The Untold Story of Guns

Friday, December 21, 2012


We’ve become accustomed in the past 20 years to seeing the issue of guns in America broken down into two camps: gun control advocates — led by police chiefs and Sarah Brady — and the all-powerful National Rifle Association. Bob talks to Adam Winkler, author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms In America, who says there was a time, relatively recently, in fact, when the NRA Supported gun control legislation, and the staunchest defenders of so-called "gun rights" were on the radical left. 

Emiliana Torrini - Gun


Adam Winkler

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [7]

Elisa Jed

It isn't just one or the other. There are sometimes varying topics that go into the "other side's boudnaries". Just talking to a personal injury attorney in Olympia Wa, there are so many laws being passed about this very thing.

Aug. 07 2013 11:59 AM
Larry Morris

Thank you for your infomative story on the history of Gun legislation. As an Ardent supporter of the 2nd Ammendment and Gun owenership rights it was a very interesting History lesson.

Please! Please!! PLEASE!! do a story on the Journal News Gun Permit Story and the related blogging responses. Particularly I would like you to challenge the Journal News Group decision to not respond to media requests for further comment. I fond it quite Ironic and cowardly.


Dec. 28 2012 11:11 AM

"The all-powerful NRA..."?

I was just trying to remember when I heard a public radio reference to the "all powerful NEA," or "the all-powerful SEIU, or AFSCME." Those are all top-10 lobbying groups. The NRA isn't even in their league. Personal injury lawyers are a far bigger lobbying enterprise than the NRA, by any measure you'd care to use.

Here is the interesting narrative at work; how media operations like public radio and very particularly On The Media set up the National Rifle Association as a ferociously powerful special interest bogeyman that represents few if any ordinary voters. This week's program was a case study in that narrative.

Dec. 24 2012 09:52 PM
Bill Costley from Santa Clara CA

Securely addicted,

gun-addicts fear

Someone will disarm them,

Someone will assault them,

because they're armed,

calling it Freedom.

(24 DEC 12, Santa Clara CA) v5

Dec. 24 2012 02:27 PM
Stacy Harris from Nashville, TN

Bob Garfield is revealing his own bias, rather than reporting, when he refers to the NRA as "radicalized."

Not that I disagree with Bob. As I interpret the Second Amendment, the "right of the people to keep and bear Arms" is based on "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State."

Since the 21st century equivalent of a well-regulated militia that secures the United States' freedom is endangered only by a lack of funding, something our Founding Fathers could not have foreseen, I believe so long as the Second Amendment is not repealed, that Second Amendment literalists should be on board with the prohibition of citizen ownership of all firearms- except muskets! (Active duty military and law enforcement officers would, of course, be exempt from any laws banning firearms ownership.)

Stacy Harris
Publisher/Executive Editor/Media Critic
Stacy's Music Row Report

Dec. 23 2012 02:51 PM
John Karabaic

Well, there ypu go again. DOn't know about your assertions about Williams, but you have many inaccuracies in F&F. Therewere no "releases" of guns. The contempt citation was political payback to the NRA, and was leveled for assertion of executive privilege which is quite routine and was used by Nixon, Reagan and both Bushes for similar matters.

And what "trillions" do you speak of? I'm familiar with the borrowing we've had to do to pay for the

Dec. 22 2012 12:06 PM

Actually it was Robert F. Williams who was an early inspiration for radical left militants when it came to Second Amendment rights long before the menacing publicity stunt in Sacramento in 1967. Williams was a fierce proponent of gun rights and civil rights while in exile in the dictatorships of Cuba and China which respected neither of those liberties.
Both nations in the 1960's were violently disarming their citizens while welcoming Williams, who like the Panthers were not particularly perturbed by that pronounced political paradox. They sold Mao's Little Red Book to the starry-eyed students of Berkeley to buy weapons while quoting their rights under the U.S. Constitution to the police.

The author is apt at political labeling except when discussing Reconstruction where Republicans demanded equal rights for freedmen to defend themselves while the Democratic Party sought to disarm and oppress them.
Perhaps if that early Democratic Party success at gun control failed in the South the ferocious history of terrorism during segregation may have been different.

Of course one need only to go back months and not decades to reveal a remarkable political shift concerning gun policy involving not the NRA or Reagan but our current President which goes unmentioned. The Fast & Furious program released untraceable weapons across the Mexican border causing massive carnage while the administration asserted executive privilege to discourage dutiful investigation of the AG who was held in contempt of Congress. Today they now pose as champions of gun control with nary a mention of that very "recent history which somehow escapes" the media during this latest debate.

Even "radicalized" NRA members with their "vast war chest" spending are not required to swear an oath on the Bible to defend the Second Amendment as many progressive politicians will do with questionable good faith as they seek to borrow trillions for their spending for political and cultural effect.

Dec. 22 2012 10:07 AM

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