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Newtown Divided (full documentary) | FRONTLINE

In the wake of the May 24, 2022, school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 21 people, 19 of them children, attention has again turned to America’s gun debate. Revisit the divide that split Newtown, Connecticut, after the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting. (Aired 2013)

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In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, Newtown residents engaged in a debate over guns that could have taken place almost anywhere in America. The issue: Should amateur shooting ranges be subject to inspection and approval by the police chief? On one side were residents concerned about noise and unregulated shooting. On the other, those who see gun rights as an essential American freedom.

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The Sandy Hook Parents – 00:00
Gun Owners & Gun Lobby – 04:56
The Gun Debate – 13:25
Credits – 18:24