What would happen if an overbearing, opinionated, anti-gun woman tried to tell a father not to buy his young son a .22 rifle as a birthday present in Texas? Pretty much what you would expect. [Scroll Down For Video]
ABC’s ‘What Would You Do?’ decided to find out. The show setup in a San Antonio gun shop, swapped the employees for actors and introduced a female actor to play an overbearing customer who questions a father’s choice to buy his son a .22 Cricket rifle for his birthday.
Real customers in the store spoke up, and all were in support of the father’s actions. The overwhelming theme of all responses was that guns are safe when they are accompanied by the proper education and training.
One gentleman even said he bought the same rifle for his five year old son. He vigorously defends the father’s decision and even asks the woman if she has undergone some sort of traumatic experience in her life to make her feel the way she does about guns.
The responses were similar despite the type of gun that the show depicted the father buying. At one point, the boy is shown holding an AK style rifle and the crowd’s response is still the same.
All of the participants were eventually clued into the fact that the situation was for a TV show and that the woman was actually an actor.
If you’re not familiar with the show, here’s a brief premise run down:
What Would You Do? (WWYD) is a hidden camera show, hosted by ABC News correspondent John Quinones, in which unknowing bystanders are placed in uncomfortable, and often compromising real world scenarios in public. WWYD’s hidden cameras focus on the average person’s responses and reactions to these issues of social responsibility.
Topics such as gay couples being affectionate in public, date rape, racism and racial profiling, interracial couples, abusive parents, drunk driving, and harassment of the homeless are touched upon in this series. What will you do? Would you choose to intervene in these situations? Watch and join the discussion.
The show airs Friday nights at 9|8c on ABC.