Another day. Another mass shooting. While violent crime sits at near all-time lows, several of the worst mass shootings in our nation’s history have happened in the last several years. The recent mass shooting in Parkland, FL served to take the conversation to a new level where hopefully, conservatives and liberals can agree on some gun control reforms. Unfortunately, it won’t be easy. People still want “assault weapons bans” that do not work and “universal background checks” that do not serve a useful purpose. So what to do? National Review writer, attorney and Iraq War veteran David French joins Jay and Amy to talk about some of those solutions that could help and get conservative support.

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  1. Michael Shaw Thatcher
    Michael Shaw Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    When I was a high school student in the mid 1960’s, in Canada mind you, I could have legally purchased without a waiting period or background check – with the exception of the handguns – all the firearms and ammunition that Charles Whitman used on 1 August 1966 in Arlington Texas. The minimum age for purchasing firearms like rifles and shotguns was fourteen years of age. Nowadays in Canada the minimum age is eighteen years and possession of a valid Firearms Acquisition Certificate which is about as tough to get as a drivers licence.

    Methinks the difference between then when mass shootings were virtually unheard of and now when theses atrocities occur every few months is that the modern zeitgeist has no concept of evil. The Parkland High School shooter did not commit these appalling crimes because he was mentally ill but because he is and was evil. The AR15 semiautomatic rifle is just a thing as is an axe, a mixture of kerosine and ammonium nitrate, a motor vehicle or chlorine gas (disturbingly easy to make requiring only two ingredients available at you local supermarket) all potential weapons of mass murder. The means of murder are only limited by the imagination of the evildoer.

    The word religion has become synonymous with superstition to the modern mindset. The origin of the word religion comes from Latin where it meant linking back. Perhaps we could link back to a bygone era when adolescent angst would not be realized in mass murder because then as now any high schooler bent on killing classmates need not go to the trouble and expense of obtaining guns – just pay attention in chemistry class. Certainly firearms are a sufficient but not necessary means of murder for some wretched soul.

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    • February 24, 2018, at 1:36 PM PST
  2. Daniel Brass Coolidge

    This was a good listen. David is a very smart guy and Amy is a big upgrade from the previous co-host.

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    • February 26, 2018, at 10:01 AM PST
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