Gun Control

The new exhibit - Face Them - at the Lichtenstein Gallery for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA opens June 2nd and will be up through June 24th.

Face Them is an opportunity to gather artistic intelligence through several mediums in one gallery. By placing pertinent topic images of today before the viewer that may make one feel moved not of our imagination, but of our reality.

The topics are big ones: Global Warming, Population Explosion, Gun Control, Human Trafficking, and Animal Abuse.

To tell us more – we welcome National Geographic Photographer John Stanmeyer and Barbara Arpante – Curator of Face Them and a Collage Artist.

Gun control efforts face an uphill battle in Washington.

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

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A provision of New York’s 2013 SAFE Act gun control law requiring pistol permit holders to re-certify their licenses every five years is going into effect.

Gun control is one of the most polarizing political issues.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congresswoman-elect Claudia Tenney of New York’s 22nd district concludes her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  House Democrats recently shut down the chamber with a daylong sit-in.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern — a Democrat from the 2nd district — discusses the action with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

Despite House Ajournment, Sit-In Continues

Jun 23, 2016
House Democrats at a sit-in Wednesday.
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The House has adjourned until after the Fourth of July, but that doesn't mean the chamber is empty.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy introducing Vice Presidnet Joe Biden.
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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy was among the state and local leaders who met in Washington Tuesday for a gun violence prevention conference.


In December 2010, 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin, of Wilton, was accidentally shot and killed by a friend.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is calling President Obama's efforts to tighten controls on guns a step in the right direction, but says Congress must do more.

Healey says licensing everyone who sells guns is a common-sense measure that is long overdue.  In a December interview with WAMC, Healey called on citizens to urge Congress to act on gun control legislation, including expanded background checks.

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Connecticut’s U.S. senators say they have been urging President Obama to take the executive actions on background checks for gun sales he outlined Tuesday for months.

This is a picture of Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

Connecticut’s U.S. senators say they have been urging President Obama to take the executive actions on background checks for gun sales he outlined Tuesday for months.

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President Barack Obama has unveiled steps aimed at expanding background checks to cover more firearms by requiring more people to register as federally licensed gun dealers. He’s bypassing Congress through a series of executive actions designed to narrow the so-called "gun show" loophole. Many critics, including former Florida governor Jeb Bush, are criticizing the move, saying it violates second amendment rights. What do you think?

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Top New York officials are asking the federal government to help the state to block people on the terror watch list from legal gun purchases.

For some people, the best solution to every problem is to shoot at it, and presidents aren’t leaders unless they’re yelling “charge” into battle. I want to bite off a domestic piece of that nonsense. In the wake of every terrorist tragedy, senators, sheriffs, NRA officers and supporters propose more guns, carry your guns, be ready to defend yourself, ourselves, wherever and whenever occasion arises.[1]

Stephen Gottlieb: Shootings, Guns And The SAFE Act

Oct 6, 2015

The shooting at a community college in Oregon saddens me and leads me to these observations about guns.


In the latest efforts aimed at gun reform, top New York state and federal officials are making rules and calling for crackdowns.

The push to regulate toy guns has multiplied since last November

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A "Memorandum of Understanding" between the Cuomo Administration and New York state Senate Republicans suspending a statewide ammunition registry program has opened a political can of worms, causing a commotion at the Capitol.

One provision of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, commonly known as the SAFE Act, called for an ammunition database to be rolled out in January 2014. Cost and the difficulty of implementation became obstacles apparently too difficult to sidestep.

On Wednesday night, nine people in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina were shot to death during a bible study. The shooting once again brings the conversation around gun control reform to the forefront.

  The Newtown massacre is as raw today as it was two years ago.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Sandy Hook was only the beginning.


  The Second Amendment was written to calm public fear that the new national government would crush the state militias made up of all (white) adult men—who were required to own a gun to serve.

In The Second Amendment: A Biography, Michael Waldman recounts the raucous public debate that has surrounded the amendment from its inception to the present.

Waldman is the president of the prestigious Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

7/7/14 Panel

Jul 7, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
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    The killings at Newtown were supposed to change America.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that reforming gun laws can take a long time.

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A large crowd was at City Hall Monday night for the last public hearing on three gun-control provisions proposed by the Burlington City Council. 

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a national gun industry group's lawsuit challenging a wide-ranging firearms law passed by Connecticut in response to the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven ruled Monday that the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation Inc. doesn't have legal standing to challenge how state officials approved the law.

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The Burlington City Council has approved two gun control measures and sent a third back to committee.


The Burlington City Council voted Monday night to approve several gun-control measures.

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A first-ever gun buy-back is taking place Saturday in two mostly rural counties in western Massachusetts—Hampshire and Franklin counties.  People will have  chance to dispose of guns at the police stations in Northampton and Greenfield from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, whose office organized the gun buy-back.


Massachusetts legislators weighing dozens of proposals to reduce gun violence held a public hearing in Springfield today. They heard from people concerned about the loss of life, and also from people concerned about the potential loss of their livelihoods.

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A coalition of gun rights advocates and others are forming a new political movement, to get what they say are disaffected and disenfranchised New Yorkers to vote.

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The state legislature in Massachusetts is inching closer to acting on new gun laws more than six months after the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut.  A legislative committee is holding a series of public hearings around the state this summer.