Gun Control Before Newtown, and After

Craig Whitney, author of 'Living With Guns', discusses the Second Amendment, the NRA, and Obama's gun proposals.

By + More

[See a collection of editorial cartoons on the Newtown shooting.]

What other measures would be effective in reducing gun violence in the United States?

Increasing the penalties for people who commit crimes using guns would be an effective deterrent. I think the vigorous prosecution of straw buyers, people who buy guns knowingly for criminals and others who can't buy them themselves from federal dealers, would be an effective step that could be taken. And I think that improving the reporting requirements of the states to the national database is something that definitely should be done. Finally, I think that we have to do something to improve the way mental illness is handled in this country.

  • Read the U.S. News debate: Should High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines Be Banned?
  • Photos: President Obama Unveils Gun Control Measures
  • Check out U.S. News Weekly: an insider's guide to politics and policy.