Guns in America on All Things Considered
Monday through Friday, March 18-22
NPR's "All Things Considered" examines Americans' varied -- and sometimes conflicted -- relationship with guns, from understanding different weapons and their uses, to meeting different types of gun enthusiasts, to dissecting a single gun death.
The weeklong series begins Monday, March 18 and continues through Friday, March 22, 2013. "All Things Considered" airs Monday through Friday on WGTE FM 91 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The series will include the following stories:
Anatomy of a Shooting
Monday, March 18
The mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado received a great deal of media coverage, but statistically they are not the norm. Thousands of gun homicides occur in the U.S. in more mundane ways and garner little or no media attention. Host Melissa Block pieces together the death of one such victim -- Charles Foster Jr., a 24-year-old college student who died in the early hours of January 1, 2013, in a dance club in Columbus, Georgia.
Tuesday, March 19
Suicides account for two-thirds of firearms deaths in the United States. Some researchers think family doctors could prevent many of these deaths. Colorado Public Radio's Eric Whitney reports on one family doctor who's changing how he engages his patients about guns.
Switzerland and Guns
Tuesday, March 19
Like Americans, the Swiss have an entrenched gun culture and most of them are vehemently opposed to gun control. Yet Switzerland has a far lower rate of gun violence than the United States. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson explores what's worked in Switzerland and what hasn't, and their reaction to the ongoing gun debate in the U.S.
Colorado ER Doctors and Guns
Wednesday, March 20
Among groups calling for stricter gun control laws are doctors' organizations like the American Medical Association and the American Academies of Emergency Physicians, Pediatricians, and Family Physicians. Not all doctors agree with those stances, but Colorado Public Radio's Eric Whitney reports that many who do are those who deal with the consequences of gun violence on a daily basis.
Thursday, March 21
The ideological gulf between gun owners and non-gun owners is a wide one, made obvious by the ongoing debate over what, if any, gun control measures should be put in place. Host Melissa Block talks with a group of people in Virginia who have a variety of experiences with guns and varying opinions about the current gun control debate.
The series will conclude on Friday, March 22 with a final discussion.