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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