Episode 15: Gun Control

Host Sammy Ross and guest Jen Bertha discuss the topic of Gun Control.  How did the Second Amendment come to be?  Who is the NRA, and why are they such a key player in the Gun Control debate?  On this episode we’ll discuss the history of how the United States became the gun capital of the world, and where we stand globally on mass shootings and gun fatalities.  

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For more on a short video of the history of the Second Amendment: https://www.pbs.org/video/the-2nd-amendment-explained-syfwc4/ 

For more on the history of guns and the Second Amendment: https://www.history.com/topics/united-states-constitution/2nd-amendment 

For more on the history of gun manufacturing in America: https://www.history.com/topics/inventions/firearmsms  

For more on the history of the NRA: https://www.npr.org/2017/10/10/556578593/the-nra-wasnt-always-against-gun-restrictions 

For more on the litigation and potential bankruptcy of the NRA: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/11/judge-dismisses-nra-bankruptcy-case-group-faces-new-york-lawsuit.html 

For more on the Gun Show Loophole:  https://www.teenvogue.com/story/the-gun-show-loophole-explained 

For more on how different countries buy guns: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/03/02/world/international-gun-laws.html 

For more on the Columbine Shooting: https://abcnews.go.com/US/20-years-columbine-changed-school-shootings-america/story?id=62248885 

For more on the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: https://www.britannica.com/event/Newtown-shootings-of-2012 

In remembrance of the children and educators who died during the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/13/newtown-sandy-hook-shooting-victims-five-years-later 

For more on the advocacy work of the student activists of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (also known as the Parkland Shooting): https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/11/us/parkland-change-gun-control-legislation/index.html 

For more on the former school security guard during the Parkland Shooting: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/former-parkland-security-officer-scot-peterson-charged-neglect-not-entering-n1013831 

For more on a timeline of the Vegas Shooting: https://www.businessinsider.com/timeline-shows-exactly-how-the-las-vegas-massacre-unfolded-2018-9#january-29-2019-the-fbi-releases-its-own-findings-after-a-lengthy-investigation-21 

For more on how most mass shooters are men: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/27/981803154/why-nearly-all-mass-shooters-are-men 

For more on School Shooting statistics: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/local/school-shootings-database/?utm_term=.6a301aa83515 

For more on Mass Shooting statistics: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackbrewster/2021/04/16/more-than-one-mass-shooting-per-day-has-occurred-in-2021/?sh=1cdc3dc86493 

For more on the rise of shootings in New York City: https://gothamist.com/news/why-are-shootings-and-murders-rise-nyc 

For more on the Long Island Rail Road shooting: https://abc7ny.com/remembering-the-lirr-massacre-on-its-25th-anniversary/4853915/ 

For more on the New York “Safe Act:” https://safeact.ny.gov/ 

For more on 3D printed “Ghost Guns:” https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyfeldman/2021/03/25/state-ags-seek-crackdown-on-3d-printed-ghost-guns/?sh=22b1bbe52961 

For more on US and International gun control statistics: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41488081 

For a timeline on gun control legislation in the U.S.: https://time.com/5169210/us-gun-control-laws-history-timeline/ 

For an interactive map that shows gun laws, state by state: https://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state-gun-laws/texas/ 

For more on the current bill in the House for gun legislation: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/11/976000003/house-passes-bills-to-strengthen-gun-laws-including-expanding-background-checks 

For more on the upcoming Supreme Court Second Amendment case: https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/26/politics/supreme-court-second-amendment-case/index.html 

For more on The Rebels Project: https://www.therebelsproject.org/  

For more on Everytown: https://www.everytown.org/

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