The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a challenge to Connecticut's ban on semi-automatic rifles commonly called assault weapons, acting a little over week after the mass shooting in Orlando was carried with such a firearm.
by Pete Williams | Appeals Court's Ruling on Concealed Gun Carry Exposes Stark Divide
A federal appeals court's ruling this month that the Second Amendment provides no right to carry a concealed handgun in public is unlikely to prompt the Supreme Court to weigh in — despite the highly controversial nature of the issue.
"This column is not what you think it is going to be. Because I have moderated two general election debates -- in 2004 and 2008 -- I know better than to carp from the sidelines. But that hasn't stopped the requests that have poured in every day for a month, as news outlets from around the world have asked my opinion on debate moderation."
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.