SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A San Francisco-based production company is under fire for a controversial anti-gun PSA encouraging children to steal their parents’ guns and turn them in at school.
The PSA, published Dec. 13 by Sleeper 13 Production, shows a concerned-looking boy wandering into his mother’s bedroom. He then opens the drawer, sifts through some clothes and uncovers a hand gun.
He goes on to place what is presumably a loaded weapon into his backpack and heads to school. At the end of class, he approaches his teacher, takes the gun out of backpack and places it on her desk saying, “Can you take this away? I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house.”
The video ends with the message, “Our children deserve a safe world. Stop gun violence now.”
“Weapons theft, unlawful possession of a weapon by a minor, illegal concealed carry of a weapon, carrying a weapon onto school property, assault, and brandishing,” wrote Facebook user Jerry Harlan.
On YouTube, where the video has over 16,000 down votes compared to 100 up votes, gun rights activists also voiced extreme dissent to the video’s message.
“Part two of this video: Mean while back home mom hears a thump on the door. Two men enter her house and she runs to place where she kept her gun…” wrote David Vice.
The video’s director, Rejina Sencic, defended her actions on Twitter and encouraged those who “are not a coward” to share the message.
The video was filmed at the North Oakland Community Charter School. The school’s executive director Carolyn Gramstorff told The Washington Times that the production company had permission to shoot the PSA there, but were not aware of the message beforehand.