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What Should We Do About Guns?

What Should We Do About Guns?

The next time you hear a politician call for
“common sense gun control,” listen for the details. You are likely to be treated to a torrent
of platitudes about assault weapons, gun show sales and other half-measures. These sorts of proposals are rooted in a theory
of gun control that has been around since the 1960s. The basic idea is that fewer guns equal less
gun crime. But for this theory to have even a chance
of working, drastic reductions in the supply of guns will be necessary. Everything else amounts to security theatre. The late Senator Howard Metzenbaum, a strong
gun control advocate, explained it this way: “If you don’t ban all guns you might as
well ban none of them.” But few, if any, politicians who call for
“common sense gun control” have the courage to propose this. Even putting aside the issue of the Second
Amendment to the Constitution, which affirms the right to keep and bear arms, a gun ban
has no broad popular support. Never mind the conservative states, handgun
ban referendums failed by large margins in two of our most liberal states – Massachusetts in 1976 and California in 1982. No serious attempts have been made since then. Recently Australia’s gun control efforts
have gained new prominence as a possible model for the United States to follow. Let’s take a closer look at Australia. In 1996, after a lunatic used a semiautomatic
rifle to murder 34 people in Tasmania, the Australian government banned all semi-automatic
rifles and repeating shotguns. Owners of roughly 700,000 registered firearms
– about a quarter of the country’s three million total guns – were required to turn
them in for destruction. The government called this a “buyback,”
but in fact no one had a choice. As my research shows, this model will not
work in the United States for the simple reason that the US has roughly 325 million guns. This is orders of magnitude more than any
other country. Even if the Australian plan were tried in
the US and worked to perfection, we’d still be left with over 200 million guns, including
handguns which account for nearly 80 percent of gun crime. But gun confiscation has never worked to perfection,
and sometimes threatens to make things worse. The 2007 International Small Arms Survey studied
72 countries that attempted to enforce gun confiscation or registration on their citizens. They found massive defiance of these laws,
with only about a third of owners complying. If Americans defy gun bans at just the average
rate that has occurred internationally, then we should expect tens of millions of guns
to flood into the black market. Not surprisingly, politicians advocating for
gun control prefer to avoid the thorny issues that confiscation raises. Instead, they seek to have it both ways. They pursue the votes of gun owners by paying
lip service to the Second Amendment and offering assurances that they only want to ban “the
bad guns” like rifles with pistol grips. And at the same time, they pander to their
core constituents with broad gun ban rhetoric, and supply control proposals that will have
a marginal effect at best. And when these meager efforts fail to pass
or to work? Blame the gun lobby. So, to the glib critics of America’s gun
culture, we should make this demand: If supply controls are the answer, describe precisely
the full program of supply-side policies you propose to stop the gun crimes that we all
abhor. And then tell us how those policies will also
allow lawful gun owners to keep and protect themselves with firearms. If you cannot square these two things, then
you must convince Americans that they are better off under policies that would disarm
good people, in a fruitless attempt to keep bad men from getting guns. I’m Nicholas Johnson, Professor of Law at
Fordham University for Prager University.

86 thoughts on “What Should We Do About Guns?

  • Yes you are one weird, backward Macho Dude, contain gun ownership to the Armed forces, law enforcement agencies, you brainless pathetic Dummy, it works in all the other worlds countries, but, just like many people have said, the good ol US of A just aint civilised enough yet, you certainly are not you Humpty Trumpty moron.

  • Fkn idiots, what you don't understand is you have millions of supposed responsible adults owning guns, my God you are like a third world country , Trumpkin Dumkins Fkn Dummies,

  • Politicians are just making themselves look like heroes by signing pieces of paper that criminals will wipe their asses with.

  • The 2nd Amendment has nothing whatsoever to do with hunting to put food on your table, protecting livestock, target practice etc, it is there to allow civilians to have the right to protect and defend themselves, how many mentally deficient people have guns??, NRA say there are far too many and whatever government you have in you should tighten the laws. My cousin lives in Houston , Texas, he told me that he knows lots of people who actually train their pre teen children how to handle a gun and shoot !!!, then you have your supposedly big HeMan , Macho celebrity actors/Actresses, openly bragging about what they would do, Ice 'T', 2 bit ZActor, Charlton Heston, Bruce Willis, Jon Voight etc, totally irresponsible ego maniacs who haven't got a fkn clue , kids watch these so called pillars of society and think yes I'll do it too. Your country is a fkn disgrace and people like you , hiding behind an archaic political ruling just so the Politicians of that era could get more votes.. I would say that you are regressing back to your childhood but unfortunately you have never grown out it, you are a sad, pathetic, laughing stock to the rest of the world.

