Discovery Cancels ‘American Guns’ Following Newtown School Shooting


| December 19, 2012 - 7:31 pm

Discovery Channel gave the ax to its sharpshooting series “American Guns.” While the announcement has come almost a week since the Sandy Hook tragedy, the show about a Colorado family in the gun business was not cancelled because of it.

E! Online reports:

“American Guns concluded earlier this year,” the network said in a statement. “Discovery Channel chose not to renew the series and has no plans to air repeats of the show.”

The network did not say, however, whether the decision not to produce any more episodes of the successful show (season two premiere ratings were up 50 percent over season one) was directly linked to the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last week—a tragedy that has once again brought gun violence and gun control to the forefront of the national conversation.

Reactions from the Twitteverse were mixed, with some applauding Discovery’s decision (regardless of its stated M.O., or lack thereof) and others disappointed by the cancellation of what they thought was an entertaining series.
“Is it bad that the largest concern I have with American guns being cancelled is that i can’t see paige wyatt anymore?” wrote one fan. “I liked this show, great gunsmith made amazing & pretty guns,” wrote another.

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