Podcast | The history and future of gun violence in America

Sen. Chris Murphy discusses the origins of gun violence in the U.S. and how the debate around this may be changing.

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Semi-automatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash., on Oct. 2, 2018. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

The United States holds a distinction among wealthy nations for the number of gun deaths that occur each year. And the argument over what to do about gun violence has become a part of the national identity.

In recent decades the shape of that debate has become fairly predictable, to the point that it is difficult imagining an outcome that strays from the status quo.


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Sen. Chris Murphy believes that that could be changing and has been pushing to make that change happen.

For this week's episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, we speak with the Connecticut senator about the origins and history of gun violence in America and why he believes the debate is changing.

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