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The Roundtable: Can Gun Reform Hit the Target?

There is no shortage of proposed firearm regulations. But which ones will actually address the problem?

The recent mass shootings in the U.S. have recharged the debates over what really causes mass shootings, and what gun control laws — if any — can stop them. A panel of experts joined Roundtable to discuss the crisis and potential solutions. In this segment, they address potential weak spots in proposed reforms. 

John Lott argues that the flurry of proposed gun-control laws that often follow mass shootings tend to be misguided.

"The weak link in all of these proposals is the implementation and enforcement of whatever is proposed," he says. "Laws are not self-enforcing and without cooperation and implementation and enforcement, then these new laws will simply be words on a piece of paper and won't have much effect in the real world."

Frank McAndrew notes that, while more mental health support is crucial in the U.S., this doesn't really address the motivations of most mass shooters.

"The idea that increasing support for mental health is gonna significantly decrease shootings is just a red herring. Most of the people who are mentally ill never engage in any shootings, and a great many, if not, most of the mass shooters are not mentally ill, at least in the way that we think of it," he says. 

"That's especially true for the mass shooters that are driven by ideology. They're very rational. They're plotting. They know what they're doing."

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Roundtable Guests:

John Lott, President, Crime Prevention Research Center

Douglas Husak, Co-Director, Institute for Law and Philosophy, Rutgers University

Frank McAndrew, Professor of Psychology, Knox College

Niko House, Political Analyst