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You Are Here: July 29, 2012
In this hour of You Are Here, we explore the aftermath of the Aurora shooting. Last week suspect James Holmes walked into a crowded theater in Aurora, Colorado at the screening of new Batman movie and opened fired. He killed 12 and wounded 58 others. He is now on trial for those murders.
Whether the story comes from Tucson, Columbine or Virginia tech, each time the aftermath of these tragedies are similar. Quickly stories of victims, questions about how someone could commit such brutality, and policy debates on what we can do to prevent such tragedies arise in the public conversation. New versions of the same debates emerge as we try to process what happened.
We take a look at issues that have resurfaced in the aftermath of Aurora, including the insanity plea, gun control, media violence, and the public’s reactions.
Introduction to this hour on issues surrounding last week’s shooting in Aurora, Colorado. (Producer Alyssa Edes)
We break down the debate on the insanity defense and take a look at one controversy brewing here in Massachusetts. (Reporter Joshua Sackheim)
We talk to activists, authors, and an average gun owner about the Second Amendment and its practical applications in today’s world of polarized politics. (Reporter Brendan Mattox)
We explore the place of violence in entertainment and art and find out what it means when we allow fiction to become too much a part of our reality. (Producer Alyssa Edes)
We take a look at how the media and public react in the wake of disaster and find out about the transition from grief to debate. (Reporter Dillon Rand)
We speak with Adam Winkler, constitutional law professor and author of ‘Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America’. (Reporter Brendan Mattox)
We speak with Robert Spitzer, the author of ‘Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights’ about gun laws an the politicization of gun rights in America. (Producer Alyssa Edes)
Producer Alyssa Edes