Global Gun Violence: Media Influence, Gun Control

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Mourners in Erfurt are responding to a recent orgy of gun violence by expressing fear that "Germany is America now." Their sentiment is being echoed across France, Great Britain and Switzerland as Europeans, shocked by outbreaks of deadly gun violence, say they don't want to be like America. Despite some of the world's toughest gun control laws, some countries have even seen police killings and armored car heists with thieves using rocket-propelled grenades. We join media producers and researchers, a gun control advocate and gun lobbyist for a discussion about America's image, how it's projected in popular culture and on the news, and gun control here and abroad.
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Friday Times

Government of Pakistan

International Association of Media and Communication Research

French Journal for American Studies (in French)

New Line Cinema

Gun Control Network

Gun Culture or Gun Control: Firearms, Violence and Society

Gun Owners of America

USA Today



Warren Olney