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Sandy Hook, Gun Control & A Changing America: Battle of Ideas Taster


In recent years, there have been several seemingly random acts of violence committed by young males in the US – shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Sandy Hook, Connecticut and the bombing at the Boston Marathon. There has been heated discussion about how these acts should be interpreted. Is it a mental health issue? Is gun control the answer? What these acts have in common is seemingly nihilistic and motiveless violence. Gun control may be popular in the UK but in America it’s a different story. Arranged by the New York Salon and filmed by WORLDbytes volunteers at the Battle of Ideas, this terrific debate goes beyond the normal rhetoric and may take you out of your comfort zone. In this taster clip spiked writer Kevin Yuill and fellow panellists explain why they support the 2nd amendment of the American constitution and freedom to bear arms. A freedom the world would do well to emulate everywhere. Until 1870 you could even speak of a ‘gun culture’ in the UK, it’s only today that Brits call gun ownership ‘crazy’.

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Related topics: Civil Liberties, Debates, Global

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Stacey said:

Should the same apply to carrying other weapons e.g. knives? This programme raises a lot of questions for me.

Carol said:

I hadn’t thought about the 2nd amendment like this before. Given attacks on ordinary people that controls are aimed at, I think on balance, it’s something we should support.

admin said:

I am surprised so few deaths are in fact a product of guns in the USA. Interesting point which I hadn’t considered on Britain up to 1870.

Gerri said:

Excellent clips you have made we want to watch the full debate now thankyou

HJ said:

Wow pretty unheard of to hear people arguing for right to bear arms thank you for this has made me think again especially issue of self reliance.