The United States has become known worldwide for its high frequency of mass shootings. These are defined as public gun violence which kills four or more victims.
In 2019 at the time of this episode, there have been 248 mass shootings in the nation, the two most recent high profile ones were in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio on August 3.
The aftermath of these shootings has seen a renewed push for legislative gun control across the nation. With 393 million guns in the US civilian population gun control measures have largely been rejected.
With the El Paso shooter motivated by wanting to stop Hispanics entering the United States, that added to other previous racially motivated mass shootings, white supremacist domestic terrorism has been labelled another cause of mass shootings. There has been with demands for a crackdown on those with such “alleged views” and calls for censorship of the internet.
Is the frequency of mass shootings in the United States reaching epidemic levels? What are the real causes? What can practically be done at the legislative to address gun violence?
To find out I speak to a real American and gun owner Michael Jacobsen. He lives in Louisiana and runs the libertarian blog the Uncensored Truth which comments on the real impact of stories in the mainstream media.
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