  • It’s all about money, politicians from Both sides are funded by organizations and group, if republican senators who accept money from the NRA shouldn’t have a say in the gun debate, then why should democratic senators who accept money from planned parenthood have a say in the abortion debate?. Plain and simple logic.

  • U.S Government Man: Haha the U.S. is so cool, that we have more firearms than people.

    Australia Government Man: Sounds like a serious issue to me, we must take control over the U.S. to help de-arm them!

    U.S. Man: click click Come closer and say that again…

    Australian Government Man: Huh, what damage are you gonna do with that dinky pistol?

    U.S. Government Man: reveals automatic weapons under his jacket.

    Australian Government Man: 0_0


  • Just make mental health care better, and enforce more background checks. We need to prevent bad people from getting the guns. Not prevent everyone.

  • If anyone is interested in the results of the Australian gun “buy back” (confiscation) program.

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  • As a hispanic i think guns are a basic right. I think all black people and hispanics should arm themselves to defend ourselves from this racist government that oppresses us described in the second amendment.

  • Criminals won't follow laws????

    Good point, lets get rid of all the laws criminals won't follow! ?

  • It makes no sense, to take all weapons, because the crime will continue. That's why, countries with striker gun laws in Europe are consisting out of crimes only.

    Sorry, that countries like Germany or Sweden are a problem for your position, but in my book, there are way less attacks on schools in Germany than in the US. You have roughly one a month, we maybe one in a decade

  • Gun control proposed by supporters of gun rights often involves teaching their children how to operate a gun, safely securing their weapons and mandatory training before you can purchase a weapon. Gun control proposed by the opposition often involves making certain guns illegal for civilians and restricting certain people from buying a weapon. At least this is how it should be. Second Amendment supporters now a days believe they have a right to own guns. Mainstream gun advocates actively discourage safely securing a firearm out of a hypothetical scenario where you might need a gun for home defense. Even brainwashing the base of gun supporters into considering any police data on the subject as lies. I believe if you will not responsibly own a gun you have no right to own one.

  • Gun bans do not just affect law abiding citizens. Making it harder to purchase a gun makes it harder for all. Many seem to speak as though all criminals already own a weapon or can easily buy one. The movie Death Wish illustrates an irational gun supporter. In this movie you have a gun store which sells their guns by using attractive women to sell guns. The firearms test in that movie is just a fake since no one ever fails the test. The background check to get a license is almost non-existent. Bruce Willis is able to buy a high powered gun on sight after getting his license. Common sense gun law is about thinking with common sense. That means verifying everyone who wants to own a gun is not dangerous through background checks. Make sure they actually know how to operate a weapon properly. Disarm gun owners who have committed a gun crime. If criminals are the ones commiting crimes then criminals are the ones gun regulation should target.

  • I don't like guns, but I am for the second amendment and for enabling people to carry anything carried by the military. When gun laws exist, the criminals will never obey them and then come to kill you.

  • Prior to WWII, Admiral Yamamoto responded to a subordinate asking about invading the US. He replied, (sic) " not where there is a bullet behind every blade of grass."
    If we were made conscious of the fact that the Universe is Heaven and we are in it, we could have everything we wanted, including guns, because no one would abuse them. Even a baseball bat needs a human behind it to kill someone.

  • Antigun politicians only want to disarm us so they would be free to do all the things they know we would resist by force. But let's be frank, trying to disarm us will only result in a 2nd American revolution and the hunting down of anyone who voted for this or tried to enforce it.

    The days of gun control are over. More Americans lawfully own guns than ever before, and we know the intentions of those who oppose guns. Therefore those of us who are armed WILL NEVER DISRARM and will NEVER COMPLY with antigun measures. There may be a few "fudds" who would obey, but they are a small minority. Expect noncompliance of well OVER 65%!!

