The Gun Debate

The gun control debate dominates the conversation in Washington. The NewsHour will follow the gun control debate as it unfolds inside the Beltway and throughout the nation.

  • January 10, 2013  

    In other news Thursday, Vice President Biden met with sporting groups and the NRA as part of his preparation of a set of recommendations for curbing violent gun crimes and mass shootings. Also, new border violence has sprung up between India and Pakistan in the disputed territory of Kashmir. Continue reading

  • January 9, 2013   BY Christina Bellantoni and Katelyn Polantz  

    People wait to buy tickets for the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah, last week. Photo by George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images. This week marks a pivotal moment in the effort to curb gun violence, with Vice President Biden, … Continue reading

  • January 8, 2013  

    In response to mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., former congresswoman Gabby Giffords announced plans to launch a new PAC that would balance the influence of the gun lobby, galvanizing efforts for a comprehensive plan against gun violence. Judy Woodruff talks to Colorado Public Radio’s Megan Verlee. Continue reading

  • December 31, 2012   BY Jay Hancock and Kaiser Health News  

    Cindy Sparr shows a customer an AK-47 style rifle at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on Dec. 17 in Tinley Park, Ill. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images. Did you know the Affordable Care Act stands up for gun rights? … Continue reading

  • December 26, 2012  

    In the wake of several recent shootings, politicians and commentators have called for improved mental health screening and treatment. Spencer Michels reports on a program in California called "Laura’s Law," an unfunded mandate that has proven difficult to implement and has drawn concern about involuntary treatment for patients. Continue reading

  • December 24, 2012  

    Gunfire tore at the nation’s holiday mood again Monday with the emotional wounds from a school massacre still fresh. There were more fatal shootings, including one in Rochester, N.Y., where an attacker lay in wait for a fire crew, and in Houston, where a gunman killed a police officer and another man before being captured. Continue reading

  • December 21, 2012   BY Beth Summers  

    Earlier this week, correspondent Gwen Ifill sat down with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the PBS special report “After Newtown,” which airs 8 p.m. ET Friday, one week after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In a … Continue reading

  • December 21, 2012   BY Council on Foreign Relations  

    Screen shot of automatic weapons. By Jonathan Masters, online writer/editor for the Council on Foreign Relations Introduction The debate over gun control in the United States has waxed and waned over the years, stirred by a series of incidents involving … Continue reading

  • December 21, 2012  

    Since the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., the NRA has been the subject of criticism, but its leaders hadn’t made any public statement. The group broke its silence in Washington when NRA leader Wayne LaPierre reacted to the attack. Ray Suarez gets a response to the NRA’s address from Mark Glaze of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Continue reading

  • December 21, 2012  

    A special PBS broadcast called "After Newtown" will air Friday at 8 p.m. ET, continuing a national dialogue about the issues raised by the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. As part of the collaboration, Gwen Ifill spoke with Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Here is the broadcasted excerpt of their conversation. Continue reading