Katie Couric Wades Into America's Gun Rights Debate With Powerful Documentary


There are more gun stores in America than Starbucks and McDonalds combined, and more guns on the streets than there are people. But statistic don't tell the whole story, as a new documentary reveals. Directed by Stephanie Soechtig and produced by Katie Couric, Under the Gun, which airs free on Sunday on EPIX and EPIX.com, is set to reingnite the gun debate.

Featuring expert commentary and firsthand accounts from parents of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, Under the Gun examines why the increase in gun deaths is rarely met with increased restrictions. But the film also seeks out common ground between gun enthusiasts and those favoring stricter gun control laws.

“I’ve covered mass shootings and gun violence throughout my career," said executive producer Katic Couric, "but following the massacre at Sandy Hook, I was confused by the disconnect between public opinion … and public policy."

In terms of the film’s goals, Couric expressed “hope this film will help people have a better understanding of how we got to this point.”

Reviewing the film for A.V. Club, film critic Kenji Fujishima praised Soechtig and Couric for being "willing to acknowledge the nuances within both sides of the debate."
“We’re all friggin’ responsible,” said Richard Martinez, the father of one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, who appears in the film. 

The film also features famous gun violence survivors—and ones you’ve probably never heard of. Gabrielle Giffords, Lonnie Phillips and Tom Bosley all appear in the documentary.

Watch Under the Gun free on EPIX and EPIX.com, Sunday May 15 at 8pm.

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