Don Troiani, a historical artist known for his paintings of soldiers and battles, cradles a vintage musket. (PHOTO: PBS )After Newtown: Guns in America is an unprecedented exploration of America’s enduring relationship with firearms. From the first European settlements in the New World to frontier justice; from 19th-century immigrant riots to gangland violence in the Roaring Twenties; from the Civil War to civil rights, guns have been at center of our national narrative. Americans have relied on guns to sustain communities, challenge authority and keep the peace. Efforts to curtail their distribution and ownership have triggered epic political battles. This program traces the evolution of guns in America, their frequent link to violence and the clash of cultures that reflect competing visions of our national identity.
After Newtown: Guns in America, Tuesday at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.