Shooting straight on gun violence

Public television viewers are about halfway through a prime-time weeklong marathon examining the issue of guns and gun violence in America.

We’re getting our money’s worth in analysis and a wide range of opinion on one of the nation’s most divisive issues.

KACV-TV is going to continue its series tonight at 8, when NOVA broadcasts “Mind of a Rampage Killer.” Then comes a broadcast, at 9, of “Path to Violence,” outlining the Safe Schools Initiative designed to protect our children and educators from the kind of violence that erupted at Newtown, Conn., in late 2012.

Thursday and Friday will bring continuing coverage, with a Frontline rebroacast of a special on Adam Lanza, the teenager whose rampage killed 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The value of this programming is evident in the balance with which it has been presented this week. PBS NewsHour reporting teams have been diligent in finding representatives of all sides of this most contentious issue. Viewers have heard from gun-rights advocates, from those who favor stricter gun-control legislation — and all of those who populate the vast middle ground of political thought.

The good news for KACV-TV viewers is that if they miss any of the installments being presented this week, they can go online at pbs.org to see the programming in its entirety.

I encourage viewers to take a look tonight, Thursday and Friday as the NewsHour-produced “After Newtown” marathon continues. Public television by definition is supposed to be educational. This programming delivers the goods.

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