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Virginia Tech / Massacre / Guns #863893

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 19, 2007
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) The backlash over the media coverage of the shootings at Virginia Tech University introduced.

(Blacksburg, Virginia: Dan Harris) The anger at the media coverage of the rants from shooter Cho Seung-Hui examined; scenes shown of the memorial, the campus and the marching band playing outside the hospital for the injured victims; details given about Cho's background. [Virginia state police superintendent Col. Steve FLAHERTY†, Parent Bonnie MacCUBBIN†, students Rana FAYEZ†, Phil GRAPES†- question the images shown of Cho.] [Virginia Tech's Cook Counseling Christopher FLYNN†- comments.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Later coverage on the issue of the broadcasting of messages from a killer like Cho noted.

(Washington: Jake Tapper) How Cho was able to buy guns in Virginia despite mental illness examined; details given about the federal laws on the purchasing of firearms by someone deemed a "mental defective". [Roanoke gun shop owner John MARKELL†- comments on the background check on Cho.] [Virginia special justice Paul BARNETT†- talks about reports and the law.] [Violence Policy Center Kristen RAND†- says Cho should have been prohibited from buying a gun as a "mental defective."] [National Mental Health Assn. Dr. David SHERN†- talks about the facts of mental illness.]

Harris, Dan;
Gibson, Charles;
Tapper, Jake

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