Guns And Gun Culture: One Year After Newtown

Dec 11, 2013

The news was hard to fathom a year ago: twenty first graders and six educators shot to death during an ordinary school day in Newtown, Connecticut.  Afterward, the national soul-searching seemed to reach new depths, with President Obama insisting “these tragedies must end, and to end them we must change.”  At the time, polls showed a majority of Americans agreed some aspects of gun laws could be altered, expanding background checks, for instance.   But Washington lawmakers failed pass legislation, and the debate has since shifted to the states.  Both sides have scored victories in state legislatures, with gun-rights groups slightly ahead. And now, one year later - the American public seems at times ambivalent and at times deeply divided on this issue once again. 

Gun rally at the New Hampshire Statehouse, 1/31/13
Credit Josh Rogers / NHPR


  • Jon Bresler – founder of the Project for Safer Communities, which supports grassroots action for gun violence prevention.
  • Kevin Landrigan – longtime political reporter for the Telegraph of Nashua
  • Evan Nappen – attorney on the board of Pro-Gun New Hampshire, an umbrella organization for all Second Amendment supporters in the state. His law firm in Concord concentrates on gun law matters