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PBS News Hour -- Gun Control Debate
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The Good of the Many: 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. (29 minutes)
Reading, Writing, and Revolvers: Coping with Teenage Violence
Almost three million crimes occur on or near school campuses every year—one crime every six seconds. What was once considered a problem in only inner-city schools has now spread to even the most rural communities. How should students react if they are threatened on the way to school, or if they are coerced into potentially dangerous situations by their peers? What can young adults do to protect themselves? This program provides students with specific skills they can apply if confronted with violence. Interviews with students, parents, and teachers at urban, suburban, and rural schools provide a firsthand look at the situation from the perspectives of people who cope with school violence on a day-to-day basis.
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