Dr. James Jacobs discusses the U.S. gun control debate with Zheng Chenguang on ‘People in the Know’

This interview was originally posted by Chinese Radio International (CRI English) on January 11, 2013 under the title, “Global Gun Control.”

In a nation where guns are easily accessible, largescale shooting incidents may seem nearly impossible to prevent. After recent mass shooting incidents in Aurora, Colorado, and Newtown, Connecticut, the topic of gun control is once more at the forefront of the American national dialogue. The right to bear arms is enshrined in the U.S. constitution, and support for gun control has ebbed over the past 20 years due to a variety of complicated factors.

Why is it so difficult to impose stricter gun control in the U.S., and what is the situation in the U.K.? While it may be difficult to limit gun sales and ownership altogether, are there effective measures that can be taken to better scrutinize potential gun owners, thereby preventing future tragedies? Zheng Chenguang of ‘People in the Know’ discusses these questions with Dr. James Jacobs, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts at New York University School of Law, and Director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice. Prof. Peter Squires, Professor of Criminology and Public Policy at University of Brighton, addresses the British perspective on the matter.