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The Rise of Guns and Gun Deaths in the United States

Journalist Erik Larson's article, "The Story of a Gun," is the cover story on this month's issue of "The Atlantic." It tells the tale of what happens with a gun, beginning with the maker, to the dealer, and to the murderer who uses it. Larson claims there is a de facto conspiracy of gun dealers, gun manufacturers, and federal regulators, "which makes guns all too easy to come by and virtually assures their eventual use in the bedrooms, alleys, and school yards of America."

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Other segments from the episode on January 4, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, January 4, 1993: Interview with Erik Larson; Interview with Daniel Alkon; Review of Edward Hoagland's book "Balancing Acts."

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