In Under the Gun, Couric and Soechtig—the team responsible for Fed Up, which looked at the food industry and the alarming spread of childhood obesity—examine why, despite the increase in deaths at the hands of guns and the outpouring of shock and outrage that comes with it, our nation has failed to respond with meaningful action. What is keeping the two sides of this debate—those favoring stricter gun control laws and Second Amendment purists like the NRA—from finding common ground? Through the lens of families impacted by the mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Isla Vista and Tucson, as well as daily gun violence in Chicago, the film examines why our national politicians are refusing to act and what is being done at the state and local levels.
Subjects and organizations featured in the documentary include: Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly (Americans for Responsible Solutions); Jackie and Mark Barden (Sandy Hook Promise); Sandy and Lonnie Phillips (Jessi’s Message); John Feinblatt and Richard Martinez (Everytown for Gun Safety); Victoria Montgomery (Open Carry Texas); Shannon Watts (Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America); Pamela and Tom Bosley (Purpose Over Pain); The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Law Center To Prevent Gun Violence.
Katie Couric (@KatieCouric) is the Global Anchor for Yahoo News, award-winning journalist and TV personality, well-known cancer advocate, and New York Times best-selling author.
Stephanie Soechtig (@StephSoechtig) is an award-winning writer, producer, and documentary film director. Her most recent film, Under the Gun, received a prolonged standing ovation when it premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. EPIX acquired the award-winning film, which critics called “masterfully crafted” and “the best film on firearms since the 2002’s Oscar-winning doc Bowling for Columbine.”
Key facts explored in Under the Gun include:
Gun violence is the second leading cause of death among children aged 10-19 in the U.S.
93% of Americans support requiring background checks for all gun buyers, including 84% of gun owners and 74% of NRA members.
90% of guns used in crimes can reportedly be traced back to just 5% of gun dealers.
The manufacture and distribution of teddy bears is more tightly regulated for health and safety than handguns.
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