Hawaii Five-O’s Anti-Gun Tirade

On the Monday’s broadcast of the long awaited remake of a popular 1970s era episode of Hawaii Five-O, one of the main characters went on a rant against “gun nuts” and the lack of both strict regulations and a pervasive, privacy-invading registration process. But later in the show the same character was apologetic over not having a warrant to review records of owners of post office boxes because it is an invasion of their right to privacy.

The episode, titled “Hookman,” is a remake of the 1973 fan favorite from the original Jack Lord series and featured a double amputee who lost his hands in the commission of a crime decades ago who then went on a campaign of revenge against members of the Hawaii Police Department that put him in jail.

But this year’s remake was not a carbon copy of the original as, unlike the 1973 episode, in this version there was time enough for one of the characters to go on a tirade against guns, gun laws and gun owners.

In the original episode, one of the clues left by the killer was a rifle with a golden plaque affixed to it bearing the name of the policeman slain by the killer. In the new one, however, the clue was a rifle shell casing with the name engraved on it. In the original, Jack Lord’s Officer McGarrett went to a plaque-maker’s shop to try and find out to whom the proprietor sold the item. In the remake, the team went to a local gun shop to try and chase down the shell casing. This alteration in the original script specifically set today’s character up for his anti-gun rant.

Five-O Officer Danny “Danno” Williams accompanied Officer McGarrett to the gun shop and, as McGarrett questioned the proprietor of the gun shop, Williams (Scott Caan) began to harass, dismiss, and ridicule the shop owner as a “gun nut.”

McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) asked the shop owner if he kept records of all the ammunition he sold and, of course, the shop owner said no. The fact is there are no regulations anywhere in the USA–continental or otherwise–for ammunition sales to be so thoroughly recorded. A real cop would know this so a real “McGarrett” would never have asked the question in the first place. But “real” wasn’t of interest here. The goal was to set up the Williams character to indulge an anti-gun tirade.

After the shop owner said he didn’t have the asked-for records and didn’t want to keep such records to add to the mountain of federal forms he already had to fill out, the Williams character snidely said, “why would we want that?” Why would we want to be able to have enough records to track “gun nuts,” he barked.

“Idiots with guns kill people,” Williams said and then gave his anti-Second Amendment pronouncement: “No guns no killing it’s that simple.”

Yeah. Simple.

Who cares about privacy of gun owners? And that Constitution? Bah!

Yet, a little later in the same episode, the same character was apologetic to the owner of a storefront P.O. Box rental shop about violating the privacy of owners of post office boxes when, without a warrant, his partner broke into a file box with addresses and names of renters trying to find the killer. That was apparently an invasion of privacy as far as “Danno” was concerned.

So, privacy and civil rights for post office box renters, but none for gun owners. Picking and choosing which rights they want to allow people to have, that’s the liberal way.

As noted, the new episode was a remake of the award-winning 1973 episode on the same name. It won an Emmy in 1974 for Best Music Composition. CBS posted the original on its website, so if you want to watch the original Jack Lord Hawaii Five-O episode co-starring James MacArthur as Danny Williams, and guest starring Jay J. Armes as the killer, it is there for your nostalgic trip back to 1973.

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  • jim_m

    “No guns no killing it’s that simple.”

    I guess he missed the part where knives kill more people than assault rifles. While I wasn’t there, I suspect that Cain did not use a gun to kill Abel. Murder comes from people’s hearts and nowhere else.

    No people, no killing. It’s that simple.

  • 914

    “No guns no killing it’s that simple.”

    Liberals.. Tell that to the millions murdered during a forced birth.

    • jim_m

      Population control. The best way to eliminate murder is to eliminate people. The left has been working on that case for decades.

  • GarandFan

    “No guns, no killing it’s that simple.” Simple solution for a simple mind. Or as I like to point out to liberals: ‘If I were to smack you up side the head with a baseball bat, once the cops came; when they asked, who would you say did it? Me or the bat?’

    The series Bones had a liberal writer in their group in years past. Haven’t seen anything blatant lately, but there was one occasion when it was explained that a Black militant had been framed ‘for protesting the disproportionate number of Blacks in Vietnam’. (No true). On another occasion they had an episode where fracking was challenged – and showed the obligatory flame coming out of a faucet. Hollyweed isn’t interested in real life.

  • Hey! Warner’s post has nothing to do with the featured image that he used. That kind of bait-and-switch is disappointing to me. ( Grumble)

    • jim_m

      Grace Park is a cast member so technically, it is related.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        And I’d rather see her than any of the other characters on Five-O, from the 70’s or today – and I don’t care what the subject is. Good choice!

        • Don’t nobody be messin with Grace “Kono” Park…

          • jim_m

            There are plenty of beautiful women who won’t take away my civil rights. I’ll pay attention to them. Anyone so controlling that they have to dictate which civil rights you can retain is going to be a freaking nightmare in a relationship.

        • Vrinda Kanchan

          i’d rather see the ’70s characters than see her, so in your face, idiot.

    • JWH

      David, the sight of that woman has convinced me to drop all support for the Second Amendment.

    • MartinLandauCalrissian

      There isn’t any baiting or switching. That is actress Grace Park, she plays one of the main characters on the new show. And she is hot as hell.

  • Guest

    If the woman in that picture is anti-gun, then so am I.

    • Bird666

      I’m anything she wants me to be, too–good God she’s insanely hot!

  • Paul Hooson

    I recognized this as well. The gun shop owner was portrayed as a nut job, which I thought was a rather crude stereotype. But, then again many shop owners are commonly portrayed as eccentric stereotypes of screwballs for laughs in Hollywood. Look at Apu the owner of the Quickie Mart on THE SIMPSONS. He’s such a stereotype that I even used his image in my grocery store once before for an anti-shoplifting sign for a few laughs. And, look at how owners of comic book stores or video stores are commonly portrayed. And those portrayals only grow far worse if the video store also deals in adult DVDs.

    Probably, pigs will be able to fly before Hollywood portrays small business owners as little more than mere screwballs.

    • fustian24

      For many (if not all) Hollywood writers, the point of the medium is to indoctrinate. If you listen to them in interviews, they uniformly have contempt for the very idea that the medium needs to entertain. It’s all about using that vehicle for the “greater good”.

      For me though, the notion that a place as dysfunctional as Hollywood has anything remotely interesting to say about morality, history, or politics is just silly.

      I’ve pretty much given up on them. I don’t want those bastards getting my money.

  • herddog505

    Picking and choosing which rights they want to allow people to have, that’s the liberal way.

    As I’ve written before, this really irritates (even alarms) me about the left: the trashing of the Constitution can lead to no good for anybody. Just how many rights are they willing to p*ss away?

    • jim_m

      Just how many rights are they willing to p*ss away?

      Every one of yours. Remember, they also believe in selective enforcement of the law, so they fully expect that while your rights will be taken away that they will retain those very rights for themselves.

  • Gmacr1

    I still have not watched a single episode of the ‘new’ H5O, don’t plan on it either.
    They can rant all they want and I’ll treat them just like any other hopolophobe.

    • I watched one. It wasn’t entertaining or memorable enough to watch a second.

  • Marcy Fleming

    Caan’s a moron. Many more people are killed by reckless car drivers and guns are used three million times each year in America to prevent or stop crimes.
    Jack Lord was a nut here too but not nearly so crude. Boycott the show !

    • Vrinda Kanchan

      Jack Lord was not a nut. Comparing him to Scot Caan is an insult. Did Jack rant and rave like Scott does? No, he didn’t. He had common sense and only spoke out when he really felt the need to.