As gun violence continues to be one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States, a new documentary looks to bring more attention and understanding to this important issue. 91%, directed by Julie Akeret and Chris James Thompson, highlights the heartbreaking personal stories of those affected by gun violence and the difficulties of finding solutions to this complicated problem.
Set in a country with a population of around 327 million people and 347 million firearms, 91% examines the various factors that make it so easy for individuals to acquire weaponry and commit acts of senseless gun violence. The documentary features interviews with those who have experienced loss due to gun violence, as well as experts from government, law enforcement, and advocacy groups who are working on potential solutions.
The film shows how mental illness, access to firearms, socioeconomic inequality, and racial inequity all play a role in making gun violence such an issue in America today. With pointed commentary from both sides of the debate it is clear that something must be done – yet progress seems stalled as distracted politicians focus on other matters.
91% provides an informative look into this contentious topic – examining not only the tragedy of so many victims but also exploring potential pathways forward for reducing gun violence in our country. The documentary provides a voice for those impacted by gun violence while engagingly presenting both sides of the argument. It is essential viewing for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of this difficult subject matter or looking for inspiration on possible solutions.