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 September, 2000

Juvenile Justice Bill (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, September 5, 2000

Although Congress has never finished work on its juvenile justice bill because of its gun restricting provisions, that issue lives on in this year's presidential campaign. NPR's Eric Westervelt files this story on rival gun policies in the presidential race.


 July, 2000
Gun Control Always an Issue (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, July 17, 2000
Commentator Richard Rosenfeld compares the upcoming presidential election to the election of 1800, when Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were running against each other. Rosenfeld says back then, gun control was also a big issue.


 May, 2000
NRA (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend All Things Considered, May 21, 2000
NPR's Eric Westervelt reports from the annual convention of the National Rifle Association in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tomorrow, the NRA board is expected to confirm Charlton Heston for a third straight term as president. Heston vowed today to take on Al Gore, and any measures that further limit the use of firearms.

NRA Annual Convention (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, May 19, 2000
NPR's Eric Westervelt reports that the National Rifle Association opens its annual convention today in Charlotte, North Carolina. The nation's largest gun lobby hopes to energize its members for an election season in which gun control is becoming a key issue.

Million Moms (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, May 12, 2000
This Sunday, the "Million Mom March" will take place in Washington, a protest against gun violence, and a call for stricter gun control. Linda Wertheimer notes that organizers have pledged to keep the event itself free of partisan politics.

Trigger Locks (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, May 12, 2000
President Clinton and Texas Gov. George W. Bush were dueling today over whose gun agenda would win the heart and votes of the women who will be in Washington this weekend for the Million Mom March. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.


 April, 2000
Bush in Texas (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, April 20, 2000
The two major party candidates for president marked the one year anniversary of the Columbine tragedy today. Texas Governor George W. Bush told a gathering in the town of Temple that character building was the antidote to violence -- not new gun laws. Janet Heimlich reports from Texas.

Gore in New Jersey (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, April 20, 2000
Beth Fertig reports from Fort Lee, New Jersey, on Vice President Al Gore's speech. He also emphasized the importance of family and moral instruction to stem gun violence. But he also saw jobs for government to do.

Gun Control (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, April 13, 2000
NPR's Mara Liasson reports on President Clinton's visit to Denver yesterday, where he spoke in favor of a petition drive that would place a gun control measure on the Colorado ballot in November. The ballot initiative would impose new restrictions on firearms sales at gun shows.

Clinton - Guns (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, April 12, 2000
NPR's Mara Liasson reports on President Clinton's trip to Denver, one week before the first anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre. Clinton endorses a state ballot initiative that would close a loophole that currently allows people to buy guns at gun shows without a background check.


 March, 2000
Chance For Senate Seat (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, March 30, 2000
NPR's Eric Westervelt reports that Pennsylvania Democrats say they have a good chance of winning the Senate seat currently held by Republican Rick Santorum, but they are worried about the lack of interest among Democrats in Tuesday's primary election. Six candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination.

Which Issues Will the Candidates Focus on? (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, March 15, 2000
Linda speaks with Bill Carrick, of the Democratic media consulting firm, Morris and Carrick, about how the Gore and Bush camps are staking out the issues which should define their campaigns for the presidency.

Gun Control (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, March 3, 2000
NPR's Eric Westervelt concludes a weeklong series on issues in this year's presidential primaries, by examining the issue of gun control. Political analysts had expected gun control to be a much more prominent part of this year's campaign debate, but that hasn't turned out to be the case.

Bradley Gore Debate (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, March 2, 2000
The two Democratic presidential candidates, Senator Bill Bradley and Vice-President Al Gore, met last night in Los Angeles for what will probably be their last debate. As NPR's Elizabeth Arnold reports, the exchanges on issues including gun control, gay marriage, and campaign finance reform were remarkable for their polite tone, especially since Bradley is lagging behind Gore in the delegate count.


 January, 2000
Democrats Debate in New Hampshire
Morning Edition, January 6, 2000
NPR's Elizabeth Arnold reports on last night's Democratic debate in New Hampshire. Vice President Al Gore squared off against former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley in several testy exchanges. While both candidates hold similar viewpoints on health care and gun control, the two sparred over the size and scope of their respective plans.


 August, 1999
Gun Control and the Candidates
All Things Considered, August 11, 1999
The latest shooting incident also brought reactions from some of the people spending this summer running for president. NPR's Peter Overby reports on the reactions of the candidates in both parties.


 June, 1999
Elizabeth Dole on Guns
All Things Considered, June 9, 1999
Elizabeth Dole has long been unflatteringly described as overly cautious and predictable. But her decision to take on the gun lobby on many key issues has surprised the political experts and forced many voters to take a serious look at her presidential candidacy. NPR's Elizabeth Arnold reports from South Carolina.



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