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Media roundtable: Syrian government's attack on Eastern Ghouta & US students demand gun control

Brian Mann/North Country Public Radio
A week ago, kids in Parkland, Fla., were talking about prom and graduation. Now they're talking about funerals and gun control. Some students say the shooting that left 17 people dead will be a catalyst for different gun laws

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the shooting massacre at Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead. Students who survived the shooting are boldly calling on Republicans to pass gun control legislation and stop taking contributions from the NRA.

The intense Syrian government bombardment of the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta has so far killed 400 people, including more than 50 children. According to Doctors Without Borders, 13 of the facilities it supports in Eastern Ghouta have been damaged or destroyed.


Chuck Rabin, reporter covering cops and crime at the Miami Herald

Elizabeth Van Brocklin, staff reporter at The Trace, an independent, nonprofit news organization dedicated to expanding coverage of guns in the United States

Alia Malek, award-winning journalist and civil rights lawyer, and author of The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria

Web Resources:

The Guardian: Ghouta's desperate civilians say they've been abandoned to their fate

The Guardian: 'It's not a war. It's a massacre': scores killed in Syrian enclave

Miami Herald: Broward school cops will add firepower. ‘Rifles from this point forward.’

Miami Herald: Parkland students face new attack, this time from the political right on social media

The Trace: States Set Aside Millions of Dollars for Crime Victims. But Some Gun Violence Survivors Don’t Get the Funds They Desperately Need

LA Times: A spreading movement? How Florida school shooting survivors are inspiring other students to demand gun control

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.