After Newtown: Introduction (02:37)
Firearms have been part of American life since the earliest settlers. More gun deaths have occurred in the last forty-five years than all of the country's wars combined. Experts debate what type of property rights people should have over their firearms.
Guns in Rural America (02:44)
America’s thirteen million hunters pay gun taxes, which contribute to environmental conservation. Steven Williams of the Wildlife Management Institute explains gun culture in rural areas is different from cities because they are used for sport instead of violence.
Gun Violence in Chicago (03:08)
It is not legal to buy a gun in Chicago, but it is still the murder capital of America. Annette Nance-Holt talks about the murder of her teenage son, Blair Holt. See footage of the incident caught on a bus security camera. Father Michael Pfleger talks about the tragedies of gun violence in the city.
History of American Guns (09:10)
Guns forged in the Colonial Era mark the beginning of the American identity surrounding gun culture. A gun collector asserts that America was founded on guns and says they are symbol of the nation. Jim Supica of the NRA at the National Firearms Museum talks about antique guns in the museum.
Formation of the NRA (06:44)
Following the Civil War and the invention of the Colt Revolver, millions of Americans had guns, but few people were skilled in their use. During this time, the NRA was formed to train people how to properly use firearms. Richard Slotkin explains why honor killings, killing in the heat of passion, and self-defense have historically been considered justifiable in the U.S. The invention of the machine gun brought more and more crime to the nation.
Glorification of American Violence (06:38)
Guns made their way into movies as American cinema began to sensationalize violence. Former chair of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown, discusses how the group turned to guns for protection against the violent police state, especially in Oakland, California. Congress signed the 1968 gun control act which disarmed activist groups such as the Black Panthers.
Personal Protection and the AR 15 (07:57)
As the New York City Police Commissioner, Howard Safir saw the rise of gun violence during the American drug wars, especially during the crack epidemic. President Bill Clinton signed an assault weapon ban in 1994, and now the Obama administration hopes to sign in a new ban.
Gun Shows (07:54)
Joan Burbick, author of “Gun Show Nation” explains the connection gun shows have to the American political system. Burbick states the manufacturers of these guns convince the consumers they are unsafe if they do not arm themselves. Stephen Barton tells the story of his survival of the attack at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.
3D Printing Guns (07:29)
In Austin a young anarchist creates free digital blueprints for AR 15s, the same gun used in recent mass shootings, for 3D printers which can be hooked up to home computers. He wants a system free from gun regulations. Eddie Bocanegra of the Community Renewal Society talks about how easy it is for people to find guns on the streets of Chicago.
Credits: Guns in America (00:35)
Credits: Guns in America
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