Straight Shot: Guns In America

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Summary: [FULL EPISODE] The US has the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world. How did this come to be? Was America’s “gun culture” present from the very beginning? On this episode, the History Guys look at who has had access to guns in the U.S., and what those guns have meant to the people who have owned them. They also consider the importance of guns at the time the Second Amendment was drafted, and explore the central role government has played in the dissemination of firearms to citizens. And they pay a visit to a 21st century version of the armories of the past: a gun show. Visit our site for more in-depth resources about today's topic and background on the people we interviewed: Listen to individual episode segments here: