Under the Gun

The Film

UNDER THE GUN examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase. Through the lens of families impacted by the mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Isla Vista and Tucson, as well as those who experience daily gun violence in Chicago, the documentary looks at why politicians are finding it difficult to act and what is being done at the state and local levels. The film is executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric and directed by Stephanie Soechtig.

  • Lonnie Phillips Apr 29, 2016

    For us to be gun owners and for us to be actually registered republicans, we had to come to grips with how easy it was for that killer of our daughter to get those weapons. - Lonnie Phillips

  • Lindsay Bahr Apr 29, 2016

    A sweeping overview of guns in America — melding jaw-dropping stats (like how gun stores outnumber Starbucks and McDonald’s combined in the U.S.), historical perspective (how the NRA used to stay out of politics), and emotional accounts from the families of the deceased (including mothers in Chicago and the brother of a girl killed in Aurora).

  • BROOKS BARNES Apr 29, 2016

    'Scrupulously comprehensive and decidedly fair,' the film looks at why, after one mass shooting after another, lawmakers have not taken meaningful action.

  • ​Father Michael Pfleger Apr 29, 2016

    We talk about five people or six people shot somewhere in a mass shooting or in a mall or at Ft Hood or whatever, and the whole country is outraged, as they should be. But that happens at a night in Chicago and they call it another night in Chicago. - Father Michael Pfleger

  • Geoff Berkshire Feb 10, 2016

    “Never less than compelling”

  • Jackie Barden Apr 12, 2016

    "People think it’s two and a half years that you’ve moved on and it’s really not like that at all."- Jackie Barden

  • Grace Wilson Feb 9, 2016

    “Masterfully crafted…the details are mind-boggling [...] The film is nothing if not comprehensive”

  • Mark Barden​ Apr 12, 2016

    "Since the beginning of this horrible journey, I have laid awake at night and tortured myself by replaying the scene and what happened. It was part of the reason why I had to go and sit with the medical examiner and get some answers because what I was fabricating in my head was just god awful, no matter what …" - Mark Barden

  • Boyd van Hoeij Jan 24, 2016

    “The highest-profile of the bunch is arguably Under the Gun…Details are what make these stories so upsettingly relatable…a mosaic portrait of a complex problem that’s more diffuse but tries to illustrate the breadth of the crisis.”

  • Rich Martinez​ Apr 12, 2016

    "People have asked me who’s responsible? Well, we’re all friggin’ responsible. The Sandy Hook parents went to congress and tried to get something done, and the congress did nothing. And the rest of us did nothing. I didn’t do anything. I mean, if I had done something then… my son might be alive." - Rich Martinez

  • Yahoo Movies Staff Jan 29, 2016

    It’s effectively unnerving, infuriating, and heartbreaking, and the best film on firearms we’ve seen since the 2002’s Oscar-winning doc Bowling for Columbine.

  • Sandy Phillips Apr 29, 2016

    These crosses are built, people come, they lay flowers, they put teddy bears around. And then they go on with their lives and do nothing. You know we say I don’t want your ‘I’m sorry’s’ and I don’t want your prayers. I want your action. I want you to make a difference. - Sandy Phillips

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