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
In our continuing look at the gun debate for PBS’s weeklong special "After Newtown," Jeffrey Brown explores whether there is any connection between violent video games and violent behavior. Continue reading
In 2001, Andy Williams opened fire on his high school campus, killing two and wounding 13. In a recent phone call with science correspondent Miles O’Brien, he reflects on that shooting from California’s Ironwood State Prison. Continue reading
In the nine weeks since the Newtown shooting massacre, the gun control debate has spread far beyond the Beltway. Gwen Ifill and political editor Christina Bellantoni explore what steps American cities have taken to curb gun violence, and how opposition voices have attempted to fight these measures. Continue reading
How is the community of Aurora, Colo. — target of a mass shooting last July — coping with and reacting to the national debate stirred by Newtown? How is Colorado processing the recommendations for reducing violence proposed by the Biden task force? Megan Verlee of Colorado Public Radio reports. Continue reading
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has made many schools rethink their safety procedures. It has also sparked emotional debates about the roots of violence. To find out how the tragedy has affected young people, we … Continue reading
Psychologist Brad Bushman and public health expert Cheryl Olson weigh in on the impact of violent video games on behavior. Watch the full report on PBS NewsHour Tuesday. I remember some years back when I first walked into a video … Continue reading
Those shootings, combined with the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, have spurred lawmakers in Colorado to push for an array of gun legislation, which supporters believe could prevent future violence. The PBS NewsHour spoke to a number of people who are on the front lines of that debate.