The facts about guns in America
Following the mass shootings in a Colorado movie theater and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, the debate over gun control has been reignited: How should the country balance its constitutional right to bear arms with access to deadly firepower?
Guns are an American pastime. A way to feed a family. A way to protect a family.
Fred Francis, Jane Hall and Howard Kurtz examine the gun control debate in the aftermath of the Aurora theater shooting
A decreasing number of American gun owners own two-thirds of the nation's guns and as many as one-third of the guns on the planet -- even though they account for less than 1% of the world's population, according to a CNN analysis of gun ownership data.
Two Democratic lawmakers took on the hot-button political issue of gun control Monday, introducing legislation that would effectively ban online ammunition sales.
When Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York unveiled their bill Monday to regulate the online and mail-order sale of ammunition, they did so in a state most friendly to Democrats -- New York.
CNN's Candy Crowley reports on the dormant state of the gun control debate, and why it's likely to remain so.
There will be no new gun laws after the Aurora shooting for the basic reason that the American people do not want them.
CNN's Dana Bash looks at Obama's latest comments on gun control and how some Democrats may now be in a tough spot.
The bodies of the victims are being buried. The court case will continue, without cameras. The horror in Aurora has faded from the front page in favor of Olympic coverage.
When you put a pro- and an anti-gun control person in the same room, you know what's bound to happen. But what happens when two gun owners debate gun control?
iReporters David Douglas and Michael Kunda, who are both gun owners, go head-to-head in a debate on gun control.
Last week's massacre at a Colorado movie theater revived the dormant gun control debate in the United States, but neither President Barack Obama nor Republican candidate Mitt Romney is pushing for new laws now to prevent similar attacks.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggests police go on strike in an effort to force more gun control
When an elected official whose heart seems to be in the right place offers a courageous perspective on an important subject, I'm inclined to try to find some good in it.
President Barack Obama addresses the recent shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
Scenes from the mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater are horrific, but are all too familiar in the United States.
Don't expect President Barack Obama or Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to talk about the issue of gun control in the wake of last week's deadly mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado -- there's little to gain from bringing up the issue.
What is it about Americans and guns?
CNN's John Vause talks with blogger Dan Baum, about the impact of recent shootings on U.S. politics.
The extreme carnage at the Colorado movie theater, now one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, reopens the nation's passionate debate about gun control -- or gun rights -- and both sides were readying for renewed legislative efforts in the aftermath of Friday's shooting.
NYC Mayor demands that presidential candidates act on gun regulation. John Avlon reports on the gun control debate.
In a speech after the Colorado shooting Friday, President Barack Obama asked Americans to pray, reflect and remember what's important in life while the city of Aurora mourned the dead and wounded.
The sun was barely up when New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg used the Colorado massacre to scold President Obama and Mitt Romney for ignoring the gun issue.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasts President Obama and Mitt Romney on guns in the wake of the Aurora shooting.
There are few criminal events as stunning and frightening as a mass shooting. The suddenness, randomness and unpredictability of episodes like Friday's early morning massacre at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater cause us all to wonder whether any place is safe.
Officials from the Justice Department and the White House met with senior aides to House Speaker John Boehner and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa at the White House on Tuesday to try to head off a House vote holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
CNN's Randi Kaye reports on "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida and why one widow says it's a free pass for murder.
Marion Hammer was 5 when she first held a gun in her hands. Her grandfather handed her a .22 bolt-action single-shot rifle and told her to hunt down a rabbit or a squirrel for dinner. She practiced first, aiming at cans lined up on the wooden fence.
An online campaign in support of a former U.S. Marine -- arrested for attempting to security-check his pistol while visiting the Empire State Building -- is bringing new attention and a fair amount of scrutiny to one of the nation's toughest gun-control laws.
The arrest of a former Marine stirs a national debate over gun laws. CNN's Susan Candiotti reports.
