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 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

  • March 21, 2013   BY Cassie M. Chew  

    Kwame Holman speaks with Second Amendment expert Joyce Lee Malcolm. With news that Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s, D-Calif., recent assault weapons ban will not get a vote on the Senate floor, PBS NewsHour examined the gun debate. Judy Woodruff detailed the … Continue reading

  • March 8, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    Lawmakers in Colorado have grappled in recent weeks with how to respond to the mass shootings in Aurora and Newtown, Conn. Friday the state senate begins voting on those bills, as well as additional measures that would prevent people who have committed acts of domestic abuse from possessing guns and would hold manufacturers liable for deaths caused by assault weapons.
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  • March 7, 2013   BY Christina Bellantoni  

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday sounded optimistic notes about two major legislative priorities on Capitol Hill. The California Democrat joined NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff for a wide-ranging interview about budget matters, politics and presidential authority. Woodruff continued the conversation … Continue reading

  • February 27, 2013  

    Parents of the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary advocated to the Senate for stricter gun laws, and California Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein called for a ban on assault weapons. Ray Suarez reports on the political push to address gun violence. Continue reading