Investigation Discovery will premiere a new special, Guns on Campus: Tamron Hall Investigates, on Sunday, August 7 at 10 PM, commemorating the 5oth anniversary of the Tower Shooting at the University of Texas at Austin. Half a century ago that month, 25-year-old engineering student Charles Whitman used a high-powered rifle to spray the campus with gunfire from the clock tower, for 96 minutes. When it was over, he and 16 others were dead in what’s generally regarded as the first mass
shooting on an American campus. This August, the school is confronted with implementing SB11, the latest gun law out of the Texas legislature that allows students to carry concealed weapons on campus and in classrooms.
In the one-hour special, Hall visits the campus to speak to first-responders and witnesses of the ’66 Tower Shooting, as well as current stakeholders of SB11. From Chancellor William McRaven – a former Navy SEAL who, ID says, helped plot the raid that killed Osama bin Laden – to university professors, to students who hold views on all sides of the issue, Hall discussed with them the importance of securing one’s personal safety, and the rights of students over the age of 21 to carry concealed weapons on public property.
Hall also brings together Virginia Tech survivor and anti-gun violence advocate Colin Goddard, and University of Nevada rape survivor, Amanda Collins, who is an advocate for campus carry, to lay out their positions behind this controversial debate on college campuses.
“In a country with a history of more than 270 school shootings, will putting more guns in the hands of students and faculty prevent bloodshed, or be the cause of further death and injury?” poses Hall, adding, “Is there common ground which might provide a path forward towards school safety or will ideological opposition prevent progress?”
“Tamron does an incredible job of explaining the framework behind this complex issue,” says Henry Schleiff, Group President of Discovery Communications’ Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America in today’s announcement.
The special is produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions. For Peacock Productions, Elizabeth Fischer, Knute Walker and Melody Shafir are executive producers, under Sharon Scott, President General Manager of Peacock Productions. For Investigation Discovery, Eugenie Vink is executive producer.