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.

  • February 22, 2013    

    Guns for sale. Photo by Mike Fritz/PBS NewsHour. Even as a government spending crisis nears, President Obama and Vice President Biden have been working steadily on gun control measures, both in public and private. The president’s newly revamped campaign arm, … Continue reading

  • February 22, 2013  

    So far in the first two months of this year, gun deaths in Chicago have already outpaced last year’s explosive rate. Elizabeth Brackett of PBS member station WTTW explores the escalating public health crisis in Chicago due to the high rates of gun violence. Continue reading

  • February 21, 2013    

    What combination of circumstances compels a human being to commit the most inhuman of crimes? Can science in any way help to understand these horrific events and provide any clues on how to prevent them in the future? Wednesday night, … Continue reading

  • February 21, 2013    

    For his PBS NOVA documentary on the brains of rampage killers, Miles O’Brien spoke with Liza Long, the Idaho-based writer who penned the blog, "I am Adam Lanza’s Mother," and her son about his struggle with mental illness. Continue reading

  • February 21, 2013  

    In the wake of the Newtown shootings, high school students who participate in NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs from all across the country shared their views on the gun debate in a Google Hangout moderated by Hari Sreenivasan. Continue reading

  • February 20, 2013    

    A protester marches down Constitution Avenue during the Jan. 26 March on Washington for Gun Control. Photo by Flickr user Elvert Barnes. When voters in Illinois’s 2nd congressional district head to the polls next week, they’ll be choosing between candidates … Continue reading

  • February 20, 2013    

    How do you make sense of a seemingly senseless act of violence? How do you help the country begin to process the trauma of 20 small children shot dead in their classroom? In the wake of the mass killings at … Continue reading

  • February 20, 2013    

    It’s a parent’s nightmare. Your child’s school has been the scene of a mass shooting. But what if your child was the shooter? Miles O’Brien meets the father of a rampage killer and a mother who worries her son might one day become one. Continue reading

  • February 19, 2013    

    As part of a package of proposals aimed at preventing gun violence, President Obama is calling on Congress to pass legislation that strengthens the background check system on guns sales. While the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act requires federally … Continue reading

  • February 19, 2013    

    A look at some of the ways the gun has been depicted in art, from movies to paintings to photographs.
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