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 25, 2013    

    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    

    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    

    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    

    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    

    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    

    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    

    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    

    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