After the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut last year, it seemed inevitable that the United States would adress gun violence with some meaningful policy prescriptions. When that failed to happen, it also seemed inevitable.

In this inaugural TBR Talk presentation, Dr. David Walker, a military historian at Boise State University, former Marine and gun collector, discusses the ways that the national debate over guns and gun control misses the mark. He debunks several of the myths on both sides of the debate, i.e., guns do kill people and the Constitution does protect our right to own guns. And Walker demonstrates the use of historical and contemporary semiautomatic rifles, a category of firearm that the media and Congress often misrepresent.

TBR Editor Nathaniel Hoffman moderates this TBR Talk. Please use the comment space below to discuss other myths and misrepresentations that prevent Americans from having rational discussions about firearms and society.

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The views and opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of Boise State University, the Center for Idaho History and Politics, or the School of Public Service.