December 14, 2012
Twenty children and six educators are shot dead in a matter of minutes by Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old wielding a Bushmaster .223, an AR-15 military-style semi-automatic rifle.
December 16, 2012
In Newtown, President Obama gives an emotional speech promising action. “We can't tolerate this anymore. We are not doing enough and we will have to change.”
December 21, 2012
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre gives a rambling press conference calling for armed guards at schools. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
January 15, 2013
In Washington, the White House and gun-control groups coalesce behind a relatively limited proposal by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin to expand background checks on gun buyers.
April 17, 2013
The Manchin bill wins support of eight senators with A-ratings from the NRA—but falls five votes short of a filibuster-proof majority. A “shameful day for Washington,” says Obama.
April 30, 2013
Several senators who blocked the bill face a backlash back home. In New Hampshire, Republican Kelly Ayotte is confronted by the daughter of the slain Sandy Hook principal.
Senators vow to push for new vote in mid-summer after Congress votes on immigration reform. But that issue bogs down in the House. Soon, the government shutdown takes center stage.
September 10, 2013
Colorado voters recall two state senators who had backed new gun restrictions in a low-turnout election that is nonetheless taken as ominous harbinger for the gun-control side.
September 16, 2013
A mentally disturbed government contractor enters the Washington Navy Yard and kills 13 people. It was the 16th shooting with four or more victims since the Newtown massacre.
September 18, 2013
Following a vigorous grassroots battle between activists, Starbucks announces that it is discouraging gun owners from openly carrying firearms into its shops.
October 25, 2013
Newtown commences the demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
November 4, 2013
Terry McAuliffe wins election as governor of Virginia, home of the NRA’s headquarters, despite boasting openly of his F rating from the organization. Pundits do not see this as an indication of any change in the gun lobby's influence.
November 9, 2013
A large group of armed “open carry” protesters congregate outside a restaurant near Dallas where a few members of gun control group Moms Demand Action are meeting to strategize.
November 25, 2013
A police investigation reports that Adam Lanza barely left his bedroom, covered its windows with trash bags and obsessed over mass shootings. But it offers no “conclusive” motive.
As the anniversary neared, Newtown officials pleaded for privacy and some Republicans and commentators accused gun control advocates of politicizing the event. Activists released a chilling ad ad titled "No More Silence."