A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Active shootings are on the rise. Issues like fame seeking, gun control, and other issues discussed.
Positive Role Models
Valiant efforts of law enforcement, victims, etc. discussed. Victims are from all walks of life; shooters are often white males.
Violence & Scariness
Detailed discussions about shooter preparation, shooting, and wounds. Video footage, courtroom animation of some events and their aftermath.
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Occasional curse words, like "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol and drugs are referenced within the context of events.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Active Shooter: America Under Fire is a docuseries that examines the response to, and aftermath of, mass shootings in the United States. Firsthand accounts of the attacks themselves, the wounds sustained by victims, and attempts to help people are offered in detail. Audio and video recordings of events, including 911 calls and other harrowing moments, are also featured. Issues like the rise in gun massacres, gun control, fame seeking, racism, and bigotry are also discussed. Overall, it's not an easy watch, and it's too intense for younger or sensitive viewers.
Is It Any Good?
This interesting, sensational, and disturbing docuseries offers detailed accounts of what transpired during each active shooting, and what happened after the fact. Survivors describe how events unfolded, how they managed to get out alive, and the acts of heroism they witnessed. It also describes the challenges law enforcement and medical staff faced during these extraordinary situations, which sometimes required them to violate their own policies in order to save lives.
While some experts and law enforcement officials briefly talk about the murderers, Active Shooter: America Under Fire presents these stories in a way that significantly refocuses the attention off of them. Instead, it underscores the damage that they caused, as well as the celebration of survival and humanity that has resulted from it. Most important, it highlights how mass shootings have risen in number in the United States and points to some of the reasons why.
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