Connections: "Gunsplaining" and the gun control debate

Mar 19, 2018

How much do you know about guns? Do you feel like you’ve been “gunsplained” before? The concept was recently coined by Adam Weinstein, a veteran and gun owner writing for the Washington Post. He says firearm enthusiasts try to exclude anyone from the gun debate who doesn’t know the intricate details of an AR-15 or an M-16. At the same time, he argues progressives should study up a bit more on guns so as to better understand what they are trying to regulate.

So should gun control advocates learn more about firearms before calling for changes, or does that shut down the debate? Our guests weigh in:

  • Tim Andrews, president of the New York State Chapter of SCOPE
  • Lieutenant Colonel Andrae Evans, U.S. Army Retired, who served 34 years of with the US Army National Guard, US Army Reserve, and Active Duty assignments, and a current weapons owner
  • Gary Pudup, member of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence