The US Supreme Court, in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v Bruen, ruled that state laws must reflect a Second Amendment protection that allows for individuals to carry guns for personal protection outside of their homes. We explore the impact of the proliferation of weapons in the United States. And we examine the future of gun control legislation in light of the Court’s rejection of state power to restrict gun ownership to private homes and gun clubs, thus, restricting the legislator’s ability to address gun violence. Historically, how have courts and legislators viewed the second amendment to the constitution? [ dur: 58mins. ]
- Robert J. Spitzer is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the State University of New York, College at Cortland. He is the author of the books Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules And Rights, The Politics of Gun Control, and his latest article on the NYSRPA v. Bruen decision, How the Supreme Court rewrote history to justify its flawed gun decision.
- Carl T. Bogus is Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law. He is the editor of The Second Amendment in Law and History: Historians and Constitutional Scholars on the Right to Bear Arms and the author of The Hard, Simple Truth about Gun Control and Gun Control and America’s Cities: Public Policy and Politics.
- David Hemenway is Professor of Health Policy and Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. He is the author of Private Guns Public Health Reducing Firearm Violence and How the US can have guns but fewer gun problems.
This program is produced by Ankine Aghassian, Doug Becker, Mihika Chechi, Melissa Chiprin, and Sudd Dongre.