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The Gun Control Debate From The Early Days Of The Republic08:31Download

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After the Las Vegas massacre, there have been renewed calls for gun control. But the larger debate over gun control has a long history in the U.S., and it includes the Colonial fears of centralized government, as well as continued efforts to keep guns out of the hands of African Americans.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson learns more from historians Brian Balogh (@historyfellow) and Nathan Connolly (@ndbconnolly), co-hosts of the podcast BackStory, which is produced at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

This segment aired on October 12, 2017.

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