Gun ownership and homicide rates are higher in the U.S. than in any other developed nation, but gun violence has decreased over the last two decades even as gun ownership has increased. The U.S has changed since the Bill of Rights was introduced, and so have guns. Is the right to bear arms as necessary today as it was in 1789? Intelligence Squared US: “The Constitutional Right to Bear Arms Outlived its Usefulness,” airing on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370, debates this issue.
For the motion is Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Sanford Levinson, Professor of Law and of Government, University of Texas. Against the motion is David Kopel, Research Director, Independence Institute & Associate Policy Analyst, Cato Institute and Eugene Volokh, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law. John Donvan, Author & Correspondent for ABC News, moderates.