Jun 23, 2022
In this episode, I answer the question: Does the 2nd Amendment apply to all bearable arms or just muskets? Many folks today believe the founders could never have imagined an AR-15 and would never support civilian ownership of one. I explore what it would be like if all Constitutional rights were treated this way. I talk about the success of insurgencies against superior fighting power. Most importantly, I explore the many 18th century "assault weapons" that existed when the 2nd Amendment was written.
I answer the question: Does the state or federal government have the right to decide who can and who cannot own a gun? Many don't know that the 2nd Amendment isn't the only provision of the Constitution that protects gun rights. The 14th Amendment is also an important bulwark against gun control. To be legitimate, any gun control measure must pass muster with the 14th Amendment's due process clause.
Finally, I debunk 4 common statistical myths that gun control activists love to regurgitate. #1 More guns = more murder. #2 Mass shooting are exceedingly common in US. #3 An "assault weapons" ban would solve gun violence. #4 Defensive uses of guns are very uncommon.
Important links: Riddle of the Gun https://samharris.org/the-riddle-of-the-gun/
Small arms survey https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/jul/22/gu n-homicides-ownership-world-list
Demographics of gun ownership http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2017/06/22/the-demographics -of-gun-ownership/
Crime Prevention Research Center https://crimeresearch.org/2015/06/comparing-death-rates-f rom-mass-public-shootings-in-the-us-and-europe/ https://crimeresearch.org/2018/11/new-cprc-research-mas s-public-shootings-are-much-higher-in-the-rest-of-the-world -and-increasing-much-more-quickly/
2018 FBI murder rate https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018 /topic-pages/murder
2004 FBI murder rate https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2004
FBI Murder weapon data https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018 /tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8.xls
CDC Study https://www.nap.edu/read/18319/chapter/1
Childhood firearm Injuries http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/ early/2017/06/15/peds.2016-3486
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