Guns have historically been a distinct feature of American life, but school shootings that have become more frequent recently have raised a question whether the US government should ban people from keeping guns at home.
The Newtown, Connecticut school shooting has triggered a new debate about gun control in the United States. At the same time, defenders of the Second Amendment stand behind their Constitutional right to gun ownership. How can the government control a feature of American life that has historically kept that very government in check? And what lessons can be learned to prevent future tragedies from happening?