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Jonna McKone

  Jonna is a radio producer, documentarian, and media artist.  Her feature stories and audio documentaries have aired on WAMU, Marketplace, The World, Living on Earth, and Virginia Public Radio, among others.  She also produces nonfiction films and installations using ethnography, archival research, and collaboration as part of her process.  A Maryland native, Jonna is a graduate of Bowdoin College and holds an MFA from Duke University.

Twelve-year-old Mannie Thames knows a lot of kids with BB guns. He says kids have them for safety and because they're cool.

"Sometimes people get bullied a lot, and they want to have something to protect their self," Thames says. "And sometimes people think it's cool, they want to shoot people for fun."

He explains this in between bites of snacks at the after-school center, Penn North Kids Safe Zone, in West Baltimore.

Replica guns that shoot BBs and other projectiles are popular with kids. But in some settings, they pose a special danger.