Since the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary and the start of President Obama's second term, one of the most divisive issues testing legislators today is how the country approaches gun laws. On Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, Anderson Cooper will gather important voices in the debate to talk about what must happen to achieve a common objective: less gun violence in America.
The conversation will focus on many arguments, the facts on gun injuries and deaths, how pop culture fits into the equation, the meaning of the second amendment, and why it seems so difficult to find common ground.
The town hall at George Washington University will feature gun rights advocates like Sandy Froman, former NRA president and a current board member for the organization. And Sarah McKinley, a young mother who used her shotgun to protect her baby and defend against intruders. Those pro-gun voices and others, along with proponents of stricter laws, will be on the program. One of the panelists is Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey who has been on the front lines of the battle to reduce crime in America for decades.
Dan Bell owns a cattle ranch in Nogales, Arizona, that sits right on the border with Mexico. He's been on the property his whole life and has seen firsthand the violence and tragedy that stem from issues with illegal immigration.
"I don't believe there's a day that goes by - either illegal immigrants or somebody smuggling contraband drugs," Bell told CNN's Gary Tuchman. "There's always somebody coming across."
A tall fence lines some of Bells' land, but mostly the only thing dividing the two countries is a rickety barbed wire fence that can easily be climbed; he makes repairs to it himself.
CNN's Shasta Darlington details new video showing the inside of a Brazilian nightclub that was destroyed by a deadly fire.
Investigators found all of the fire extinguishers in the club were either expired or fake.
Police also discovered that the licenses for the business are no longer valid. The old license limited the capacity to 670 people. The night the blaze killed 234 people, there were about 2,000 packed into the club.
Big wave surfer Garrett McNamara may have broken the record for surfing the biggest wave ever–a record he already holds. The giant wall of water could have very easily killed him. He talks to Anderson Cooper about his close call.
The Sheriff of Mohave County, Arizona vows to help members who want to leave Warren Jeffs' polygamist sect known as the FLDS. Sheriff Tom Sheahan says their department is "helping those that want to get out of that community."
The Sheriff tells Anderson the 'city police department' is nothing but an 'extension of a security service for the church.' He explains, "when people want to leave that church and get away from that type of living, they try to stop them, they hide them out, and they conspire with the elders in that church to keep this from happening." FULL POST
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