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Virginia Citizens Defense League et al.

Vs.

Katie Couric et al.

On September 13, 2016, the Virginia Citizens Defense League (“VCDL”) and two of its members filed a defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric and other makers of the anti-gun advocacy film Under the Gun. Filed in the Richmond Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the lawsuit seeks $12 million in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages. The film contains false footage purporting to show members of the VCDL sitting silently and avoiding eye contact for approximately nine seconds after a question about background checks. An unedited audio recording of the exchange reveals that, in reality, the interviewees had immediately begun answering Couric’s question and had explained the bases for their opposition to background checks for nearly six minutes. To manufacture the false and defamatory exchange, the filmmakers deleted all of the VCDL’s responses and spliced in silent footage from another part of the interview to make it appear as though the VCDL members had been stumped and have no basis for their position on background checks.

COMPARE THE MANIPULATED FOOTAGE IN “UNDER THE GUN” TO THE UNEDITED AUDIO RECORDING:


 

Edited Video

VS.

Unedited Audio

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