Gun Violence Comes Home
In 2011, the most recent year for which we have data, 1,255 people died from gunshot wounds in California. That's more than three people a day. Many others are wounded, sometimes turning lives and families upside down. Host Scott Shafer has this story of an Oakland family dealing with the aftermath of a random shooting.
Fresno Program Helps Youth Leave Gang Life
Gun violence isn't just an inner city problem. It's also rampant in the Central Valley, where poverty and high unemployment rates leave some kids turning to life on the streets. One organization in Fresno works to address the issue, but as reporter Alice Daniel found, it's not easy.
Survival and Tradition: Why Rural Northern Californians Want Their Guns
As communities in Fresno grapple with keeping gangs and guns off the streets, some residents in the rural, forested ranges of Northern California say guns are a means of survival. With law enforcement an hour away, guns help them scare off bears and burglars, they say.
Stanislaus School District Takes Cinematic Approach to Safety
After the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut two months ago, school districts across the nation are re-examining their safety procedures drills. And Stanislaus County has taken a novel approach. They've made a movie, an ultra-realistic simulation of a school shooting, complete with blood, guns and frighteningly real assailants.
Bringing the Community Together in South L.A.
When Renee Gunter moved to South Los Angeles with her 8-year-old daughter, she didn't realize they were relocating to an area with one of the highest gun violence rates in L.A. But instead of packing up and moving, Gunter decided to bring a sense of community back to her neighborhood. She did it by starting a block party.