• Paul Myzia's Praesidium addresses the gun-free zones controversy

VIDEO: Praesidium, a short film critic to gun-free zones

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VIDEO: Praesidium, a short film critic to gun-free zones

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Firearms are not the problem: Praesidium, a crowd-funded short film, delivers a strong message about gun-free zones inutility

VIDEO / Paul Myzia's Praesidium: a short film addresses the gun-free zones controversy

The civilian ownership and carry of firearms is not a threat to public safety, but politics worldwide still wants to make people believe that's so. Paul Myzia - an independent filmmaker who runs his own small production house, Reel Clef Studios - doesn't seem to agree, though.

His most recent endeavour, a 5 min short video titled Praesidium, tackles the controversial theme of gun-free zones delivering a strong message: they don't work.

The poster for Praesidium is self-explainatory...

The poster for Praesidium is self-explainatory...

Guns save lives, signs do not

The plot device of Praesidium sees a man using a magic stop-watch to travel back in time multiple times in an attempt to save the life of the woman he loves. After an increasing number of "No guns allowed" signs fail from preventing her from being shot to death, the time traveler resorts to leave a Smith & Wesson M&P pistol with her. That does the trick, and the woman is able to survive by fighting back and shooting her attacker.

The message of the - otherwise quite self-explainatory - video was made even more explicit by Paul Myzia on the Indiegogo page he used to finance the project:

"Our government is deceiving its citizens to think they are safer with stricter gun laws.  This is absolutely false. By allowing something as simple as a little sign that says ‘no guns allowed,’ we are giving up our freedom, and in a growing number of cases – our lives. The idiocy of the idea that a killer will see that sign, and turn around and leave is just absurd.

Filmmaker Paul Myzia delivers a strong message on the inability of so-called "gun-free zones" to prevent bloodshed

Filmmaker Paul Myzia delivers a strong message on the inability of so-called "gun-free zones" to prevent bloodshed

Paul Myzia and Reel Clef Studios operate from Warrenton, Illinois.

The U.S. State of Illinois recently saw an uphaul of its gun laws, following the repeal of the State's prohibition of defensive concealed carry and the instatement of a shall-issue policy for concealed carry licenses. The City of Chicago, one of America's most violent urban areas, saw a sharp drop in crime after the local long-standing ban on handgun ownership was overturned and citizens were allowed to possess and carry pistols and revolvers for self-defense.

The current attempt by the European Union to introduce stricter gun control regulations in the wake of the Paris terror attacks of 2015 made the subject of gun ownership also a hot topic on the other side of the Big Pond, with an ever-growing front opposing the European Commission's plans for a ban on centerfire semi-automatic firearms, short barrel rifles, and so-called "high capacity" magazines among others.

With terrorists, criminals and mass shooters - both in the U.S. and Europe - remaining undeterred by laws and posted signs, armed citizenry may very well be the only viable option

With terrorists, criminals and mass shooters - both in the U.S. and Europe - remaining undeterred by laws and posted signs, armed citizenry may very well be the only viable option