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December 12th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

New shooting on Virginia Tech campus renews gun policy debate – should guns be allowed on school grounds?

Last Thursday's shooting at Virginia Tech College, where a police officer was shot to death while making a routine traffic stop, has redirected attention back to the state's gun laws and renewed debate about gun control.

While gun control advocates will likely use this occurrence to argue that gun control laws should be tightened, gun-rights organizations such as The Virginia Civil Defense League are expected to lobby to prevent state agencies, including colleges, from banning guns on campus this year.

Today on American Morning, Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Civil Defense League, talks with Ali Velshi to discuss how the Virginia Tech shooting could affect U.S. gun laws and to explain his organization's perspective on gun control.

Filed under: Gun rights • Violence
August 18th, 2011
10:17 AM ET

Violence in the Mideast: At least six people killed in Israel and unrest in Syria persists

This morning, Israeli authorities said that at least six Israelis were killed and more than two dozen others were injured in southern Israel today when attackers fired shots at a bus, assaulted Israeli soldiers, and fired mortars and an anti-tank missile.

This report comes at the same time as the leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom join President Obama in calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Asad to step down as violence in the country persists.

Today on American Morning, Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, former Middle East presidential adviser and former Ambassador to Morocco, weighs in on the attacks in Israel and discusses if the international pressure on Syria will change Asad's course of action in the country.

Filed under: Israel • Middle East • Syria • Violence