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Podcast: The Orlando shooting and the Constitution

June 23, 2016 by NCC Staff


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Around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, gunshots were fired at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. By midday, 50 people were dead, including the alleged shooter, and 53 others were wounded.

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were quick to respond to the incident. Clinton reaffirmed her desire for a national ban on assault weapons, while Trump again called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S. Both candidates have also expressed support for a so-called “no buy” list, by which suspected terrorists would be prohibited from buying a gun.

Joining We the People to explain how the Constitution weighs on this important conversation are two of the nation’s leading constitutional experts and returning friends of the show.

Adam Winkler is a professor of law at the UCLA School of Law, where he specializes in constitutional law. Adam worked with Nelson Lund of George Mason University School of Law to write about the Second Amendment for the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution.Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. Ilya is also a member of the Center’s Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board, which oversees the Interactive Constitution.Download this episode (right click and save)

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