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Journalist Patrick Blanchfield on gun violence in America

Patrick Blanchfield
Patrick Blanchfield

Following the murder of at least 19 children and two teachers in a Texas school, politicians are already debating gun laws. Texas Senator Ted Cruz said that further gun laws don't work and only penalize law-abiding citizens.

What do we know about societies that produce and own a high number of weapons? Our guest has been researching and writing on the issue for years:

  • Patrick Blanchfield, freelance journalist, academic, associate faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, and author of the forthcoming book, "Gunpower: The Structure of American Violence"
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.