Since last year's massacre at Virginia Tech, 30 more deadly shootings have inspired gun control movements in 38 states. But there's a big push in the other direction, too. Law enforcement is the focus in cities, but gun rights and hunting interests often prevail in state capitols. We tune in to the ongoing debate. Also, Pope Benedict addresses the UN today on human rights, and Jimmy Carter defies Israel and the Bush Administration and meets the Hamas leader they're trying to isolate.
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Pope Benedict addressed the UN General Assembly today, emphasizing human rights, calling it "the most effective strategy for eliminating inequalities between countries and social groups, and for increasing security." He made no reference to the war in Iraq. Yesterday, for the third straight day of his visit, he addressed the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests. The Boston Globe, which first reported the scandal, called the Pope's visit with five victims of sex abuse a "historic development." Michael Paulson is part of the Globe's Pulitzer-Prize winning team.
Michael Paulson, Religion Reporter, Boston Globe
It's been one year since the massacre at Virginia Tech, where surviving students -- including some of the wounded -- are pushing for gun control. But students elsewhere want the right to carry concealed weapons on campus for self-defense, and that's been legalized in a few places. In the past year, some 30 incidents on school campuses have killed 14 people and led to proposed restrictions in 38 states. We hear from students on both sides, as well as how urban and rural communities are locked in ongoing struggles over public safety and the right to bear arms.
Elilta 'Lily' Habtu, victim of 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech
Brett Poulos, National Media Liaison, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus
Paul Helmke, President, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Dave Workman, Senior Editor, Gun Week
Kate Harper, Republican State Legislator, Pennsylvania
The Bush Administration and Israeli government have been trying to isolate Hamas, despite its success in Palestinian elections and control of the Gaza Strip. Today, thirty years after brokering the peace between Israel and Egypt, former President Jimmy Carter met with exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshall in Damascus, Syria, in one of the highest-profile encounters between Hamas and a western leader. Reuters says Carter feels optimistic about the possible release of Yigal Shalit, the Israeli soldier being held by Hamas. Ori Nir is a spokesman for Americans for Peace Now.