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Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA

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On 14 December 2012, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 20 children between the ages of six and seven, along with six adult staff members. Surely this had to be the tipping point for gun control?

Alas, as this documentary shows, the political influence of the National Rifle Association – one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington – made sure even the most modest of bills didn't pass. Through a balanced set of interviews, Gunned Down charts the NRA’s rise as gun control's greatest adversary – a ferocious, politically deft group that views the firearm as freedom, and whose five million members possess the power to swing elections. A bizarre, stupefying watch for any Brit.

Summary

Documentary investigating the political muscle of the National Rifle Association and whether it uses its power to prevent gun regulation in America. The programme examines why, despite there being various incidents involving gun crime, the country has yet to act to control the availability of firearms.

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