After Newtown: Guns in America

After Newtown: Guns in America

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 9:00pm

A firearms instructor at F6 Labs in Hicksville, New York, firing a Glock.

Credit: Courtesy of Jonathan Silvers/Saybrook Productions

Trace the evolution of guns in America, their link to violence and competing visions of national identity. After Newtown: Guns in America, airing Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 11 and 1011), is an unprecedented exploration of America’s enduring relationship with firearms. From the first European settlements in the New World to frontier justice; from 19th-century immigrant riots to gangland violence in the Roaring Twenties; from the Civil War to civil rights, guns have been at center of our national narrative. Americans have relied on guns to sustain communities, challenge authority and keep the peace. Efforts to curtail their distribution and ownership have triggered epic political battles. This program traces the evolution of guns in America, their inextricable link to violence and the clash of cultures that reflect competing visions of our national identity.

In response to the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, WXXI-TV/HD will broadcast a series of the special programs, February 18th through February 22nd. These thoughtful and thought-provoking programs are meant to add context, depth, and nuance to the national conversation about gun violence in America. The series includes a Frontline magazine, a NOVA documentary, two independent documentaries, one on the history of guns in America and the other examining how best to secure our schools, a Need to Know episode (2/22 at 10:30 p.m.), a Washington Week discussion of pending legislation on access to guns (2/22 at 8 p.m.), and a week-long series of timely PBS NewsHour reports (at 7 p.m.).