Gun Control


Sun December 16, 2012
Shootings In Newtown, Conn.

'We Have To Act' On Gun Violence. But How?

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 5:07 pm

A makeshift shrine honors the victims of a elementary school shooting that happened Friday in Newtown, Conn.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Editor's Note: In separate interviews for weekends on All Things Considered Sunday, host Guy Raz spoke with Rep. John Larson and journalist Paul Barrett. You can hear the discussions as they aired at the audio link above.

In a sermon Sunday morning on gun violence, the dean of the Washington National Cathedral said "enough is enough."

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Sun December 16, 2012
The Two-Way

School Shooter Armed With 'Hundreds' Of Rounds Of Ammunition, Police Say

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 4:26 am

A makeshift memorial was set up near the entrance to the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Sunday.
Mike Segar Reuters/Landov

Police on Sunday said 20-year-old Adam Lanza was armed with a high-powered rifle, two handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition when he forcibly entered a Newtown, Conn., elementary school and proceeded to gun down 20 young students and six faculty members.

The latest information on the tragedy, the worst violence at an elementary school in U.S. history, came ahead of President Obama's arrival in the town where Friday's mass shooting took place. The president met with families of the victims and planned to attend an evening vigil, where he will speak.

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Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Will Newtown Killings Shift Public's Attitude On Guns?

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 8:22 am

A gun shop in Glendale, Calif.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., will surely spur pollsters to ask Americans again about guns, gun ownership, gun laws and the Second Amendment.

If recent experience is a good guide, public opinion may not shift too much.

Pew Research Center writes that:

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Tue November 27, 2012
Shots - Health News

Taking Aim At Restrictions On Medical Questions About Gun Ownership

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 8:57 am

Should a talk about guns be off-limits in the exam room?

The way some doctors see it, asking patients whether they own a gun is no more politically loaded than any other health-related question they ask.

So when a Florida law that prohibited them from discussing gun ownership with patients passed last year, they moved to fight it. A federal judge issued a permanent injunction blocking enforcement of the law in July.

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Sun November 18, 2012
Author Interviews

A Book To Break The Gun Control Stalemate

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 8:25 am

Joshua Lott Getty Images

Americans own an estimated 300 million guns. It's a level of gun ownership that no other country in the world comes close to matching. It's also a source of controversy in the U.S., where groups on both sides of the issue seem to have dug deep into the debate.

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