30 Issues: Is The Gun Debate Over?

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30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: To what extent is the right to bear arms up for debate? Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.


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Key Questions


  • Are gun rights a public safety issue or a matter of civil liberties?
  • Should states determine the level of gun control?
  • How does geography determine attitudes towards firearms?
  • Why won't either party touch the issue?

What are your key questions on this topic? Post them below and get the conversation going!


Adam Winkler, constitutional-law professor at UCLA and the author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011)

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