Guns: Rights, Rifles, and Reform

Arguably the most polarizing political issue in America, looks at what shaped the gun debate in 2013 with our Year In Ideas series Guns: Rights, Rifles, and Reform


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About this series

The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in late 2012 was a tragic catalyst in bringing the politically-charged issue over guns and the 2nd Amendment back into the national spotlight in 2013. One facet of this complex and divisive issue was the argument among gun control advocates that firearms are simply too easy to access in the United States. An opposing argument put down by the National Rifle Association simply said, "the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

But the issue of guns extends far beyond control-- or the absence thereof. At large in the conversation is why the United States in particular suffers from high-rates of gun-related violence; controversial stand-your-ground laws that allow Americans to defend their lives and property, but at the possible cost of innocents; the rights of law-abiding citizens to carry firearms just as they would practice free speech.

Join the conversation and find out what discussions are defining the national debate over guns and whether or not reform should trump individual liberty.

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