Has the  mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut sounded the alarm that as a country we need to think  long and hard about our relationship with guns and our culture of violence?

Our guest, Northeastern University criminologist Jack Levin, says that as horrific as this recent mass shooting is, we also need to remember  the nearly 12,000 single-​​victim mur­ders  that happen in the US every year. Murders that are per­pe­trated with hand­guns.

Jack Levin, in the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado shooting,  wrote a piece for the Huffington Post,   Can We Prevent the Next Mass Murder?  Levin joins us to try to answer that question.