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 18, 2013  

    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

  • February 15, 2013   BY Leah Clapman  

    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

  • February 15, 2013   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    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

  • February 15, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    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.
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  • February 15, 2013  

    President Obama’s last stop on a post-State of the Union tour was in Chicago, where he talked about raising the minimum wage and mandatory preschool, but also strengthening gun control. Margaret Warner talks to Lynn Sweet, a columnist and Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, about the president’s return home. Continue reading

  • February 4, 2013   BY Terence Burlij and Katelyn Polantz  

    For the first time since unveiling his sweeping plan to reduce gun violence last month, President Obama will hit the road Monday in support of his proposal, looking to build up public opinion behind the measure as a way of … Continue reading

  • February 4, 2013  

    President Obama visited Minneapolis to launch a push for tighter gun control. Gwen Ifill talks to Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey and Bruce Hartman, sheriff of Gilpin County, Colo., about the differences of gun cultures in rural and urban settings and protecting citizens from crime while protecting their rights. Continue reading

  • January 31, 2013   BY Christina Bellantoni and Katelyn Polantz  

    President Obama speaks about immigration reform Tuesday in Las Vegas. Photo by John Gurzinski/Getty Images. President Obama wants Congress to have a busy spring. As the push for expanded gun control moves forward on Capitol Hill, Mr. Obama is urging … Continue reading

  • January 30, 2013  

    Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head by a gunman at a political event in 2011, took the stand at a congressional hearing on gun violence. Gwen Ifill reports on testimony by Giffords, her husband Capt. Mark Kelly, as well as Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association. Continue reading

  • January 25, 2013   BY Cassie M. Chew  

    A gun store employee in Los Angeles inspects a semi-automatic rifle. An Obama administration plan to reduce gun violence includes restricting sales of assault weapons. Photo by Reuters/ Lucy Nicholson. Vice President Joe Biden said that a proposal to require … Continue reading