Thousands of firearms have gone missing from manufacturers' inventories since 2009 "without a record of being legally sold," according to a report released Thursday by a gun control advocacy group.
A controversial program by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that tried to track illegal weapons sales shows the need for tougher gun laws, according to a report issued Thursday by a House Democrat.
Two months after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, talking reasonably about gun policy remains a third rail in American politics.
The chief spokesman for the National Rifle Association is expected to get an invitation any day now to sit down at the Justice Department for talks aimed at reaching a consensus on new gun control legislation.
Talks are starting this week on possible steps to tighten access to guns for people with criminal records or mental health issues, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.
Undercover investigators purchased semiautomatic weapons at an Arizona gun show, despite telling vendors that they probably could not pass background checks, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters Monday.
A proposed law would forbid doctors from asking whether parents have a gun in the home. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.
Against the horrific backdrop of the Tucson, Arizona, tragedy, new gun control proposals are on the way. Some of our legislators will be tempted to apply Rahm Emanuel's aphorism, "Never let a good crisis go to waste."
Bring back the ban on assault weapons, or tighten enforcement of existing gun control laws and regulations?
CNN's Thelma Gutierrez takes a look at Arizona's constitutional carry law.
CNN's Candy Crowley highlights what she liked best about today's special edition of "State of the Union."
CNN's Thelma Gutierrez talks about criticism over a gun show taking place in Tucson, Arizona, near the shooting site.
Thousands of people determined "to exercise their Second Amendment rights," attended a gun show Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, one week after a well-armed gunman opened fire at a local shopping center, the show's president said.
The assassination attempt and mass killing in Tucson, Arizona, last Saturday was reportedly committed with a Glock 9 mm semiautomatic handgun equipped with a high-capacity magazine that held 31 bullets.
The tragic shooting on Saturday of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) and 19 others has renewed a national conversation about whether our gun laws need tightening. But the chatter for the most part has so far ignored a curious fact: in Congress, the arena where any new restrictions would be decided, the debate effectively ended years ago.
Outrageously tragic crimes -- like the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday that claimed the lives of six people and caused serious injuries to many more -- typically set off a round of finger-pointing.
A handful of states with weak gun laws are the largest contributors to the U.S. market for illegally trafficked guns. That's the alarming finding of "Trace the Guns: The Link Between Gun Laws and Interstate Gun Trafficking," a new groundbreaking report issued by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of more than 500 mayors that I co-chair with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan received a mixed reaction Thursday from groups on opposite ends of the gun control debate.
The Supreme Court nominee vowed to enforce the constitution when asked for her personal stance on gun ownership.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is upset but not surprised at the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the handgun ban.
Teachers -- like me -- love "teachable moments," so here's a big one from Monday's sweeping Supreme Court decision on gun rights and the states, McDonald v. Chicago. In it, the court not only validated individual gun rights, but applied them to every state and locality in the country.
CNN's Kate Bolduan reports on the Supreme Court's ruling that overturned Chicago's handgun ban.
In another dramatic victory for firearm owners, the Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional Chicago, Illinois', 28-year-old strict ban on handgun ownership, a potentially far-reaching case over the ability of state and local governments to enforce limits on weapons.
The former Alaska governor made the case for the 2nd amendment at the annual NRA leadership forum.
Speakers at the National Rifle Association's annual leadership forum on Friday touted Second Amendment rights and also set their sights on the upcoming midterm elections.
Bill Clinton sits down with CNN's Wolf Blitzer to talk about the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.
They're angry at the government and are demonstrating in the Washington area against what they see as the trampling of the Constitution. Their specific fear: Americans' right to bear arms under the Second Amendment will be taken away.
The debate over gun control is heating up at Starbucks.
Chicago's 28-year-old strict ban on handgun ownership appeared in trouble Tuesday at the U.S. Supreme Court in a potentially far-reaching case over the ability of state and local governments to enforce limits on weapons.
