Following Mass Shootings, Two Documentaries Offer Context on America’s Gun Debate and the NRA’s Role

Following Mass Shootings, Two Documentaries Offer Context on America’s Gun Debate and the NRA’s Role

A still from the 2020 documentary "NRA Under Fire." Along with 2015’s "Gunned Down," the film offers background on the NRA’s role in America’s ongoing debate over gun rights and gun control. In the wake of the March 16 Atlanta-area shooting deaths of eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, followed by the March 22 shooting deaths of ten people in a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket, attention has once again turned to the debate over gun rights and gun regulation in America. On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to discuss gun violence, including proposed bills that would tighten background checks for gun owners. The hearings are being led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). “Inaction has made this horror completely predictable,” Blumenthal said. During Tuesday’s hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said, “Every time there’s a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders.” In remarks Tuesday, President Biden called on Congress to ban assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, saying: “as president I’m going to use all the resources at my disposal to keep people safe.” One week before the Boulder shooting, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action had publicized its recent legal victory in which a judge struck down Boulder’s ban on assault-style weapons and ten-round magazines. Around 8 p.m. Eastern on March 22, as news of the Boulder shooting was unfolding, the NRA quoted the Second Amendment on […]

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