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Eclecticist: Gun Ownership

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Introduction

Topic Overview

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Broadcast: 2nd October, 2013

Last update: 2nd October, 2013

Introduction

Topic Overview

Gun control is a vital component of any society that values the rule of law however, the availability of weapons and the freedom to defend oneself and one's property using firearms could be equally vital. Is it possible to maintain a safe and just society with free and easy access to ballistic weaponry? Should gun possession be criminalised and wielded only by democratic governments? In this show, we will discuss the polarising dilemma of gun ownership.

Off Topic

(What we’re not talking about.)

Talking Points

Wrap Up

Show Notes

That ‘Gonzo’ journalist was of course, Hunter S. Thompson.

Gun homicides and gun ownership listed by country (Guardian) http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/jul/22/gun-homicides-ownership-world-list#data (Spreadsheet) Top three by number of known civilian firearms:

  1. United States: 270M
  2. India: 46M
  3. China: 40M

‘Homoerotic Overtones Enliven NRA Meeting’, Onion sketch: http://www.theonion.com/articles/homoerotic-overtones-enliven-nra-meeting,544/

Metal Storm (not rain), a defence company http://www.metalstorm.com/IRM/content/home.html 

Video of a 1M round per minute Metal Storm gun in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKlnMwuCZso

3D printed gun documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DconsfGsXyA

3D printers at Maplin http://www.maplin.co.uk/3d-printer