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Need to Know: April 26, 2013: Debating the Second Amendment

With the gun control debate raging after the mass school shooting in Newtown, CT, Need to Know examines the history of the Second Amendment and how it shapes the discussion today.

Ray Suarez anchors a panel including: George Mason Law School professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, former New York Times foreign correspondent and editor Craig Whitney, and Fordham University history professor Saul Cornell.

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Debating the Second Amendment: Roundtable participants

George Mason Law School professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, former New York Times foreign correspondent and editor Craig Whitney, and Fordham University history professor Saul Cornell parse American history for the founder’s intentions.

Gun policy

Over the last few years, dozens of states have significantly rolled back gun restrictions.  John Larson traveled to Virginia to see what’s known as the “open carry” movement first-hand. And, Larson talks with Larry Pratt, the head of Gun Owners of America about life after Newtown.

Five federal policies on guns you’ve never heard of

ProPublica reports on five under-the-radar gun laws.

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