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Freedia Got a Gun

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Uneven, fraught docu about devastation of gun violence.

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This troubling documentary underscores how community gun violence is perpetuated by systematic racism and poverty while exploring how it's been normalized throughout generations of young men and women caught up in it. It highlights how the lack of male mentors, as a result of gun violence and incarceration, has contributed to a misguided desire to appear strong by shooting and killing people. The challenge to survive this system also motivates the violent behavior.

At times, the narrative in Freedia Got A Gun feels a little disorganized, and the presentation of some key ideas isn't always clear. But listening to middle and high school children talk nonchalantly about being shot at, watching family members being murdered, and being charged with crimes before making it to high school, is harrowing. However, these are the conversations that are the most powerful, and they show, first hand, how much far-reaching damage the gun violence epidemic continues to cause.

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