AirTalk for February 19, 2013

Is gun violence on the rise, or do we just hear about it more in the wake of Newtown?

Tustin-area freeway shootings


Police vehicles block an intersection where a shooting occurred in Tustin. It is one of several locations where shootings were reported early Tuesday morning.

Early this morning, a man committed a series of carjackings and murders in Orange County before taking his own life. When his rampage ended, four were dead (including the perpetrator) and others were wounded.

In the wake of 2012’s mass killings in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut, gun violence is in our consciousness more than ever in recent years. According to’s running tally of gun-related deaths in the U.S. since the Newtown shootings, since December 14, 2012, 1,935 Americans have been killed with a firearm. Are we seeing a trend toward more gun violence in our future, or are the recent tragedies outliers? Or could gun-related violence be on our radars more than ever before because it’s creeping into communities where it once was almost nonexistent?

Ben Bergman, KPCC’s Orange County reporter

Lawrence Rosenthal, Professor of law at Chapman University in Orange, California

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