  • As an Australian this was an interesting video. I feel much safer here in Australia than when I'm in the U.S and like almost all other Australians am broadly in favour of gun-control. But he makes a good point about the differing sizes. It's a real shame isn't it? It's like he's just admitting 'Yep, it worked in Australia but it can't work here because there are just too many guns out there already.' I think I actually might agree with him on this. It's just so sad though that it's past the point of no return and there will just keep being these killings every year…every month for the next…forever… sigh

  • I'm reading a lot of comment here along the lines of 'evil people will always get their hands on guns.' I work as a forensic psychologist here in Australia, treating 'criminals' all day every day. What I can tell you is that most people who commit violent crime are 'opportunistic'. By that I mean it happens impulsively. By that I mean they tend to just use whatever is readily available to them. Because we barely have any guns here in Australia, most of the crime is people punching people with their fists or sometimes stabbing people with a knife. Guns attacks are extremely rare because almost no one has guns. And because almost non one has guns, even 'bad guys' (which btw is a terrible idea/concept – there aren't 'bad guys' and 'good guys' in the world as we like to simplistically think) don't really feel the need to have a gun. IOW you can be bad enough without a gun! I've lived in America (just briefly for 6 months) and have a number of American friends so I know how many Americans think and it's hard for a lot of you guys to understand what I'm describing because it's just so foreign to you. Maybe one suggestion would be to come and live here for a while and just see how different and nice it feels. That might be the only way to get some of you guys to understand. Peace friends.

  • What should we do about guns? We should own them. We should clean them. We should load them. We should shoot them. We should buy more guns.

  • I'm sure you have heard that if guns were outlawed, only outlaws would have guns. Also if the public is required to turn in their guns do you really think the criminals would turn theirs in? Not a chance. At that time the criminals would have guns and the law abiding citizens would be left helpless. I know, call the police. Even if the police arrive in ten minutes that would be more than nine minutes too late. The police would arrive just in time to call the morgue. Once you are dead, you are dead and probably your family is also dead. This does not mean that the police are not doing their job. It just means it takes time to travel any distance. My guns are well behaved. I've had them for years and not one of them has killed anyone. I just feel better owning guns and not needing them than needing them and not having them. It's the law abiding citizen that takes all the heat because criminals commit crimes. The real answer to this problem is not to take away all the guns but to enforce our laws to the max if someone commits a crime with a gun or knife or baseball bat. Don't give the law abiding person a death sentence by taking their guns. I'm required to have a "carry permit" to carry my gun. I had to have a city, county and state background check and be fingerprinted and pay over $100 to get this permit. I bet every drug dealer and most criminals have guns but no permit. If they get arrested with a gun, prosecute. Why do I need a permit and they don't. I figure that about 95% or more of them could not pass a background check.

    Thank you PragerU for your good videos that should be required viewing. You cover a wide range of topics and are not afraid to step on some toes from time to time.

  • You should remember that cities with gun control are the most unsafe cities. Remember that I have the CONSTITUTIONIAL RIGHT to KEEP MY GUN. PUT CRIMINALS IN PRISON AND KEEP THEM THERE.
    THE END.

  • Irrelevant.
    Government doesn’t grant Rights.
    Gun Control is illegal as it is in direct conflict with the Bill of Rights, Second Amendment, which states "Shall not be infringed".

    The United States Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land.

    Unconstitutional Official Acts

    16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256:

    The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statute, to be valid, must be In agreement. It is impossible for both the Constitution and a law violating it to be valid; one must prevail. This is succinctly stated as follows:

    The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it's enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted.

    Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it…..

    A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the lend, it is superseded thereby.

    No one Is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.

  • Marbury v. Madison, 5 US 137: “The Constitution of these United States is the supreme law of the land. Any law that is repugnant to the Constitution is null and void of law.”

    Murdock v. Penn., 319 US 105: “No state shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it, and attach a fee to it.”

    Shuttlesworth v. Birmingham, 373 US 262: “If the state converts a liberty into a privilege, the citizen can engage in the right with impunity.”

    Boyd v. U.S., 116 U.S. 616: “The court is to protect against any encroachment of Constitutionally secured liberties.”

    Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436: “Where rights secured (Affirmed) by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation, which would abrogate them.”

    Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425: “An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.”

    Miller v. U.S., 230 F.2d. 486, 489: “The claim and exercise of a Constitutional right cannot be converted into a crime.”

    Brady v. U.S., 397 U.S. 742, 748: “Waivers of Constitutional Rights, not only must they be voluntary, they must be knowingly intelligent acts done with sufficient awareness.” “If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being a gift of ALMIGHTY GOD, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.” —Samuel Adams, 1772

    Mattox v. U.S., 156 US 237, 243: “We are bound to interpret the Constitution in the light of the law as it existed at the time it was adopted.”

    S. Carolina v. U.S., 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905): “The Constitution is a written instrument. As such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now.”

  • What I do is keep what I have and buy more ammo.
    I love "sarcasm" it when a rifle or hand gun is called an assault weapon. Common sense tells me that if you are being assaulted, the weapon being used against me is an assault weapon, regardless of whether it's a knife, fist, hammer, car, or baseball bat. I'm too old to defend myself in what a manner that would be referred to as fair or equal so I carry a weapon that can do the job without me getting beat up. The only reason I carry is for protection. I don't see myself as a coward or weakling but I am a realist and know that situations do come up in people's lives where it becomes necessary for you to protect yourself and your family as well as your home from the liberals who want to just take your life or property from you. They love the idea of redistribution but I like the idea of keeping what I have worked for. This shouldn't be threatening to anyone except for those who regard what is mine as theirs. Does that make me a vigilante or a gun toting nut to you? Oh well, you can't please everyone.

  • Just give all our guns to the evil government's so we feel safer and pay higher insurance since crime grows speedily
    Government love insurance collections since they own the insurance companies

  • The lefts push for gun control cause an energetic market legal and underground! Sorry but people will just make more than you ban the tools to make guns! Than people make explosives ! Than you take away education to make Boom than we're all in the dark??

  • I really think gun control is an issue to the United States, walking around with a rifle is not ok. The weapons industry is a massive one and can cost the US a lot of money. I think licenses should be implemented to guns and ensure whoever owns any is responsible. Thought I love guns, they are simply not needed in the 21st century.

  • In Brazil the leftist government of Lula took only the guns of the citizens.The criminals took control.We live in fear.

  • Dumbest video ever. We can't control it, so let us not control it. Why don't you use the same dumb logic for drugs also?

  • @ 2:42 was he talking about President Trump? On the campaign trail he said he supports the 2A and now in office defiles it like toilet paper.

  • How could a conservative who stands for security stands at the same time for weapons? Weapons is not the only problem. Combined with poverty and a toxic society you get 13000 murders a year.

  • Make full auto battle rifles, hand grenades, shoulder fired weapons of all kinds available to every American male.

  • I think that people should have to pass a test in order to have a gun. Some of the questions should be:

    1. List all/any mental disorders you have been diagnosed with
    2. What makes you angry?
    3. On a scale of 1-10 how do you feel about yourself?
    4. A blind woman is walking down the street and is about to walk into a dangerous area. What do you do?
    5. How old are you?
    6. Who do you want to hurt badly?
    7. Your boss is humiliating you and your coworkers are all laughing at you. You then remember that you have a gun in your office desk. What do you do?
    8. List all the times you were arrested, what you were arrested for and the outcome of the arrest (set free or convicted):

  • This isn’t new. It’s the entire economic philosophy that plagued the war on drugs. Just because you ban it doesn’t mean you remove it.

  • You know who else to away guns? Adolf Hitler.

    The government can pry my gun from my cold, dead heads, because the only way I'll give it up is when I'm dead.

  • Because of our Second Amendment right to bear arms we have the freedoms we have today so before anybody talks about banning guns you should do your history and look into why they want to take away our rights to bear arms and freedom of speech

  • They will never go into detail, it's always broad unspecified ideas or statements of what they NEED to do without any focus on HOW and if it will work or not.

