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        Gunned Down | Parents Push for Gun Control Blocked by NRA

        Discover how the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, prompted a bill that proposed requiring background checks at gun shows, and how the National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbied to ensure its defeat, in these video excerpts from FRONTLINE: Gunned Down. Despite negotiating at first with victims’ parents and Washington officials, the NRA was ultimately swayed by smaller but fervent gun-rights groups and denounced the legislation. In spite of wide public support for expanding background checks—including most NRA member households—the NRA threatened to withdraw its support for lawmakers who supported the legislation, and influenced enough of them to vote against the bill in Congress. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE Collection.

        Caution: Video 2, “Proposing a New Bill,” contains graphic images of a shooting. Video 3, “The Senate Votes,” contains descriptions of and discussions about a shooting.

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        Seeking Change

        Discover how the Sandy Hook shootings galvanized Newtown, CT, parents to come together and form a political movement focused on changing gun legislation in the United States.

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        Proposing a New Bill

        Find out how negotiations between the NRA and Washington officials over a proposed gun-control bill were derailed by conservative gun-rights activist groups.

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        The Senate Votes

        Newtown, CT, parents and survivors of other shooting incidents reveal what their sentiments were the day of the Gun Control Legislation Bill vote in Congress.

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