The Madeleine Brand Show for January 11, 2011

Shooter's rampage, parent's nightmare

Gun stores did booming business this Christmas

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Tom Rompel, the owner of the Black Weapons Armory store in Tucson, Arizona, speaks to customers on January 10, 2011 in front of his wide selection of guns. Under current law, there would be no flag preventing people like shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner, or the man who killed Laura Wilcox, from obtaining a gun despite a history of mental instability.

Jared Lee Loughner allegedly opened fire in Tucson, Saturday, killing 6 and injuring 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The families of the victims, including federal Judge John Roll, Congressional aide Gabe Zimmerman and 9 year-old Christina Taylor Green will be forever changed. Many are wondering if enough was done to prevent the shooting. We talk to Nick Wilcox, whose daughter Laura Wilcox was shot and killed by a mentally unstable man 10 years ago.

Since then, Wilcox pushed for the passage of Laura's Law, which allows counties to adopt court-ordered outpatient treatment for people with severe mental illness.


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