CNN's Kate Bolduan reports on Chicago's controversial handgun ban and its upcoming Supreme Court appeal.
An investigation commissioned by the city of New York found private gun vendors selling weapons to buyers who admitted not being able to pass background checks, breaking federal law, a report released Wednesday says.
Setting the stage for a dramatic battle over gun rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday accepted an appeal challenging the ability of state and local governments to enforce strict limits on handguns and other weapons.
Questions surrounding Judge Sonia Sotomayor's past speeches generated more controversy in the final day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings Thursday, as Democrats again called her a mainstream jurist and Republicans portrayed her as a liberal activist likely to legislate from the bench.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says Judge Sonia Sotomayor has said things that "have bugged the hell out of me."
Sonia Sotomayor faced tough questioning Tuesday on political issues and controversial statements from her past, with both Democrats and Republicans saying she responded well and appeared certain to win confirmation as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.
John Rosenthal has a long history of social activism -- and the prison record to prove it.
Although the National Rifle Association may not have seen the results it wanted from last year's elections, its fortunes this year are anything but dim.
Gun shops across the country are reporting a run on ammunition, a phenomenon apparently driven by fear that the Obama administration will increase taxes on bullets or enact new gun-control measures.
Janie Lambert has lost one family member to gun violence and another to suicide. After all she's been through, she feels conflicted about whether or not gun control is the solution to gun violence.
iReporters share differing opinions on gun control.
President Obama visits Mexico with many issues on the table, but reinstating the ban on assault weapons in the U.S. isn't likely to be one on which the two countries can reach agreement.
CNN's Suzanne Malveaux looks at the issues ahead of President Obama's trip to Mexico City.
CNN's Bill Schneider has new poll numbers on Americans' attitude towards gun control.
From Oakland, California, to Binghamton, New York, several mass shootings in recent weeks have killed dozens across the country. But has there been an effect on public opinion?
Here's a summary for the time- or attention-challenged: Never surrender freedom for laws that can't affect criminals; they disobey laws for a living.
America's neighbor to the south is engaged in a bloody war with ruthless drug cartels.
The sale of guns is showing a sharp increase since the presidential election. Kelli Arena reports.
Bernie Conatser has never seen business this good.
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A gun-control activist who served on the boards of two anti-violence groups is suspected of working as a paid spy for the National Rifle Association
CNN's Brian Todd reports on a $15 million anti-Obama ad blitz planned by the gun lobby.
The National Rifle Association will unveil a $15 million ad campaign against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama this fall over his record on gun control.
The Supreme Court has reaffirmed an individual's right to gun ownership, but don't expect gun control laws to go away
Mayor Adrian Fenty says Washington D.C. is re-working its handgun policy.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a sweeping ban on handguns in the nation's capital violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
iReporter Nick Parsons supports today's Supreme Court handgun ruling.
In a landmark ruling on personal gun ownership, the U.S. Supreme Court declared a Washington, D.C., handgun ban unconstitutional.
A verbal barrage on the campaign trail; McCain and Clinton attack as Obama defends the comments he made on April 6.
The battle over the word "bitter" between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has sparked a new look at the candidates and their stance on the Second Amendment.
Actor Charlton Heston has died at his Beverly Hills home at the age of 84.
The U.S. Supreme Court takes up a critical case that could define the convoluted Second Amendment -- and decide exactly what Americans' right to bear arms means
Is a gun ban in D.C. unconstitutional? CNN's Lou Dobbs weighs in and what the Supreme Court's decision will be.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday took up gun control, hearing arguments concerning a District of Columbia ban on handguns more than two centuries after the Second Amendment gave Americans the right to "keep and bear arms."
Virginia Tech shooting survivor Elita Habtu and Washington resident Shelly Parker share their views on gun control.
The U.S. Supreme Court is tackling one of the thorniest issues in U.S. life -- gun laws and the extent gun ownership can be restricted.
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