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Newtown Divided

February 19, 2013

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, FRONTLINE examines how the nation’s gun debate is playing out in Newtown.

(18:27) FRONTLINE examines how the nation's gun debate is playing out in Newtown, Conn.



How the Gun-Rights Lobby Won After Newtown

In the wake of Sandy Hook, the gun-rights lobby outspent, out-organized and out-maneuvered gun-control advocates at both the state and federal level.

The Gun Lobby’s Concealed Weapon

Pro-gun moderates are quietly using background checks to expand gun rights.

Loophole Remains Despite Background Check Deal

The Senate’s bipartisan compromise on guns has one major exception.

States Aim, Often Miss, for Armed Security in Schools

Arming teachers and faculty or school officers are among the more popular pieces of gun legislation to be proposed post-Newtown.

How Connecticut Got Its Tough New Gun Legislation

Until recently, most Connecticut residents doubted they’d even bring a bill to the floor. Now a bill’s likely to pass on Wednesday. What happened?

Newtown Firearms Lobby Wades Into Connecticut Gun-Control Debate

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, based in Newtown, today released a radio ad warning that proposed gun-control legislation would only “punish” law-abiding firearms owners.

While Feds Debate, States Take Up Gun Fight

More than 1,000 new bills have been proposed at the state level since Newtown. What’s happening in your state?

Bringing Good From the Newtown Tragedy

How the Barden family is coping with the loss of their 7-year-old son Daniel, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and trying to encourage acts of compassion in his memory.

Jackie and Mark Barden, Parents of Newtown Victim: Daniel Was “A Kind Little Soul”

The parents of Daniel Barden, who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School, reflect on their son’s legacy.

Steve Sanetti, NSSF President: “The Industry Isn’t the Bad Guys”

The president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation says the gun industry isn’t to blame for Newtown; Nancy Lanza is.

Neil Heslin, Father of Newtown Victim: “Something Has to Change”

Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Jesse killed at Newtown Elementary School, reflects on his last moments with his son, his positions on gun control and why he believes society has to change in order to prevent future tragedies.

Obama’s Skeet Shooting Draws “Constructive Advice” From Gun Industry Group

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, based in Newtown, Conn., critiqued Obama’s skeet-shooting skills and advised against any new firearm restrictions.

How Conservatives “Reinvented” the Second Amendment

While conventional wisdom suggests that an individual’s right to bear arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment of the Constitution, it is, in fact, a relatively recent interpretation, according to New Yorker writer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

What’s Obama’s Record on Gun Control?

Obama has expanded gun rights during his presidency so far. Will his new call to action bring any change?


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