A Republican state senator who has sponsored bills to ease gun restrictions confronted a tricky room from comic Jon Stewart.
Throughout the newest episode of his AppleTV+
present, “The Downside with Jon Stewart,” the previous “Each day Present” host known as out Oklahoma State Sen. Nathan Dahm and different Republicans for not being extra keen to take legislative motion on gun violence within the midst of ongoing mass shootings in the US.
Particularly, Stewart requested why the federal government received’t create a extra complete gun registry and enact stronger restrictions on gun possession.
Dahm, calling himself a “robust proponent of the Second Modification,” stated specializing in the nation’s “fatherlessness disaster” could be a greater approach to defend People from gun violence. (Many have disputed this connection.)
Stewart, for his half, famous he doesn’t oppose the Second Modification and doesn’t wish to ban weapons. “The registry would can help you have far more efficient background checks,” he stated. “I don’t perceive why you received’t simply admit that you’re making it tougher for police to handle the streets by permitting all of those weapons to exit with out permits, with out checks, and with out background stuff. Why can’t you simply stand by that?”
“As a result of that’s not what I’m doing,” Dahm responded. “I’m defending the person’s proper to maintain and bear arms.”
Regardless of Dahm’s declare of faculty shooters coming from “damaged or fatherless” houses, the National Association of School Psychologists says “there’s NO profile of a pupil who will trigger hurt.”
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“It’s firearms,” Stewart stated of the nation’s main reason behind dying amongst youngsters. “Greater than most cancers, greater than automotive accidents. And what you’re telling me is you don’t thoughts infringing free speech to guard youngsters from this amorphous factor [drag shows] that you simply consider, however relating to youngsters which have died, you don’t give a flying f— to cease that, as a result of that shall not be infringed.”
Beginning in 2017, firearm-related accidents overtook automotive accidents as the highest reason behind injury-related dying for folks ages 1 to 24, in line with a 2022 evaluation of Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention knowledge printed within the New England Journal of Medicine.
In 2020, 4,357 youngsters youthful than 19 have been killed by a firearm, according to KFF, a healthcare assume tank. When mixed with little one firearm deaths in the US’ equally rich and huge peer nations, gun-related little one deaths within the U.S. account for 97% of the entire, KFF discovered.
President Joe Biden final yr signed into regulation the most substantial gun-violence measure in decades, which had earned bipartisan assist from lawmakers after mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, N.Y.
The laws aimed to toughen background checks for the youngest gun consumers, preserve firearms from extra domestic-violence offenders, and assist states set up red-flag legal guidelines that make it simpler for authorities to take weapons from probably harmful folks. Many gun-control advocates, nevertheless, argued the invoice did not go far enough.