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After Newtown

As the country comes together to grieve the loss of life in Newtown, a national conversation has begun about how to better protect and serve our communities in the face of catastrophe. The questions of how to respond to these tragedies face us all: government at all levels, educators, mental health professionals, the media, and individual Americans.

Continuing PBS’ participation in this vital discussion, After Newtown, an hour-long special from WNET brings together news and public affairs teams from across PBS in a joint effort to analyze and illuminate the issues surrounding these events.

This program, anchored by Gwen Ifill, addresses such issues as access to guns and the politics of gun laws; mental illness in young adults; the science of detecting violent impulses; and how communities react to unspeakable tragedy.

At viewers can also learn more about the issues discussed and are also encouraged to join the national conversation by using the Twitter hashtag #afternewtown.

After Newtown

Gun Policy

Over the last few years, dozens of states have significantly rolled back gun restrictions.  John Larson traveled to Virginia to see what’s known as the “open carry” movement first-hand. And, Larson talks with Larry Pratt, the head of Gun Owners of America about life after Newtown.

Greenfield on the lessons of tragedy

Need to Know’s Jeff Greenfield notes that politicizing tragic events may actually be a good thing.

Slideshow: The World Reacts

Headlines from around the world reflect on the tragedy and on guns and American culture.

After Newtown is a production of CNG for WNET in New York, in association with WGBH, WETA, and PBS NewsHour. Executive Producer, Stephen Segaller.

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