Social Issues

The Gun Debate : Opinion Brief
An AR-15 style rifle sits on display at the Freddie Bear Sports store in Tinley Park, Ill.

Is the Second Amendment obsolete?

That's the opinion of Rupert Murdoch's conservative New York Post. And it's not as far-fetched as it may seem

The Gun Debate : U.S.
Protesters march to the lobbying offices of the National Rifle Association in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 17.

The Connecticut school massacre: Read the NRA's first public comments

After days of silence, the powerful lobbying group says it is heartbroken

The Gun Debate : By the numbers
Jerry Kunzer looks at a Smith & Wesson display during the NRA's annual meeting in St. Louis on April 14.

The fight over gun control: By the numbers

The NRA spends nearly a quarter of a billion dollars a year. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence? $3 million

The Gun Debate : Opinion Brief
A customer purchases an AK-47 rifle at a sporting goods store in Illinois on Dec. 17.

Time for Congress to ban assault weapons?

Lawmakers will at least consider renewing a ban on military-style firearms in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The Gun Debate : U.S.
A customer shops for a pistol at a sporting goods store in Illinois on Dec. 17.

Why states should take the lead in reforming gun laws

Overly broad federal dictates would render local opinion increasingly impotent

The Gun Debate : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: What America's leaders could learn from the Advent

For starters, a little humility

The Gun Debate : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: Ronald Reagan would demand more gun control

The GOP hero fought the NRA, and won. It's time for more Republicans to follow his example

The Gun Debate : The Bullpen
Matt K. Lewis

Matt K. Lewis: The media should be ashamed of its Connecticut coverage

What journalistic rationale could compel a reporter to interview young children at a mass-murder scene?

The Gun Debate : U.S.
A Smith & Wesson .357 magnum revolver is displayed at the Los Angeles Gun Club.

The morally serious argument of the pro-gun lobby

Many gun-rights advocates fundamentally reject the premise that the government is capable of protecting its citizens. And with good reason

The Gun Debate : U.S.
President Barack Obama makes a teary statement in response to the Connecticut shooting massacre that left 20 children dead.

Massacre in Connecticut: Why Obama was smart to not call for more gun control

Nothing good can come from acting in the heat of the moment

Crime and Punishment : U.S.
Parents pick up their children outside Sandy Hook Elementary after a deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Massacre in Connecticut: 8 disturbing eyewitness accounts [Updated]

"We all heard these booming noises, and we started crying"

Crime and Punishment : Photos
A woman waits to find out if her sister, a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary is safe.

7 heartbreaking images from Connecticut's devastating school shooting [Updated]

These pictures speak louder than words

Crime and Punishment : Live Feed
WATCH LIVE: NBC's TV coverage of the deadly Connecticut school shootings

WATCH LIVE: NBC's TV coverage of the deadly Connecticut school shootings

A massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has reportedly left dozens of people dead, including many children

Crime and Punishment : U.S.
Police patrol the streets outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The tragic Connecticut school shootings: Live updates

A Newtown, Conn., elementary school is devastated by one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history

The Gun Debate : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: Don't blame guns for Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide

By using guns as a scapegoat, Bob Costas wrongly absolves the NFL of the need to examine the dangerous effects of its violent game

The Gun Debate : Best Video
Costas argued that if Jovan Belcher didn't have a gun, he and his girlfriend would still be alive.

Bob Costas touts gun control: Misuse of the Jovan Belcher tragedy?

The longtime sports commentator gets political during NBC's halftime show, riling up handgun fans

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