It seems that every week there’s another spate of shootings in America that makes headlines. How did things get so bad? Why can’t we stop the violence? We talk to two gun specialists about the history of guns in the U.S., how many criminals get their hands on guns and hear a few suggestions on how to strengthen gun laws to promote safety and still guarantee American gun owners’ constitutional rights.
Synopsis: When Congress debates a constitutional point, or when the Supreme Court is considering a case brought before it, we often hear the question, “what did the framers intend?” How does anyone really know what people, who debated issues more than 200 years ago, really intended? We talk to two constitutional specialists about the issue, and hear how some Supreme Court justices approached an issue that is once again in the news.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Jeffrey M. Shaman, Vincent DePaul Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL; Ray Raphael, Sr. Research Fellow, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, author of Constitutional Myths: What we get wrong and how to get it right.