  • Coming from an Aussie I think the yanks just need to make assault weapons and all semi autos only legal possession by shooter groups in the clubs safe and legal vigilante groups the same only in there safes for events and such make illegally owned guns a life sentence that’s it only allow citizens operative pistols , bolt action hunting rifles and shotguns for hunting purposes don’t get rid of guns altogether like my dumb nation did just remove the guns citizens don’t need like the AR15, uzis and shit like that NO ONE NEEDS A SUB MACHINE GUN FOR PROTECTION!!!!

  • How dare you criticise our buy back decision! The reason it won’t work in America is simply because no politician has the backbone to stand up for what they believe in! Unsubscribed

  • In Australia, the homicide rate dropped after the buyback – but it was already dropping! Meanwhile, there were no massacres from 1928 to 1971. They suddenly picked up in the 80s and 90s. The Port Arthur incident was on a different scale, unseen before or since. But since the buyback, incidents have continued, including a siege with 18 hostages, a vehicle attack killing 6 and three separate arson attacks taking 10 or more lives each.

  • A gun is a tool and is only as bad as the person using it. I don’t own a gun and don’t care to, but should I decide I’d like one, then I think I should be allowed to purchase a gun as long as I go through the correct process. Most gun owners are law abiding citizens who wouldn’t hurt anyone.

  • I bought more guns with great ammo and body armor. The more the police act as criminals and the Government cries I buy more

  • Give everybody guns, train them and make them learn about the Constitution and what rights mean. Maybe they will even learn about the serious but usually ignored responsibility of voting. Maybe we will start electing people to represent us who are not garbage.

  • Irrelevant…. See….

    The 2nd Amendment doesn’t apply to semi-auto rifles, nor does it apply to Bolt Action Rifles, Pistols or Revolvers.

    The Second Amendment restricts Government.

    The Technology of the Firearm is irrelevant.

    The restrictions on Government stay the same, regardless of the firearm.

    The Second Amendment was not written to grant permission forCitizens to own and Bear firearms.

    It FORBIDS Government interference in the RIGHT to keep and Bear Arms, PERIOD!

    “The Right of the People to keep and bear Arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”..

  • The "Right" of self-defense comes from GOD! Not from some cliques of lunatics in D.C. or even my State Capitol.
    The right to "Keep and Bare Arms" was seen as absolute necessary by our Founding Fathers!
    There is no one alive with the insight or the Wisdom they had back then!
    So, no thanks! I'll keep my gun. It's my RIGHT. Not just as a Citizen, but as a human being!

  • Fun Fact: Only approximately 1/1,000,000th of the U.S. population is killed by rifles each year. That's all rifles and all manner of death(homicide, suicide, police action, accidents, etc). Approximately 300-400 people are killed by rifles every year. In the grand scheme of things, that's not a lot. By comparison, you're more likely to get beat to death by someone's bare hands than die by a rifle.

  • Find a way to get the guns out of the hands of criminals, before you even THINK of taking them from law-abiding citizens.

  • 29 deads in two shootings in one day.
    Just q normal day in the U.S.

    In Netherlands all wapons are illigale, even a kitchennife.
    How manny shootings in the Netherlands ? Not manny,
    also most in the criminal cicuit.
    Learn fron the Dutch !

  • We need a "superhero" initiative.

    If we enable concealed carry police officers to roam streets with secret uniform or ID carrying high-powered defensive weaponry, they would spring into action if threats occurred.

    These are our American heroes, ready to fight to protect freedom whenever it is threatened. This is similar to how Air Marshals work on airplanes. Just make sure there are undercover police officers at every public event.

    The uniform/ID is something that cannot be replicated and only identified through highest echelons of state government.

  • I love guns. Was raised up around them. No problem with guns. It's the person behind the gun I worry about. Guns won't be confiscated. Simple reson. Money. Billions in sales. Millions in tax money. America leaders love money.
    You do the math.

  • To all conservatives watching this post El Paso and Dayton, Ohio shootings, should we just do absolutely nothing and continue to let humans lives end?

    The lax gun laws are responsible for the massive amounts of gun violence in the US.

    The “criminals don’t abide by laws” argument is atrocious. These are 20 something year old guys who get their hand on a firearm and are driven by racist and xenophobic sentiments.

    Should we just do nothing and let people die? Think about that the next time you go out in public.

  • It surprised me how well its worked in UK..but they have been working on taking away our armed rights for a couple of hundred years

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