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.

  • July 23, 2013  

    California’s Armed and Prohibited Persons program has recovered more than 10,000 guns that were purchased legally, but by people who are now prohibited from owning them. Critics say the program is expensive and time-consuming. NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels reports on whether other states could use the same model. Continue reading

  • July 22, 2013  

    Los Angeles has turned former urban battlegrounds into common grounds for communities in an effort to stomp out gun violence. What looks like a regular block party is a program that brings gang members, police officers and other neighbors together. Ray Suarez examines how the Summer Night Lights event is making the city safer. Continue reading

  • June 14, 2013  

    Twenty-six seconds of silence were observed in honor of the victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School at a memorial organized to mark six months since the massacre. Margaret Warner reports on how lawmakers and activists are engaged in the debate about new forms of gun control. Continue reading

  • May 15, 2013   BY Frank N. Carlson  

    For the past 10 years photographer Jon Lowenstein has turned his lens to the slow-moving forces shaping daily life for the people of Chicago’s South Side, chronicling the demolition of some of the nation’s largest housing projects, the closure of crumbling schools and some of the deep bonds built in a changing community amidst ongoing violence.
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  • May 6, 2013   BY Terence Burlij and Katelyn Polantz  

    An young attendee inspects a rifle Saturday during the 2013 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Houston. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. If there is one thing supporters and opponents of tougher gun laws can agree on, it’s that their … Continue reading

  • April 26, 2013   BY Cassie M. Chew  

    March 30, 1981 was a routine day for Judy Woodruff as she traveled with the press pool to cover a speech by President Ronald Reagan, two months into his presidency, at the Washington Hilton. But the events Woodruff witnessed as … Continue reading

  • April 25, 2013   BY Cassie M. Chew  

    Watch the NewsHour Thursday for a look at the evolution of gun lobbying efforts on both sides. Exuding a sense of impenetrable power, the headquarters of the National Rifle Association makes a big footprint along Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia. … Continue reading

  • April 25, 2013  

    The defeat of a bipartisan effort to expand background checks for gun buyers was cheered by gun rights advocates and denounced by the president and families of gun victims. Judy Woodruff takes a behind-the-scenes look at the fight over gun control and the decades-long evolution of lobbying tactics on both sides of the debate. Continue reading

  • April 18, 2013   BY Terence Burlij and Christina Bellantoni  

    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with families of victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings at the White House before delivering remarks on the Senate’s failure to pass a plan to expand background checks. Official White … Continue reading

  • April 17, 2013   BY Associated Press  

    President Barack Obama expressed frustration Wednesday following the Senate defeat of the Manchin-Toomey amendment, which would have expanded background checks. Obama was introduced by Mark Barden, the father of Sandy Hook victim Daniel Barden. WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, backed by … Continue reading