016: OBAMA'S AMERICA used a grassroots distribution method and became wildly successful. During the course of producing INFRINGED we expect to develop a large audience for the project that would make a grassroots approach just as successful as the one employed by the 2016 team.
The lineup of Constitutional and other experts is subject to change based upon scheduling and availability, though many in the existing panel have expressed complete commitment to the project. We anticipate no difficulty in presenting a comprehensive expert panel.
If you fund the project, we intend to start pre-production right away, shoot through the fall, winter and spring, run postproduction concurrently with much of the shooting, and finish the film in time for a fall release. There's a very accomplished team behind the scenes with a lot of experience keeping to a schedule.
For those of you who are attending an event or joining us on set, we will do our best to keep you in the loop on our schedule, but as you can guess, it will be subject to change based upon availability of locations, experts to be interviewed, actors to play various roles and so forth.
THE FINE PRINT (stuff the lawyers always want included)
• For those of you visiting our set, we anticipate shooting in a variety of locations including various parts of Virginia and surrounding areas, Pennsylvania, California, New York, Tennessee, Florida and others. The number of locations will vary with the final amount raised. We'll do our best to keep you updated.
• If you become an extra (including the on-screen "I support the Second Amendment" appearances) or receive a cast credit, you must be a US citizen or have a US work visa, and not be a member of SAG/AFTRA.
• If you are to appear in a period reenactment, you must meet the demographic of who would be found in the USA in the late 1700s so the documentary can retain its authenticity.
• You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to visit the set; on-screen appearances or cast credits also require that you be over 18.
• Some rewards may require additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the film, you will have to sign a release.
• All shooting locations are subject to change for a variety of reasons, including the amount of money we are able to raise and the particular locations giving us the right to shoot.
• This fundraising campaign is subject to all applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules and applicable law. If any of these conflict with a reward you have selected, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.
To sum it up, movie making is a crazy business, with a lot of unknown factors. We have a great team and a fantastic lineup of on-screen experts. It's impossible to guarantee everything will come together exactly as planned, but in the end, we will have created a first-rate documentary that we believe we will all be proud of - and that will help to change the national dialogue on gun rights and the Second Amendment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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