The gun debate has been important to me since December 14, 2012 – the day that my high school classmate took 28 lives, including his own, in my hometown of Newtown, Connecticut. As I watched funeral processions and news vans consume the streets in Newtown, I wanted answers. Can these kinds of shootings be prevented? If so, who should be responsible for leading that effort, and what can be done to protect people’s lives and their rights? News21 enabled me to pursue answers to these questions, and ask many more along the way.