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Politics/Gun Control
Lead Story
Guns, Violence and Federalism
Thursday, 14 September 2006

However sacred it may be, the Second Amendment is not the only Constitutional provision governing America's domestic arms race.

May/June, 2006


"Marcus Law was special to me," says Martin Higgins. "He was one of the sweetest and brightest kids that I've encountered, and he was uncharacteristically respectful and well behaved for his age—a leader."

When the 17-year-old was gunned down following a barbecue with friends on April 30, Higgins found himself searching for answers. "I thought Marcus would be one that avoided the violence," he says.

Higgins, the founder of a San Francisco youth mentorship program called "City of Dreams," has high hopes for kids like Marcus Law, but the reality of gun violence i...

Q&A: Professor Franklin Zimring
Thursday, 01 June 2006

PT talks to Professor Franklin Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law and Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at Boalt Hall School of Law, about the intricacies of gun control legislation, the hurdles to a reasonable solution and the best path to practical gun control policy.

May/June, 2006

PT: What can you tell us about the legal side of the gun control debate? Is the issue being debated appropriately?

Zimring: It depends on what level of the debate you look at, really. Failures at one level can predicate failures at another. Let's take the context of San Francisco. In the last election in San Francisco, voters were asked to approve—and did approve—what I consider to be a solely symbolic and doomed meth...

Feature Story
Q&A: Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy
Thursday, 01 June 2006

PT talks to Carolyn McCarthy, U.S. Congresswoman from Long Island, New York, about the spread of gun violence in America, the political minefield of gun legislation and how to best frame the debate.

May/June, 2006

PT: You've been exceptionally active on gun control issues during your time in Congress. Could you start by characterizing the parameters of the discussion on Capitol Hill today?

McCarthy: There is no debate. I think I'm actually the only one that gets up on the floor every week to discuss the level of gun violence in the country. Democrats and Republicans alike don't want to go near the issue. They're afraid that if they bring up anything that has to do with gun safety, the NRA will come after ...

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