So far in the first two months of this year, gun deaths in Chicago have already outpaced last year’s explosive rate. Elizabeth Brackett of PBS member station WTTW explores the escalating public health crisis in Chicago due to the high rates of gun violence. Continue reading
A tough battle is being waged over gun laws and ways to address gun violence in Florida, a state known to have some of the least restrictive firearm laws in the country. Special correspondent Trimmel Gomes of Florida Public Radio looks at gun ownership in the Sunshine State. Continue reading
In the wake of the Newtown shootings, high school students who participate in NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs from all across the country shared their views on the gun debate in a Google Hangout moderated by Hari Sreenivasan. Continue reading
In our continuing look at the gun debate for PBS’s weeklong special "After Newtown," Jeffrey Brown explores whether there is any connection between violent video games and violent behavior. Continue reading
How is the community of Aurora, Colo. — target of a mass shooting last July — coping with and reacting to the national debate stirred by Newtown? How is Colorado processing the recommendations for reducing violence proposed by the Biden task force? Megan Verlee of Colorado Public Radio reports. Continue reading
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has made many schools rethink their safety procedures. It has also sparked emotional debates about the roots of violence. To find out how the tragedy has affected young people, we … Continue reading
Psychologist Brad Bushman and public health expert Cheryl Olson weigh in on the impact of violent video games on behavior. Watch the full report on PBS NewsHour Tuesday. I remember some years back when I first walked into a video … Continue reading
Those shootings, combined with the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, have spurred lawmakers in Colorado to push for an array of gun legislation, which supporters believe could prevent future violence. The PBS NewsHour spoke to a number of people who are on the front lines of that debate.