Joe Rogan has weighed in on the debate of how to prevent gun violence and mass shootings, warning that confiscating guns is not the answer.
During his Joe Rogan Experience podcast Thursday, Rogan admitted the search for a solution after last week’s Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, is marked with many questions.
"It’s like, how do you stop that? No one knows how to stop that. What is the answer?” Rogan asked. “Is the answer to take everyone’s guns? Well, they’re not gonna give their guns up. Only criminals are gonna have guns. It’s not gonna be a good situation.”
“Is the answer to make schools these armored compounds, where you have armed guards outside of every school?” Rogan continued. “Boy, that’s not something we want either.”
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The podcaster added that confiscating guns from the general public would lead to government tyranny.
“I don't think it's wise to take all the guns away from people and give all the power to the government. We see how they are with an armed populace, they still have a tendency towards totalitarianism,” Rogan said. “And the more increased power and control you have over people, the easier it is for them to do what they do.”
Rogan referenced a 2013 tweet, telling his guest, artificial intelligence podcaster Lex Fridman, that the gun debate is only masking the true problem.
This country has a mental health problem disguised as a gun problem and a tyranny problem disguised as a security problem.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) January 27, 2013
“I wrote this thing once that I said, 'This country has a mental health problem disguised as a gun problem,'” Rogan said. “And that’s what it is.”
“The situation is, should you be able to own a gun to defend yourself if you’re a law-abiding citizen and you know that the police are horribly understaffed and you know that crime and violence are real things?” Rogan asked. “What should we do?”
Fridman agreed that mental health should lead the gun control discussion.
“It’s much more [of a] mental health problem,” Fridman said. “This is a tragedy, but there’s also an element to this that it’s a tragedy the way a hurricane is a tragedy — that there [are] cruel things happen[ing] in this world … and it’s dangerous to generalize from those problems into something like what I hear about there’s a race war or there’s a gun control problem.”
“There’s people sort of leverag[ing] these tragedies to make some kind of political statement,” Fridman added.
Rogan replied, suggesting that the gun control debate should expand to a broader scope of solutions.
“Well, I think also, people try to formulate solutions to problems as if these problems have a limited amount of variables,” Rogan said.
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The Justice Department has opened a critical incident review into law enforcement's response to the Robb Elementary School shooting at the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin.
The review comes after reports indicate a crucial delay before Border Patrol agents took matters into their own hands and killed the 18-year-old gunman who murdered 19 children and two teachers while barricaded in a classroom Tuesday.