Pro-2A documentary in the works - donations needed - Assaulted


February 7, 2013, 02:08 PM
Last night I received a comment stating, “I already donated to the first campaign. Still not sure why I need to donate again?” This is a fair question that I’m sure many of you have, so I will use my answer as today’s update.

Before I start with my answer, I want to thank each of you for your donations. Each of you made it possible for us to conduct 55 interviews, capture some great b-roll and do the research that will make Assaulted a meaningful documentary and one that we hope will change minds and sway opinions when it comes to the 2nd Amendment. laid plans of mice and men.

Last fall when we held the first Kickstarter, gun control and assault weapons were mostly the subjects left for the court of appeals. California gun owners with the help of CalGuns Foundation, SAF and other state gun associations successfully stopped SB249, a bill that would have made Bullet Button equipped AR-15s and AK-47s illegal in the golden state. It was a cautious victory but one, combined with court successes across the country, seemed to show positive progress on the ability to exercise our 2nd Amendment right. We therefore had an open completion date on the project.

Then all hell broke loose.

Obama was reelected and suddenly the UN Small Arms Treaty was back on the negotiating table and the possibilities of end runs around the 2nd Amendment. This bad news was followed by the horrific news of Newtown and the snowball of executive and legislative action that now has gun owners facing 31 gun control bills in congress and many more across the 50 states.

Taking the argument out of the courtroom and into the theaters.

All of this has put an incredible amount of pressure on us to get this film completed and into theaters. We need to triple the size of the post team to finish the film in early March. Combine these challenges with the fact that our efforts to secure an underwriter to cover the finishing costs have been unsuccessful, forced us to return to Kickstarter because we no longer have the luxury of time. The gun control debate is now front-and-center in American media and the need to complete our film has grown exponentially.

Thank you, again.

We’re here asking for your help again, whether it’s a donation or encouraging your friends to join us. If you feel that you have given enough to our project, know that you have helped us immensely with your funding and we appreciate it. If the current ammo shortage has left you with a few extra dollars in your pocket, consider donating it to the film. You may not be able to blow holes into a target this weekend, but you will be helping us blow holes in the arguments that are being used to restrict your 2nd Amendment rights.

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February 7, 2013, 02:46 PM
I'd probably change the title to "Pro-2A documentary in the works - donations needed" Most people don't know that "Assaulted" is a movie, let alone a documentary, and most people don't know what Kickstarter is except for us hip dudes.

February 7, 2013, 05:05 PM
Just so we can get things rolling, some of us realize that this has become way more of a hot potato since Sandy Hook and the push by the Obama administration.

I know this effort was in place before then, but it *REALLY* important now.

February 7, 2013, 05:08 PM
You don't. I'm sure the antis will relent and stop trying as well.

February 7, 2013, 08:05 PM
The crew has worked very hard in filming interviews with the following people for the purpose of benefiting the second amendment cause. Editors are very expensive if you want a slick product that looks good.
Gun Rights Advocates:
Alan Gottlieb
Gene Hoffman
Kenneth Blanchard
Nicole Stallard
Phillip Journey
Robert Weist
Sheldon Clare
Donald Moran
Tomas Boyer

Firearm Users – Deadly Force
Donna Hopper
Jeanne Assam

Alan Gura
Adam Winkler
Bobbie Ross
Eugene Volokh
Don Kilmer
Kevin Thomason
Kathleen Jackson
Gordon Hutchinson
Gary Kleck
Massad Ayoob

Gun Personalities/Media
Chris Cheng
Emily Miller

Ted Lieu
Anthony Portantino

Law Enforcement Officer
Ed Monk
Liz Boyer

Gun Control Advocates
Laurie Saffian

Jeff Knox

Darin Prince
David Christian
Michael Penhall
Alan Samuel

District Attorney
Mike Ramsey

Gun Owner
Randy Spade

Foreign Observer
Michael Lipscombe

First Time Shooters (UCLA students)
Charlie Sarosy
Jonathon Townsend
Katie Mcachen

New Orleans Gun Confiscation Victims
Pattie Konie
Jo Anne Guidos
Wayne Schum
Richard Styron

Man in the Street
Andy Miller
Richard Bordin
Renee Boyd
Mike Ross
Patrick McClure
Leo Weiss
Steve Joiner

February 8, 2013, 02:36 PM
How are we doing compared to our first Kickstarter campaign? Eight days out on the first round we were at $26.5K at the end of the day and we are at $24.6K with 12-hours to go today. Just because we’re tracking on the same curve (see the chart below) doesn’t mean we’re guaranteed to hit our goal. We still have a long way to go.

