America's gun violence debate is at a fever pitch – but it's part of a much deeper cultural reckoning.
A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student speaks during a rally with Thurgood Marshall Academy students in advance of Saturday’s March for Our Lives event in Washington
Student activists marching Saturday want Congress to enact comprehensive gun control. Here is a selection of stories from our archive that will help you understand the issues raised by the students.
For the first time in decades, there is now a real possibility that some gun controls might be implemented.
Student activists are presenting important, emotionally powerful counter-narratives to those of the gun lobby. Their success will depend on whether they can sustain these efforts.
NRA TV’s content focuses on ideology rather than guns.
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Gun control advocates want to shut down the National Rifle Association's online video channel, NRA TV. A scholar looks at what its videos are actually about.
Students who walked out of school protest against gun violence in front of the White House.
The lightning-quick corporate response to demands for a boycott against the NRA shows that companies can't escape politics in an age saturated with social media.
Samuel Zeif, an 18-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., cries after speaking during a listening session with President Donald Trump in Washington on Feb. 21, 2018.
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What are we to make of a society in which young children have a greater sense of moral courage and social responsibility than the zombie adults who make the laws that fail to protect them?
AR-15-style rifles on display in a Texas retail shop.
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Gunmakers should be at the center of any discussion of the root causes of violence, and a closer look at firearms sales reveals some interesting trends.
A classic example of successful issue management is the NRA’s actions in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.
In the wake of the Vegas shooting, the NRA has turned the public's attention away from the core issue of banning guns by using a business strategy called issue management.
A U.S. soldier fires a Colt M16 in Vietnam in 1967.
While advocates of gun control may feel powerless in the wake of mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas, the history of government support for the industry shows Americans have more sway than they think.
Handgun in a holster, baby in a stroller at the 2016 NRA convention in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Mass shootings like the one at a GOP baseball game are more common in the US than in other industrialized nations. And they are getting more frequent and more deadly.
Anti-gun protestors rally in Washington, D.C. in July 2016.
How have state firearm laws changed over time? Over the past 27 years, some states have loosened the rules for gun owners and the gun industry, while others are getting stricter.
Donald Trump addresses members of the National Rifle Association.
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The candidate endorsed by the NRA this year wasn't always so pro-gun. A sociologist and physician explains how Trump's position on guns could play out if he were to win in November.
The tobacco industry used advertising to sell – rather than convey – its message in its lobbying tactics.
The lobbying tactics developed by the US tobacco industry no longer just targeted government, but expanded to include the voting public. These tactics still exist in lobbying today.
Guns on campus could lead to grade inflation.
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Guns will be allowed on public universities in Texas from August 1. Given the recent incident of a student shooting the professor and then himself, reportedly over grades, are there reasons to worry?
An American protesting the easy availability of military style weapons in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.
The Sandy Hook massacre and President Obama’s response to it has refocused attention on impact of regulation on American gun crime. Crime statistics before and after the implementation of gun laws provide…
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at a press conference announcing major new gun control reforms.
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A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The Founding Fathers of the American Constitution might…