Need to Know

From ‘stand your ground’ laws to the truth about trafficking, a selection of the most important reads on guns in the United States.

Need to Know

If a new bill passes, it might eventually make weapons like those used in the Sandy Hook shooting less available.


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.

PBS NewsHour

As funerals continued for the shooting victims from Newtown, Conn., the White House and congressional leaders called for new gun legislation. Gwen Ifill speaks with Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, who says that while there may be no easy solution, his college-aged daughters inspired him to say “enough is enough.”

PBS NewsHour

In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., the country is poised to revisit the gun control debate. Leading the way is Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who has been working for the past year to draft new legislation to reinstate the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.