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December 28, 2002

ALERT: "Catch This Killer Blooper If You Can" - New Movie Review

Released on December 25, the new Steven Speilberg film, "Catch
Me If You Can," intriguingly develops the story of the FBI's
years-long chase of a gifted youthful con-artist and forger.
Starring Tom Hanks as the lead FBI agent and Leonardo DiCaprio
as the under-aged baby-faced crook, "Catch Me" supposedly
portrays a true story and delivers good solid entertaninment

A big problem is how the film focuses frequently -- and
dangerously -- on the handguns that the FBI agents carry. In
scene after scene, the camera zooms to a close up on Tom Hanks'
character and other FBI agents carrying revolvers with their
index fingers wrapped all the way around the triggers, and
pointing the loaded guns in any and all directions.

No self-respecting law officer with firearms training -- no
civilian with firearms safety awareness -- would carry a
firearm in such a patently unsafe way. What's more, FBI
street agents are required regularly to maintain firearms
proficiency and safety skills. Yet the agents in "Catch Me"
are seen waving guns around even amongst themselves and
civilians, showing not the least concern for accidental

It's more than a matter of technical movie-making details.
Camera angles in these scenes magnify the gun handling in
center screen. Spielberg and Co. must have had access to
qualified firearms experts, yet they chose to illustrate --
actually to highlight -- extraordinarily dangerous gun-
handling techniques.

Because a film director chooses camera angles deliberately
for effect, these scenes showing firearms misuse must have
been intentionally planned and selected.

The result is that millions of Americans will get yet another
dose of two-pronged propaganda: (1) the idea that people
should carry guns with their fingers tight around the trigger,
and (2) the myth that peace officers, even FBI agents, are so
inept that they handle firearms with such carelessness.

Here's a question: will the "gun control" lobby whip up a
campaign against Spielberg and his new flick because it
encourages dangerous handgun use? Remember, if just one
person dies because of misuse of firearms learned from the
movie, then all movies should be banned.

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