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.

  • April 17, 2007  

    Several of the victims in Monday’s mass shooting of 32 Virginia Tech faculty and students came from other countries. The NewsHour reports on the local and international reaction to the tragedy. Continue reading

  • April 17, 2007  

    Monday’s deadly shootings at Virginia Tech University have sparked concern over security at many colleges and universities around the country. Three education officials discuss the challenges of keeping students safe at often sprawling campuses. Continue reading

  • April 17, 2007  

    The 23-year old Virginia Tech gunman, Cho Seung-Hui, has been described as a troubled loner. A clinical psychologist and a behavior analyst discuss the profiles of people who commit major crimes. Continue reading

  • April 16, 2007  

    At least 32 people were killed Monday during a shooting rampage in a residence hall and academic building at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va. Two reporters give the latest on the situation. Continue reading

  • October 3, 2006  

    Three shootings at schools in the past week, including the attack on an Amish schoolhouse near Lancaster, Pa., that claimed the lives of five girls, have heightened concerns about school safety nationwide. A reporter covering the Amish shooting and a professor who heads a youth violence project discuss the school shootings. Continue reading

  • March 24, 2005  

    Following the teen shootings in Minnesota, Fred de Sam Lazaro of Twin Cities Public Television visits the Red Lake Indian Reservation to see how the community is coping. Then, two school safety analysts discuss detecting warning signs of teen violence. Continue reading

  • March 22, 2005  

    A high school student on an Indian reservation in northern Minnesota went on a shooting rampage Monday, killing nine people including five students, before turning the gun on himself in the worst U.S. school shooting since Columbine. Continue reading

  • September 13, 2004  

    A 10-year-old law banning 19 types of semiautomatic weapons expired today. Jim Lehrer gets two perspectives in the debate over the need for the law from Seattle police Chief Gil Kerlikowske and Wayne LaPierre, CEO and executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. Continue reading

  • September 9, 2004  

    The federal assault-weapons ban, which outlaws 19 types of semiautomatic weapons, is set to expire Monday if Congress does not renew it. Margaret Warner gets two perspectives on whether Congress should renew the ban from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. and Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho. Continue reading

  • July 7, 2003  

    The video game industry went to court today to challenge a Washington law regulating violent video games. Lee Hochberg of Oregon Public Television reports on the case against this new law. Continue reading