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Mon, Dec 17, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

Debating Gun Control After Newtown


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People gather for a prayer vigil at St Rose Church following an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Dec. 14, 2012.
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People gather for a prayer vigil at St Rose Church following an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Dec. 14, 2012.

In a speech at a memorial in Newtown, Connecticut on Sunday, President Obama vowed to use the power of his office to prevent future mass killings. But he stopped short of mentioning any specific proposals. Gun control advocates, including California Senator Dianne Feinstein -- who has said she will push for a new assault weapons ban -- are calling on the president to act. But supporters of gun rights say that new laws are not the answer, pointing out that Connecticut already had tough firearm regulations.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Dan Freedman, national editor for Hearst Newspapers, Washington bureau
  • Garen Wintemute M.D., director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at U.C. Davis, and practices and teaches emergency medicine at the U.C. Davis School of Medicine
  • John Velleco, director of federal affairs for Gun Owners of America

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