Monday, July 27, 2015

GUNS IN AMERICA - Mass Shootings

"Shooting at movie theater kills two, injures nine" PBS NewsHour 7/24/2015


SUMMARY:  A shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, has left two dead, and nine injured.  The shooting comes in the wake of two recent mass shootings; one in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where four Marines and a sailor were killed; and another in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine members of the Charleston AME church were killed.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  We take a deeper look now at last night’s deadly shooting in Louisiana and the broader questions raised after tragedies involving guns.

William Brangham starts us off.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM (NewsHour):  Police and emergency responders quickly descended on the Grand 16 movie theater after gunfire erupted during a showing last night of the comedy “Trainwreck.”

WOMAN:  We were buying popcorn at the concession stand when a whole group of people, teenagers mainly, running out, telling everyone to run for their life.  And then we saw a lady with blood all over her leg.  I just grabbed my child.  I mean, we just all ran.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM:  The gunman, identified as 59-year-old John Russel Houser, opened fire on the crowd just 20 minutes into the film.  Investigators this morning characterized Houser as a drifter.

JIM CRAFT, Lafayette, Louisiana, Police Chief:  It is apparent that he was intent on shooting and then escaping.  What happened is that the quick law enforcement response forced him back into the theater, at which time he shot himself.

"Why is it so difficult to stop mass shootings in the U.S.?" PBS NewsHour 7/24/2015


SUMMARY:  Following recent mass shootings, NewsHour begins a series called “Guns in America” where we will talk with people intimately involved in the gun control debate.  Tonight we speak to author and advocate Mark Kelly, husband of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011, and Meghan Hoyer, part of the team at USA Today producing “Behind the Bloodshed:  The untold story of America’s mass killing.”

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