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Can anyone avoid the “Spectre of the Gun” these days? It’s definitely a hot topic that often divides our culture.

GJ #513: Spectre of the Gun
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Show Notes:

Can anyone avoid the “Spectre of the Gun” these days? It’s definitely a hot topic that often divides our culture. After a masked gunman shoots up City Hall, Oliver uses all of his resources to track him down, and it turns out it isn’t an evil super villain after all. It is just a guy, whose family was murdered, and he wants the government to pay for their deaths. Even as Team Arrow debates gun rights, Oliver tries to find a way, as Mayor, to stop him before he kills again. Jay and Josh wrestle with the tough issues and hope not to get pinned on this week’s episode of Green Justice: An Arrow Podcast. Listen in and justice will be served…to your MP3 player!

SHOW NOTES – Fact Check on Quotes from Episode

  • “AR-15 is basically an M-16”
  • “AR-15 is most popular gun in America”
    • True according to NRA
    • NRA Blog January 20, 2016
  • “Illegal for someone dishonorably discharged to carry firearm”
    • True – “If someone is dishonorably discharged from the military they are not allowed to own firearms according to US federal law.”
    • Types of Military Discharges Jan 19, 2011
  • “There is no gun ownership database”
    • Misleading – The ATF (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) does have a database, but it is not searchable. “Dealer records are required to be “non-searchable” under federal law. Keyword searches, or sorting by date or any other field, are strictly prohibited.”
    • The ATF’s Nonsensical Non-Searchable Gun Databases, Explained – August 24, 2016
  • “Black men are 3x more likely to killed by a gun than [Rene].”
    • Mostly True – approx 340,000 black men vs approx 170,000 white men
    • Looking at Ages 20-29, the numbers jump to 900,000 vs 200,000 (over 4x)
    • US Gun Death by Race & Gender 2011-2013 – Data from the CDC Injury & Prevention Database
  • Rene says “the Feds had an assault weapon ban and it did nothing”; Curtis started to disagree
    • Debatable – There was an Assault weapons ban from 1994-2004.
    • The Task Force on Community Preventive Services, an independent, non-federal task force, examined an assortment of firearms laws, including the AWB, and found “insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws reviewed for preventing violence”. While other studies say there was some benefit, we are talking 1 or 2 % differences, that are negligible. “The study’s authors said the guns were used criminally with relative rarity before the ban and that its maximum potential effect on gun violence outcomes would be very small.”
    • Effectiveness of Assault Weapon Ban Legislation – from Wikipedia