Video and Multimedia
Web Link 3.1: Fast Facts: 2011 Tucson Shooting
Description: CNN presents the time line from the time that includes the birth of shooter Jared Loughner, when he purchased the weapon that he used to kill six persons and seriously wound then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and concludes on August 7, 2012 when Loughner plead guilty to 19 charges in exchange for the government not seeking the death penalty.
Web Link 3.2: In Attack’s Wake, Political Repercussions
Description: 1. In both articles, Loughner’s disruptive behavior and drug use are included. Discuss what significance and/or importance you ascribe to Loughner’s disruptive behavior.
Video/Web Link 3.3: 30 Years After Basketball Star Len Bias’s Death, Its Drug War Impact Endures
Description: The video details the brief and potentially bright career of Len Bias. The article details how the country was stunned when at the age of 22 Len Bias died as a result of cocaine use, and his death in 1986 became a trigger for the war on drugs.
Description: Christopher Ingraham, from The Washington Post reports the latest research on the prevalence of firearm use in self-defense finds that these incidents are much less common that many gun rights advocates believe. For every person who uses a gun in self-defense, the research finds, nearly six people use a gun to commit a crime.
Web Link 3.5: Why the Death Penalty Is on the Decline
Description: Sarah Childress, senior digital reporter for Frontline, details the three reasons why states have moved away from the death penalty.
Description: Ilona Szabó de Carvalho discusses the Global Commission on Drug Policy and some of the lessons she has learned as the executive coordinator of the organization
Description: NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Marc Mauer of the Sentencing Project and Marc Levin of Right on Crime about the possible impacts of seeking the strongest possible charges for drug crimes.
Audio Link 3.2: California Prosecutors Challenge Murder Law
Description: California prosecutors are challenging a recent law that changes who can be charged with murder when a person is killed during a felony crime. A handful of states have passed similar laws.