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The Roundtable: Race and the History of Gun Control

The racist origins of modern gun control can complicate the political math for many Black Americans otherwise disposed to support reform.

The recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas have once again brought gun control into the public conversation. The discussion has remained highly partisan for decades, and once again, the left and right have reached a stalemate. A panel of experts joined Roundtable to share their analysis of mass shootings, guns and what policy interventions could impact the United States’ gun violence epidemic. In this segment, they discuss the cultural elements behind mass shootings in the U.S.

Sharon Kyle argues that the country needs to take stock of the motivators behind mass shootings, beyond restricting access to arms alone.

"We need to understand the deeper motivations that cause so much violence in the United States. We have a violent culture," she says. "When you marry that with easy accessibility to firearms that do a tremendous amount of damage, you get what we have here in the United States. So it's not simply banning, it's banning and then also dealing with this culture."

Matt Savoy adds that the United States's militarism and glorification of violence also contributes to the culture behind mass shootings.

"If we look at our role models in this country, like namely in the government, and, and we look at the government, the us government's number one export, which is mass murder and war," he says. 

"We see war criminals, like George W. Bush and, and Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and Donald Trump, who bomb countries, schools and hospitals, and they're celebrated in our American history. We're creating role models who export murder across the world, and then celebrate that back here at home while our media praises it."

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Roundtable Guests:

Conner Moore, Host, Politically Homeless Podcast

Sharon Kyle, Publisher, LA Progressive

Matt Savoy, Co-Founder, Free Thought Project