Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Gun Nation: America's Troubling Romance With Firearms

Tonight's encore presentation of the documentary GUN NATION is, sadly, all too timely in light of Saturday's tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Gunman Jared Lee Loughner's attempt on the life of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords left six dead -- among them a nine-year-old girl -- and wounded 14 others, including Giffords herself.

There are 300 million people in the United States – and almost as many guns. The right to bear arms was embedded in the nation’s founding documents, and to this day Americans have a deep, complex and often troubling relationship with firearms.

This 2008 documentary, airing tonight at 9 pm ET/PT, takes a penetrating look at the gun and its place in the American psyche, as seen through the eyes of ordinary people whose lives have been changed, for better or worse, by their encounters with guns – among them a former gang member, a policeman shot in the line of duty, and a suburban dad sharing a love of target shooting with his teenage daughters.

Narrated by Peter Coyote, the hour-long film asks why people in the U.S. are so passionate about gun ownership, and poses unsettling questions about the true cost of America’s romance with firearms.


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