This is an episodic film about the lives of four groups of young people whose lives are adversely affected (to the point of death or crippling injury) by handgun misuse. Featuring many well-known young television stars, it is mercifully free of preachy anti-gun propaganda and instead presents sensible alternatives to using handguns as a "quick fix" for crises which might be resolved in other ways (for example, through a talk with a suicide prevention counsellor or by a dispute negotiation). The stories first show what happens when a handgun is used (always with a tragic outcome), and then how the tragedy might be averted by not resorting to a gun when the characters are allowed "a second chance" to relive the moments leading up to their decisions to "take arms against a sea of troubles." Cold statistics about gun accidents and crimes presented by host Malcolm Jamal Warner seem intended to make young people THINK CAREFULLY about potential gun use, and aren't used as an all-encompassing bludgeon; in the second take of the suicide story, for example, the sad fact that most gunshot victims are hit by "friendly fire" is illustrated by "Eddie" not being able to simply walk into his parent's room and open an unlocked drawer to take out a loaded, unsecured gun; this saves the boy's life by causing him just a few minutes delay to think about what he needs to do -- he decides to call a friend to get a gun since he can't find his parent's pistol, and he is able to be talked safely through his suicidal crisis. The show's emphasis that in real life THERE ARE NO SECOND CHANCES makes this a powerful tool for gun safety education. Guns aren't an evil bug-a-boo in "Kids Killing Kids" -- their foolish misuse IS.
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