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Youth and Guns (2019)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-07-24

Duration: 00:57:46

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Firearms and crime | Problem youth | Violent crimes | Law Enforcement


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Tate, Murray "Coach" Interviewee
  • Paul, Murphy Interviewee
  • Phares, Greg Interviewee
  • Bradford, Angelle Interviewee
  • Sideris, Amy Shaw Speaker
  • Robinson, Elizabeth Speaker
  • Broux, Rhonda Speaker
  • Franklin, Julie Speaker
  • Lee, Ashton Speaker
  • Eubanks, Maggie Speaker
  • Bartle, William Speaker
  • McKnight, Luke St. John Speaker
  • Griffin, Tanya Chapman Speaker
  • Walker, Rodney Speaker
  • Sibley, Fred J. Speaker
  • Sheets, Holly Speaker
  • Morgan, Timothy Speaker
  • Mitchell, Michael Speaker
  • Burgess, Aishala Panelist
  • Moore, Hillar, III Panelist
  • Morgan, Reggie Panelist
  • Dunnam, Jonathan Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from July 24, 2019, features Natasha Williams leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on preventing gun violence among Louisiana’s youth. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Murray “Coach” Tate, the parent of a son killed by gun violence; Chief Murphy Paul of the Baton Rouge Police Department; Greg Phares, the Chief Criminal Deputy of the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office and a firearms instructor; and Angelle Bradford of Moms Demand Action. The audience members then discuss the most effective strategies for curbing gun violence among Louisiana’s youth. A panel of experts then joins the audience members to answer their questions. The panelists are: Aishala Burgess, the executive director of Truce; East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III; Reggie Morgan, an entrepreneur and organizer of the Let It Slide movement; and Deputy Chief Jonathan Dunnam of the Baton Rouge Police Department. They discuss: how Louisiana is addressing youth violence; teaching children about gun safety; mental health; the role of the educational system and youth in reducing gun violence; teaching conflict resolution; the fear of school shootings; the snitch stigma; the importance of speaking up; the work of Crime Stoppers; and the need for community building. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Natasha Williams