91%: A FILM ABOUT GUNS IN AMERICA

91%: A FILM ABOUT GUNS IN AMERICA

    Price: $350.00

    Code: 2533
    Format: DVD

    Directed by John Richie
    2016, 71 minutes
    Purchase: $350 | Classroom rental: $125
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    In 2013, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, a Quinnipiac University poll revealed that 91% of Americans support comprehensive background checks that could prevent thousands of similar gun violence tragedies nationwide. 91%: A Film about Guns in America allows for those permanently affected by the aftermath of gun violence to have a voice. The survivors of these tragedies tell their heartbreaking stories of loss, pain, and a heroic search for hope in a nation stalled in a senseless gun control debate.

    Every story details agony. Carolyn Tuft lost her daughter Kirsten Hinckley in the 2007 killing spree at Salt Lake City’s Trolley Square Mall. Once physically active, Carolyn can barely take a few steps without exhaustion - doctors could not remove all the metal shot in her body. In Portland, Maine, Wayne and Judi Richardson lost their daughter Darien days after she was shot in her bedroom by an intruder. The gun that was used was purchased at a “private” gun show - later used to kill a young man a month after Darien’s murder. In 1999, a Neo-Nazi shot six-year- old Joshua Stepakoff at the Los Angeles Jewish Community Center. Joshua continues to live on alert while attending college.

    Throughout these otherwise unrelated shootings, we find a common thread – the gunmen had effortless access to the virtually untraceable, high-powered weaponry used in their attacks. Moving beyond perplexing gun control politics and avoiding any discussion about the often-unpredictable motivations of rampage killers, 91% demonstrates that Americans almost unanimously support both 2nd amendment rights and common sense regulation. The film finds a shared language between citizens on both sides of the issue, encouraging them to move common sense policy forward by speaking up in a conversation typically dominated by firearm lobbyists and manufacturers. By highlighting the impact of unregulated gun sales on schools, families, and communities across the country, 91%: A Film about Guns in America addresses the problems accompanying and possible solutions to gun violence in America.

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    Festivals & Awards

    Official Selection, Cleveland International Film Festival


    Further Reading

    After Dark Decade, Documentary Maker Sees Glimmer of Hope for Gun Control (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)

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