The Virginia Citizens Defense League is accusing veteran television journalist Katie Couric of editing footage of an interview to put them in a bad light. The gun rights group says that it has an audio recording to prove their contention.
Couric is the executive producer of the documentary "Under the Gun," which she also narrates. Couric interviewed the Virginia Citizens Defense League about the group's views about gun rights. In the film, when she asks a question that appears to stump members of the group, they hang their heads and apparently unable to answer her questions.
Couric asked: “Let me ask you another question, if there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?” The members of the group responded with silence.
However, the gun rights organization has since released an audio recording of the interview in question to Ammoland, a website that advocates gun rights. The audio apparently proves the group's assertion that a member responded: “If you’re a felon and you’ve done your time, you should have your rights." Another says, "The fact is, you do have statutes both at the federal and state level that prohibit classes of people from being in possession of firearms…” He continues, saying “What we’re really asking about is a question of prior restraint, how can we prevent future crime by identifying bad guys before they do anything bad. And the simple answer is, you can’t.”
The Ammo Land website had this to say about Couric: "Unbelievable. And extremely unprofessional. In essence Katie lied about the VCDL members’ answers. If she so cavalierly lied in this instance, what other things did she alter in this movie or any of her previous reporting to advance her own personal agendas?"