“Under the Gun” free film on gun safety





MONDAY, MAY 9 AT 7:30PM | ADMISSION FREE! at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

Join Tucson City Councilmember Steve Kozachik for this special Tucson Pre-Screening of Under the Gun, followed by a post-screening discussion of Wear Orange Day, a June 2nd nation wide movement drawing attention to the issue of gun safety, hosted by Moms Demand Action Arizona!

In the past few years, a drastic rise in mass shootings has ripped across the United States, compounding an epidemic of gun violence in our country. Despite a growing body count at the hands of guns, and the outpour of shock and outrage that comes with it, our nation has failed to respond with meaningful action. What is keeping the two sides of this debate—those favoring stricter gun control laws and Second Amendment purists like the NRA—from finding common ground?

Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and Katie Couric (the team behind Fed Up) join forces again to create a documentary that is scrupulously comprehensive and decidedly fair to both sides of one of the most polarizing issues that is tearing our country apart. Searing and powerful with never-before-seen footage of the shooting in Aurora, Under the Gun gives a human face to a crisis that is costing us in blood and scarring the conscience of a nation.(Dir. by Stephanie Soechtig, 2016, USA, 110 mins., Not Rated)


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Intro of the movie by Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik and former CD 2 Congressman Ron Barber, a survivor of the 1/8/11 Tucson mass shooting. Steve said it was amazing how easy it is to purchase an assault weapon in Tucson, and urged people to check out Americans for Responsible Solutions, founded by former CD8 Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. They are all advocating for more background checks in gun sales, esp. at gun shows. In the movie “Under the Gun” parents of children shot at Sandy Hook, Aurora, Chicago were interviewed about their pain of losing their children suddenly in a mass shooting. The Tucson mass shooting was also highlighted, with interviews by Giffords and Kelly. NRA officials were also interviewed, saying they supported the 2nd Amendment due to fear of gun confiscation. 74% of NRA members support background checks, but their lobbyists do not, nor do gun manufacturers. 90% of Americans supposedly support background checks as well, per the movie. Open Carry Texas people were also shown carrying their guns in public, as they believe more gun ownership promotes gun safety.

    For more info go to Moms Demand Action –AZ on FB. “Under the Gun” premieres Sunday May 15, 8 p.m. Epix. Also present tonight LD 9 House Rep. Randy Friese, LD 2 State Senator Andrea Dalessandro, Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich and Tucson shooting survivor Pat Maisch and Emily Nottingham, mother of deceased Gabe Zimmerman. Full house tonight at the Loft for this free screening.

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