Gun control continues to be nationally debated in the wake of the most recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school. As part of the Montana Public Media “Guns in the Big Sky” series, Montana Public Radio recently aired a live, one-hour discussion of whether new gun control legislation is necessary, or simply a knee jerk reaction to tragedy. News Director Sally Mauk hosted the discussion, featuring four panelists: hunters Doug Webber and Ed Monnig, Dana Gale of “Moms Demand Action”, and Ravalli County Sheriff Chis Hoffman. Listeners also submitted questions online. The discussion covered everything from universal background checks to banning semi-automatic weapons.
Former Montana Public Radio Capitol reporter Kirk Siegler is now a western reporter for NPR, based in Los Angeles. Prior to his new job, Siegler spent a few years reporting for public radio in Colorado before making his recent move to California. One of his first assignments for NPR, was to cover the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Siegler was back in Missoula for a visit recently. In this feature interview, he talks with News Director Sally Mauk about covering the Newtown tragedy….