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Amendment 2 [electronic resource]: Right to Bear Arms

This program discusses the history of the "right to bear arms" Amendment. It details the controversy over the amendment as it relates to current gun control laws. Numerous court cases are cited as experts present both sides of the issue in this thorough and evenhanded analysis of the meaning of the 2nd Amendment.
2007; 1998

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" Law [electronic resource]: The Killing of Trayvon Martin

After the release of 911 calls, demonstrators gathered in Sanford, Florida. In March 2012 to demand the arrest of the neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman who shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. NewsHour correspondent Ray Suarez and The Miami Herald's Frances Robles discuss why a Florida law could make filing charges against the shooter more difficult. Origina?

The Trayvon Martin Case Sparks New Debate Over Race, Guns, and Laws [electronic resource]

Thousands of people rallied in Florida, demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot in February 2012 in a gated community. NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown explores the many issues raised by the case with The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Daily's Reihan Salam, author Donna Britt, and Florida state Rep. Dennis Baxley. Origina?

The Good of the Many [electronic resource]: Gun Control and Individual Rights

Protection of individual freedoms has long been the hallmark of American democracy and is one of the foundations upon which the Constitution and Bill of Rights are based. But at what point does the good of the many outweigh the freedom of the individual? This program examines the specific issue of gun ownership as an example of the ongoing tension between individual rights and the orderly functioning of American society. Featured in the program are Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America; Congressman Bill Carter (R-TX); and Professor Akhil Amar of Yale University Law School.

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: A New Case for Gun Control

The death of Trayvon Martin ignited debate not just over our justice system, but on legislation such as the "stand your ground" laws that contributed to the tragic result. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill talks with author and gun control advocate Tom Diaz about how a lethal combination of self-defense laws and concealed carry laws - championed by the NRA and the gun industry - dilutes our legal protections against gun violence. He warns that the genie is out of the bottle and we should be gravely concerned about the unrelenting marketing of guns. Diaz's latest book is The Last Gun: How Changes in the Gun Industry Are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It.

Your Weekly Address: Sandy Hook Victim's Mother Calls for Commonsense Gun Responsibility Reforms April 13, 2013.

This week's address is delivered by Francine Wheeler, whose six-year-old son, Ben, was murdered alongside nineteen other children and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut. Francine -- joined by her husband David -- is asking the American people to help prevent this type of tragedy from happening to more families like hers.

Your Weekly Address: Helping Protect Our Kids by Reducing Gun Violence March 23, 2013.

Three months after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama says that the Senate has taken important steps forward to help protect our kids by reducing gun violence. The American people made their voices heard, and the Senate made progress to make it harder for criminals and people with serious mental illnesses to get guns, to crack down on anyone trying to funnel guns to criminals, and to reinstate and strengthen a ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons. Each of these ideas deserves a vote.

Mandatory Sentencing

Joe Berlinger explores the effectiveness and justness of mandatory sentencing in a current climate that preaches reform. In Florida, the unintended consequences of mandatory minimum gun laws seem to outweigh its merits as a father is sent to prison for 20 years for "defending his family." While in Illinois, politicians carefully craft a 'tough on crime bill' inspired by the death of a promising honours student that may offer relief to a community plagued by escalating gun violence. A man in Florida fires a warning shot in his house and ends up with a 20 year prison sentence. The System examines mandatory sentencing in the U.S.
2017; 2015