gun violence

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Two gun-related topics debated in the legislature recently raised longstanding, familiar arguments.  But with Democrats in power at the Statehouse, these bills have advanced. Meanwhile, Governor Sununu has said the state's gun laws are fine as is, so their future is uncertain even if they make it through the Senate. Activists on both sides of this issue are also watching the national debate, with the U.S. House of Representatives recently passing the first major gun-control bills in decades. 

This show discusses suicide in the context of gun violence. Scroll down for resources. 

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We talk to religious leaders, educators, and the director of a new civil rights unit at the N.H. Dept. of Justice about the killings this weekend at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead and several wounded, including four police officers. This latest mass shooting occurs amid an apparent surge in hate-related speech and crimes in this country, as well as calls for political unity. 

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Students in Parkland, Florida started school today six months after a shooter killed 14 of their classmates and 3 adult teachers and coaches. A group of  teenagers from around New Hampshire spent the day rallying for gun control measures in their own state. 

The 25 students, who held a press conference followed by a march around the State House this morning, are part of what they call the "lockdown generation" -- kids who have grown up preparing for the possibility of a mass school shooting. 

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Senator Maggie Hassan said Tuesday she believes student activism will be what tips the scales in the gun debate and pushes Congress to pass gun control legislation.