Friday, February 15, 2013

PBS to examine gun violence in week-long special

Gun-related violence has dominated many of the last year's headlines and much of the socio-political debate. In light of this fact, PBS NewsHour will be broadcasting a week-long series on the topic next week. The special programming is called "After Newtown," named after the tragic December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

The coverage will include contributions from several PBS program staffs. Although the series' subtitle is "Guns in America," the PBS website says the related topics of mental illness and school security will also be discussed.

Some other subjects on the schedule are the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., violent video games, the science of violence and the brain, arguments for and against concealed weapons, gun violence as a public health issue and more. A complete schedule is available here.

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