Aug. 4, 2021

2A: Stop Shooting People, America

2A: Stop Shooting People, America

Kevin and Jaime, who had so much to say on this topic that they forgot to talk about coffee, dig into gun laws in the USA. CW: Discussions of Firearms, Mass Shootings, Domestic Violence, and Adult Language


Content Warning: Discussions of Firearms, Mass Shootings, Domestic Violence, and Adult Language

During this episode:

Kevin and Jaime dig into gun laws in the USA including background checks, firearm sales, and statistics on gun violence. Mass shooting events discussed in the episode included events where four or more people are killed or injured, not including the perpetrator. 

Background checks, personal responsibility with firearms, and unrealistic societal expectations - how do these impact gun violence and society’s trust in firearms? Listen in for our thoughts.

Their expertise in regards to constitutional law? Frankly none.

Their awareness of statistical information on gun violence, gun laws state to state in the US, and other assorted firearm related laws and impacts? Well, they google searched for a few weeks and compiled some data, so hopefully that counts for something.

Their qualifications to discuss the topic? Random life experience and caffeination during recording sessions.

Basically, anything they discuss? Don’t take their word for it - but they hope you enjoy the show!

Our coffee and common ground this week (which our hosts didn’t mention, but did consume):
In Jaime’s Cup: https://www.groundworkcoffee.com/products/bitches-brew 

In Kevin’s Cup: https://www.seattlesbest.com/product/post-alley-blend 

Merriam-Webster: https://www.merriam-webster.com/ 

 

Quotables:

“I’m going to cut this into a soundbyte and use it for my ringtone… every time you call me it’s going to be, ‘America! Stop shooting people!”

“I do, frequently, doubt (people’s) capabilities. Like, I see how y’all drive…”

“I’m an @*$hole in real life, Kevin! People always want to shoot me!”

“Speaking of @*$holes, let’s talk demographics!”

“Everyone gets a gun, just don’t shoot each other”

“Someone on the internet is wrong…”

Show us your common sense:

Please feel free to stop by and let us know your thoughts on today’s episode. Where do you stand on gun laws in the US? Should anyone be able to purchase and own any firearm? Would addressing systemic inequality and a wealth gap significantly decrease gun violence? Is there a place at the table for more federal regulation or should it be left to the states? Do you wash your coffee cup?

Chat with Kevin and Jaime on social media and leave a review, they can’t wait to hear from you!


Reference Links:

Sources for the rest of the show:

State to State Firearm Laws: https://www.gunstocarry.com/gun-laws-state/

Gun bills in the House (as of March 2021): https://www.factcheck.org/2021/03/facts-on-the-house-gun-bills/ 

Studies linked within this site that show gun laws do curb gun violence: https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/press/dem/releases/states-with-weak-gun-laws-suffer-from-more-gun-violence

Assault Weapon vs Assault Rifle: https://www.journal-news.com/news/national/assault-weapon-assault-rifle-what-the-difference/LPXLAj8ZcHkPn2rLn3bOGK/

Example of the idea that society could treat violence as an epidemic: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20180723-why-we-should-treat-violence-like-an-epidemic 

Suicidal ideation in schools and how environmental changes can impact:https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/su/su6901a6.htm 

United States: Gun Ownership and the Supreme Court: https://www.loc.gov/law/help/usconlaw/second-amendment.php (Cached site - http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:VTFtHfr9S24J:https://loc.gov/law/help/usconlaw/second-amendment.php?magazineName%3Djunior%26promo_code%3D0144&hl=en&gl=us&strip=1&vwsrc=0 )

Information on firearms and domestic violence in the US

Cornell: Annotated Constitution: 2A, Bearing Arms: https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution-conan/amendment-2

Info on assault weapon bans impacting mass shootings: https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2021/03/assault-weapon-ban-significantly-reduces-mass-shooting/ 

Preemptive Laws: https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/preemption 

Gun Laws By State: https://www.gunstocarry.com/gun-laws-state/

PolitiFact: How Florida’s Red Flag Laws Work: https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2019/09/09/politifact-how-floridas-red-flag-gun-law-works/

Gun Violence Archive: https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/ 

Obligatory Wikipedia Article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States 

Media Bias / Fact Check: mediabiasfactcheck.com

Quick Reference to Federal Firearms Laws: https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/usao-ut/legacy/2013/06/03/guncard.pdf 

National Firearm Laws Referenced:

National Firearms Act ("NFA") (1934): Taxes the manufacture and transfer of, and mandates the registration of Title II weapons such as machine guns, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, heavy weapons, explosive ordnance, suppressors, and disguised or improvised firearms.

Federal Firearms Act of 1938 ("FFA"): Requires that gun manufacturers, importers, and those in the business of selling firearms have a Federal Firearms License (FFL). Prohibits the transfer of firearms to certain classes of people, such as convicted felons.

Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (1968): Prohibited interstate trade in handguns, increased the minimum age to 21 for buying handguns.

Gun Control Act of 1968 ("GCA"): Focuses primarily on regulating interstate commerce in firearms by generally prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and importers.

Firearm Owners Protection Act ("FOPA") (1986): Revised and partially repealed the Gun Control Act of 1968. Prohibited the sale to civilians of automatic firearms manufactured after the date of the law's passage. Required ATF approval of transfers of automatic firearms.

Undetectable Firearms Act (1988): Effectively criminalizes, with a few exceptions, the manufacture, importation, sale, shipment, delivery, possession, transfer, or receipt of firearms with less than 3.7 oz of metal content.

Gun-Free School Zones Act (1990): Prohibits unauthorized individuals from knowingly possessing a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.

Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (1993): Requires background checks on most firearm purchasers, depending on seller and venue.

Federal Assault Weapons Ban (1994–2004): Banned semiautomatics that looked like assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices. The law expired in 2004.

Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (2004): Granted law enforcement officers and former law enforcement officers the right to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with certain exceptions.

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (2005): Prevents firearms manufacturers and licensed dealers from being held liable for negligence when crimes have been committed with their products.