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, 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

  • April 17, 2013   BY Christina Bellantoni and Katelyn Polantz  

    Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband Mark Kelly arrive at the Capitol Tuesday with Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., left, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call. Emotional appeals. A tense week on Capitol Hill. A … Continue reading

  • April 17, 2013  

    Proposed amendments for assault weapons and high capacity magazine bans and universal background checks failed to pass the Senate. Kwame Holman reports. Then, Gwen Ifill gets two perspectives on why Senate failed to pass the proposals from National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Lawrence Keane and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. Continue reading

  • April 15, 2013   BY Cindy Huang  

    About 100 artists and activists organized by the group Art=Ammo participated in a flash-mob style performance against gun violence at the Lincoln Memorial.
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  • April 12, 2013   BY Christina Bellantoni and Terence Burlij  

    Gary Lampert of National Armory gun store in Pompano Beach, Fla., helps Cristiana Verro choose a firearm. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images. Gun control advocates hailed Thursday’s Senate vote allowing debate to move forward on a sweeping package of legislation … Continue reading

  • April 11, 2013   BY Cassie M. Chew  

    Family members of Newtown shooting victims step off Air Force One with US President Barack Obama (2nd R) upon arrival April 8, 2013 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The family members traveled to Washington, DC with Obama to … Continue reading

  • April 11, 2013   BY Terence Burlij and Katelyn Polantz  

    Volunteers place grave markers on the National Mall Thursday to remember victims of gun violence. Clergy from Newtown, Conn., and elsewhere will begin a 24-hour vigil to urge Congress into passing tougher gun laws. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images. The … Continue reading

  • April 11, 2013  

    With families of the Newtown shooting victims looking on, Congress moved closer to coming up with a comprehensive bill for reducing gun violence. The Senate blocked an attempt to prevent debate on the subject. Judy Woodruff reports on what measures the bill may include. Continue reading

  • March 28, 2013  

    Activists, families and politicians made appeals for new laws to curb gun violence on a National Day to Demand Action. Judy Woodruff talks to Sean Holstege of the Arizona Republic and Ray Rivera of the New York Times about developments in the high-profile mass shooting cases in Tucson, Ariz., Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. Continue reading

  • March 25, 2013   BY Terence Burlij and Christina Bellantoni  

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images. Lawmakers are on recess for the next two weeks, but for 15 senators, there is no escaping New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the upcoming debate over new … Continue reading