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Girl & a Gun, A DVD Review

12 Oct, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

First Run
Box Office $0.003 million
$24.95 DVD
Not rated.

In a country inhabited by about as many firearms as people, women gun owners represent the fastest-growing market segment (17 million) for gun manufacturers.

While fashion and color (notably pink) now adorn gun aisles at Bass Pro Shops and other gun retailers, the specter of firearms and women still remains largely a novelty and is the genesis for documentary A Girl & a Gun.

Director Cathryne Czubek wisely avoids the issue of gun control, focusing instead on seemingly disparate women personally affected and caught up by the gun culture.

A middle-age tai chi instructor educates herself on owning a firearm, self-defense and self-empowerment — partially in response to a stalking ex-boyfriend. A young widower recounts blasting away an intruder breaking into her Oklahoma trailer in the middle of nowhere. A member of the U.S. national skeet team displays shooting skills similar to those of legendary Annie Oakley filmed by Thomas Edison in 1894.

A suburban mom takes to advocacy after her daughter is confined to a wheelchair following a gang-related shooting. Another woman attempts to explain why she “snapped” and shot her girlfriend to death following an argument.

The doc presents the viewer with a wide-angle panorama of women locked and loaded — not indifferent from men. The viewer is left to find the contradictions. For example: A young mom wraps a rifle as a Christmas present for her 8-year-old son. At the same time she tears up remembering a brother accidently shot and killed years before during hunting season.

The disc includes an exclusive music video, plus deleted and extended scenes.

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