As the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, reignites the debate on guns,we update the “Gun Rights and Gun Control” episode of Truth Politics and Power, produced after a gunman murdered dozens in Las Vegas last fall. Host Neal Conan delves into the history of the debate between gun rights and gun control with UCLA constitutional law specialist Adam Winkler, author of “Gun Fight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America.” The Founding Fathers required every adult white male to own a musket, and bring it to musters where it was inspected and registered. On the next Truth Politics and Power, how aduty for community self defense evolved into an individual right to bear arms and how the laws changed with both weapons technology and the rise of the National Rifle Association. Plus a conversation on restrictions on research into guns and gun deaths.
Adam Winkler is a professor of constitutional law at the UCLA School of Law. He is the author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America.His forthcoming book, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, is due to be published in February 2018.
Dr. Frederick P. Rivara is a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and holds the Children’s Hospital Guild Association Endowed Chair in Pediatric Health Outcomes Research at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Rivara is an expert in injury control and and was founding president of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention. He has long-studied studied gun ownership and gun violence.