Why we're still debating guns in 2016

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  • Experts from both sides of the debate offer their views on the issue of guns in America

(CNN)CNN Opinion rounded up a selection of op-eds from both sides of the gun debate in America--one that continues to rage, with highly publicized shootings in Charleston, Chattanooga, Lafayette, Roanoke, the campus of Umpqua Community College in Oregon, and San Bernardino, California, where at least 14 people were killed in December. Where are we today on guns and mass shootings? Here are experts' opinions on the issue. Watch President Obama as he joins Anderson Cooper and a live audience for a CNN Prime time event: Guns in America, Thursday Night, 8 pm ET.

Julian Zelizer: Why nothing happens on gun control
    Julian Zelizer
    Why does gun reform fail, no matter how intense the outrage from horrendous attacks?
    The most important and obvious factor is exactly what the President mentioned: the overwhelming power of the gun lobby.
    This is one of the most sophisticated lobbies in the country. The National Rifle Assocation and other gun rights organizations employ a full arsenal of lobbying tools -- from disputed constitutional arguments, to a massive campaign finance war chest, to voter mobilization drives -- that are enough to influence members of both parties.
    In the 2014 midterm elections, the NRA spent $12 million, with 95% of its candidates victorious. Whenever the issue comes up in Congress, the NRA mobilizes and makes it clear that there will be payback for any representative or senator who supports gun control. Read more ...
    Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and a New America fellow. He is the author of "Jimm