The Politics of Guns in America

The Politics of Guns in America

This week marks five years since the Virginia Tech shootings. But advocates for gun control have made little progress. The politics behind America's gun culture.

Five years ago a gunman killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus in America's worst mass shooting. Two years ago a gunman critically wounded former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six people. Two months ago teenager Travon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida. Each time a tragedy involving firearms becomes national news, advocacy groups and politicians call for stricter gun control. But little action has resulted. Pro-gun groups argue violent crime in the U.S. is a major reason to expand gun rights, so more Americans can protect themselves. Diane and her guests will explore the politics of gun control.

Guests

E.J. Dionne Jr.

senior fellow, The Brookings Institution, columnist, Washington Post and author of the forthcoming book, "Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent."

Daniel Webster

co-director, Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

John Velleco

director of federal affairs, Gun Owners of America.

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