Gun Control

Hailed as “crackling, resonant, humorous” by NPR and written by Emmy Award-nominated Jason Odell Williams, “Church & State” is a provocative, fast-paced and witty look at the life of a politician, whose belief system gets shaken to the core three days before his bid for re-election.

Directed by Charlotte Cohn founding producer of the New York Music Theatre Festival and Mainstreet Musicals, “Church & State” intends to have you talking and Tweeting long after the curtain closes – which is why all shows feature a talkback following the performance.

“Church & State” runs through June 30th at the Unicorn Theatre and features: Judy Jerome, Keira Naughton, Graham Rowat, and Andy Talen.

We welcome Graham Rowat, Director Charlotte Cohn and playwright Jason Odell Williams.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has begun a statewide tour to promote a bill to give teachers and school administrators the power to go to court and ask a judge to confiscate the guns of a student and their family, if they suspect the student might try to harm themselves or others.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about the ongoing immigration debate across the country.  The pair also discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo's push for gun control legislation.

Ralph Gardner Jr: No Hostility Allowed

Jun 9, 2018
Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett and Congressman John Faso (NY-19) at guns and school safety discussion at Hudson High School
Enid Futterman

I held a debate last Friday. The debate was whether to have a drink on my sundeck on a lovely spring evening or go to Hudson High School for a discussion about guns.

Former Long Island Congressman Steve Israel has traded in a political career for one as an author – but, the politics have not been discarded completely – especially as the issue of guns in America continues with massive demonstrations led by the teens who survived the shooting at their high school in Parkland, FL in February.

In his new novel, Big Guns, the gun lobby controls the political direction of the U.S., requiring that every American over the age of four carry a gun. What ensues is a discomfiting, hilarious indictment of the current state of American politics.

The novel is set in a fictional town on Long Island that becomes ground zero for a pitched battle over gun rights and gun control.

Massachusetts State House

A group representing local police chiefs is calling for passage of a bill that would allow firearms to be taken from people who show unstable or potentially dangerous behavior.

VT Gov. Phil Scott
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont's Republican governor is set to sign the first significant gun restrictions in the state's history during a ceremony Wednesday.

Josh Landes

Thousands of people in our region took part in rallies against gun violence over the weekend. Two high schoolers from The Berkshires attended the March For Our Lives march in Washington, D.C.

Senator Chris Murphy

The debate over guns has been reinvigorated by young people.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Democrats announced they would  pass  a package of gun control bills on Tuesday at the State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Things got heated on the New York state Senate floor over a debate on bills that majority party Republicans say will improve school safety. Meanwhile, the state Assembly on Tuesday passed its own set of gun control bills.

Students Meet With Rep. Neal To Talk Gun Reform

Mar 6, 2018
Josh Landes

Around the country, students have been planning walkouts and other protests after the school shooting in Florida last month. On Monday, students in Pittsfield met with one of the top Democrats in the House.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey
Courtesy of the Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey

The school shooting in Florida has reignited an old debate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Nita Lowey speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Congressman Joe Courtney

Americans are divided over guns.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock wraps up his interview with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney.

Karen DeWitt

Democrats in the New York state Senate Wednesday tried to force a vote on gun control legislation to put Republicans on the spot over some GOP Senators’ resistance to the bills.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday expressed frustration with his fellow Democrats on the national level for what he characterized as inaction on gun control.

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New York Senate Democrats are rolling out 12 gun control proposals following the Florida school shooting.

Larry Sharpe For New York/Facebook

Libertarian Larry Sharpe is running for governor of New York.

In an interview with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt, Sharpe criticized two-term Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo, who is running for re-election, and the state legislature for passing the SAFE-Act.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on gun control in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. shooting.

WAMC's political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's ordering the Justice Department to propose regulations to ban so-called bump stocks and a report showing more than twice as many women are running for Congress this year compared to 2016. 

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and other Senate Democrats at a press conference to advocate for a single payer health care system for New York.
Karen DeWitt

Democrats in the New York state Senate say they will push harder for gun control bills in the wake of the Florida shooting that left 17 dead, and are even considering proposing the measures as hostile amendments.

WAMC's political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses indications that President Trump is open to supporting a bipartisan congressional effort to revise federal background checks for prospective gun buyers and President Trump's endorsement of Mitt Romney in the Utah Senate race. 

Lawmaker Pitches CT Gun Seizure Law To Other States

Feb 17, 2018

A Connecticut lawmaker wants other states to know about a law on his state's books that could help prevent mass shootings.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Wednesday night. With the Las Vegas shooting fresh in mind, callers had questions about gun control. They also wanted to know where Maloney stands on a single-payer health care system.

10/5/17 Panel

Oct 5, 2017

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Professor of Political Science at Siena College Vera Eccarius-Kelly and Communications Consultant Joe Bonilla.

10/4/17 Panel

Oct 4, 2017

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and former Editor at Time Magazine, author and journalism professor, and Berkshire Eagle commentator Don Morrison.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who championed strict new gun control laws in New York after the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut shootings killed 20 children, says national gun policy is “insanity” and “disgusting.”

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Connecticut is facing a state budget crisis.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, continues her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

10/3/17 Panel

Oct 3, 2017

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and the Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.


Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff across New York in honor of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting that left at least 58 dead and hundreds injured, calling it “yet another senseless and horrific mass shooting.” Anti-gun violence advocates are renewing calls for a new law that they say might prevent similar events.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Last night, a gunman on an upper floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada killed more than 50 people and wounded at least 400 others attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival – an outdoor country music festival.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Alan Chartock speaks with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty from Connecticut’s 5th District about responsible gun control.