Social Issues»

The Gun Debate

The Gun Debate : U.S.
Wayne LaPierre pauses during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence on Jan. 30.

NRA head Wayne LaPierre's paranoid gun manifesto

The group's outspoken leader isn't doing gun-rights advocates any favors

The Gun Debate : U.S.
Ted Nugent may have to leave his heavy artillery behind, but still, his mere presence at the State of the Union tonight will surely send a clear pro-gun message.

Ted Nugent, Gabby Giffords, and other State of the Union guests with gun messages

With the president expected to tackle gun regulation early in his second term, lawmakers are using their plus ones to the annual address to promote their positions

The Gun Debate : Best Video
"Congress must act. Let's get this done."

Gabrielle Giffords' new gun control ad: Effective?

The former congresswoman launches into her new role as an activist by urging her former colleagues to do all they can to curb gun violence

The Gun Debate : In-depth briefing
Jason Zielinski shows a customer an AR-15 style rifle at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois.

The assault weapon: An instant guide

Especially since the Newtown massacre, military-style rifles have become the focus of America's gun debate

The Gun Debate : Essay
Hand guns seen on display for purchase in Colorado.

Why more guns won't make us safer

People may think firearms will protect them, but statistics show otherwise

The Gun Debate : U.S.
If Boyz II Men had their say, it'd be the end of the road for the NRA.

Check out the NRA's enemies list — featuring Boyz II Men

The rogues gallery also includes Sean Connery, Hallmark, and the American Academy of Pediatrics

The Gun Debate : Analysis
Pallbearers carry the body of 14-year-old Chicagoan Rey Dorantes, who was shot six times on his front porch on Jan. 11.

Chicago's rising murder rate: Has gun control failed?

Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton is gunned down a week after performing at President Obama's inauguration, instantly becoming part of the debate over gun laws

The Gun Debate : U.S.
Newtown families were invited onto the field before a New York Giants game on Dec. 30.

Is it exploitative to have Sandy Hook students perform at the Super Bowl?

Some argue it's a moving tribute. Others say it's a strange, empty spectacle

The Gun Debate : U.S.
"My wife would not have been sitting here if we had better background checks."

The Senate's contentious hearing on gun violence: 4 key moments

Gabby Giffords calls for stricter gun laws, while her husband breaks the news of yet another mass shooting mid-testimony

The Gun Debate : U.S.
Cover your ears! One Illinois school wants to mimic the sound of gunfire as part of a safety drill.

Is firing blanks during a school-shooting drill really a good idea?

A Chicago-area high school believes exposing its students to the sound of gunfire will make them more prepared for a potential shooting

The Gun Debate : U.S.
Chicago high school sophomore Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed this week.

The teenage girl shot and killed days after performing at Obama's inauguration

Hadiya Pendleton, all of 15 years old, was gunned down at a park in Chicago

The Gun Debate : Best Video
Gabrielle Giffords prepares to give an opening statement during a hearing about gun control on Jan. 30.

WATCH: Gabrielle Giffords calls for gun control

"Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children."

The Gun Debate : U.S.
Neil Heslin's 6-year-old was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre.

The bogus news story about the Sandy Hook 'hecklers'

Outrage erupts on liberal sites, but the video tells a different story

The Gun Debate : Analysis
A pro-gun demonstrator carries a handgun at a rally in Olympia, Wash., Jan. 19.

Why gun owners should want to amend the Second Amendment

Only a clear articulation of the law will let gun-rights advocates stop worrying about intrusive regulations

The Gun Debate : Essay
A customer shops for a new gun at a sporting goods store in Illinois on Jan. 19.

Why I own guns

Many gun-control advocates don't understand why rational people choose to arm themselves

The Gun Debate : Analysis
Sen. Dianne Feinstein speaks in front of a display of assault weapons during a news conference on Jan. 24.

The Democrats' plan to ban assault weapons: Does it stand a chance?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, her Democratic colleagues, and a group of mayors and police officers want to beat the odds, and the NRA

Subscribe to the Week