Gun control and a changing America

In this first Battle of Ideas taster, a panel discusses the phenomenon of seemingly random acts of violence in the US.

In recent years, there have been several seemingly random acts of violence committed by young males in the US – shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Sandy Hook, Connecticut, and the bombing at the Boston Marathon. There has been heated discussion about how these acts should be interpreted. What these acts have in common is seemingly nihilistic and motiveless violence.

What should be done to stop such attacks? Gun control may be popular in the UK, but in America it is a different story.

This debate, arranged by the New York Salon and filmed by WORLDbytes volunteers at the Battle of Ideas festival in October 2013, goes beyond the normal rhetoric. In this taster clip, the panel of speakers - including spiked writers Kevin Yuill and Nancy McDermott - explain why they support the second amendment of the US Constitution and the freedom to bear arms.

View the full debate here.

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