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The Roundtable: Beyond Partisan Gun Politics

Partisanship has been stymied meaningful gun policy reform for generations. Is tinkering at the edges enough to address a worsening gun violence epidemic?

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, the panelists discuss what gun control policies could truly reduce mass shootings in the U.S.

Conner Moore, host of the Politically Homeless podcast and himself a gun owner, argues that the current state of political discourse around guns is an obstacle to productive policymaking. “We’re nowhere close to a solution, and I think one of the biggest issues is the kind of rampant partisanship and agenda-pushing from both sides. It keeps us from having productive conversations,” he says.

Moore notes that some of the restrictions that liberals favor would likely have little impact on large-scale shooting incidents.

“There's some gun restrictions that need to be rolled back that just don't make any sense, like the magazine capacity stuff. It’s super easy to get around, and it doesn't slow down criminals at all,” he says. “You can throw a bone to the conservatives there as a negotiation piece, because that's just not something that's going to move the needle when it comes to gun violence one way or the other, but it can create conversation saying that not all guns are created equal.’

Matt Savoy of the Free Thought Project notes the contradictions inherent in the parallel debates about gun control and police reform.

“If if cops kill people, for no reason, oftentimes innocent and unarmed, why should we take guns from law abiding citizens? It gives them to the government, like cops who have shown to be completely irresponsible with these same guns,” he says.

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Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Conner Moore, Host, Politically Homeless Podcast

Sharon Kyle, Publisher, LA Progressive

Matt Savoy, Co-Founder, Free Thought Project