How are we going to get there? We’ve just past 33%, so the easiest way, is for each of us to get two friends to match our donation, or double our donation and get a friend to match our original pledge – double and match!

This Sunday set your alarms to listen to me on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk Radio at 3:05 PM EST / 12:05 PM PST. I’ll be talking about the film, 2nd Amendment and this campaign. You can stream it live from this link .

Finally, I want to thank all the first time backers that have joined us. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Have a great day and don’t forget to double and match!




February 10, 2013, 06:14 PM
Today, Tom Gresham on “Gun Talk Radio” out of Louisiana interviewed me regarding the film. This was quite an honor as Tom’s show is the most syndicated radio program dealing with firearms and hunting sports in America.

This interview came about because of the help of Gordon Hutchinson whom I met in Baton Rogue last December. Gordon is the author of “ The Great New Orleans Gun Grab” and showed us around Nola and introduced us to many of the victims of Katrina and the resulting gun grab by NOPD and regional/national law enforcement - real interesting interviews that will be part of the film.

After we departed New Orleans, Gordon reached out to Tom and told him about our film, so when I contacted to Tom on Thursday asking if he had time in his show to talk about Assaulted, he immediately responded with a “yes”. I know Tom’s positive reaction was due in part to Gordon’s actions. Thank you, Gordon.

You can hear the interview here

Six days to go! Please keep the pressure on your friends and remember to “double and match”.



February 11, 2013, 02:48 PM
Just like in target shooting, breath control is critical when conducting a Kickstarter campaign. Shallow breathing or holding your breath in anticipation is not a good idea, especially when there is five more days until the end of the campaign. So, I’m taking a deep cleansing breath and diving into this update.

Here is the good news; we’re still trending ahead of our first campaign curve with fewer donors, but today is one of the most critical in the campaign. Today, we need to raise $3,000 to stay on track – our daily average has been $1,525. The ultimate target for the day is to reach 50% of our goal at $35,000. That means doubling our efforts to get our friends to join us and/or doubling pledges.

For those just joining our effort, we were at 40% of our goal five days out on our first campaign, so we have faith that we can repeat that successful performance with everyone’s help; especially since last month, when our 2nd Amendment rights came under an unprecedented attack at the states and federal levels. With your help we can create a film that can change attitudes and turn the tide in this current crisis.

Past donors from the first campaign, please consider matching your original pledge. You had faith in our effort before the 2nd Amendment became a piñata at Feinstein’s reelection party – I hope you still do.

“Double and match” are the final words I will type today. Well, actually “today” was the final word. No, “word” was...breathe, boy, breathe.

February 12, 2013, 01:50 PM
Today is the day - T Minus 4

Tonight is the State of the Union Address and we will hear the arguments for limiting 2nd Amendment rights in the name of public safety. We will hear statements that the conservative wing of our government must do the right thing and pass comprehensive gun control legislation. As Gene Hoffman of the CalGuns Foundation said at the close of the trailer, “It’s not about being a republican. It’s not about being a democrat. It’s about respecting the Bill of Rights.”

Help us finish this film to teach that the 2nd Amendment is a civil right and must be respected as such.

To do that, we must work together to see this campaign funded. We’re just under 50% of our goal, which means we have the ability to make our goal by applying the following simple steps:

1) Donate if you haven’t.
2) Double your donation if you already made one or
3) Have a friend match your donation.
4) Share this project link on Twitter and on your Facebook today and everyday until Saturday night.

Today is the day to "double or match"!

Thank you,


February 12, 2013, 08:28 PM
Need to step this up. What's more valuable? As many emails and phone calls as you can deliver to your Congresscritters? Or a documentary that convinces a ton of fencesitters to all send as many emails and phone calls as they can to their Congresscritters? This documentary will be a huge force multiplier. Theater release. PBS release. Think about the strings pulled and bridges burned to get this shown on the traditionally liberal PBS network...

53% to the goal with 4 days left...not on track to hit $70k. At current fundraising levels, we're not even going to break $50k

February 15, 2013, 07:56 PM
We're still going to miss the goal by a significant amount. I sent out a bunch of messages on FB to try getting various pro-2A groups to repost the project. So far, only the Second Amendment Foundation has reposted it 53 minutes ago. It's a bit late but hopefully that will reach enough folks that we get our second wind and not just meet, but EXCEED the goal.

I just re-upping my pledge and added another $100 with no prize. I'm in this project up around $350 cumulatively from both runs and I'm going to try squeezing a few more bucks if we're not close by the end of the run. I don't want to ever hear anyone on this board complaining again that there are "no good pro Second Amendment documentaries" if you didn't participate in this project.

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