The gun solution we're not talking about

Universal background checks won’t fix America’s gun crisis. But there’s something else that might.

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It seems like after every mass shooting, politicians talk about expanding background checks for gun buyers. But background checks don’t actually do a great job of keeping dangerous people from getting guns. What does? A licensing system, where before you can buy a gun, you need a license from the state.

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35 thoughts on “The gun solution we're not talking about”

  1. Mr.Avid Outdoorsman says:

    Who are y'all to judge anyone??

  2. Mr.Avid Outdoorsman says:

    Lol!!! At their comment ask all Americans 77 percent. What a crock, i know many people y'all didn't ask for a vote on that. So how can you even begin to state a number like that.!!

  3. Neeraj Kumar says:

    If they ban guns all of this will be stopped by a lot.

  4. Marcus Ho says:

    Banning guns is like the alcohol prohibition. The more you try to ban it, the more people are going to find a way to get around it.

  5. Vikash Negi says:

    But why do we need a gun in the first place…

  6. Rick Smith says:


    A license to own a gun!? Really? A privilege requires a license. No one has the right the drive. A mandatory license to own a gun infringes upon the right to bear arms. A license relegates the second amendment to a privilege.

  7. Evert Isak Julius says:

    Wait til they find out about people buying guns illegaly.

  8. sai harshith kotla says:

    in my country after getting license also you will have restrictions like your license will not be valid to all type of guns , common public have limited options to buy , you will be restricted on number of bullet you can have and you need to pay taxes to legally own a gun as common man

  9. Garrett Guerra says:

    "Bob" spreads misinformation and lies to push his own anti gun rhetoric

  10. Autumn Spring says:

    Fact check: You DO have to do a background check to buy a gun at gun shows.

  11. sic Dasha says:

    Criminals won't follow the gun law

  12. Ryan L says:

    So the first guy gets denied, and then he simply gets an ID from another guy with no criminal record who looks somewhat like him, and goes back and buys the gun under the other guy's name.

  13. the civilian says:

    These people are rediculous. This think tank of aristocrats, who are so far removed from the way life works for the rest of us, making decisions base upon statistics along with their 'perception' of how they think things should be. I'm not waiting weeks for someone to approve my sanity when I have done absolutely nothing wrong simply because your afraid. Police are defended, people are out of work and desperate due to covid, and lunatics are surfacing like sharks taking advantage of all of this…and yet you still want to hinder us law abiding citizens who are the 'ideals' of what an American is. If you can't understand me then you are not fit to lead me.

  14. Skee Waux says:

    People forgot the definition of shall not infringe….

  15. Sa Mac says:

    Dont start off with a lie 91% agree? No. Of the representatives, there was nearly a 50/50. Be honest, of those selectively polled…
    Universal backgrounds checks do not guarantee anything accept a new fee for the government, longer wait times, yada yada.

    Good people with firearms are the ONLY way to prevent a mass shooting.

  16. Uncle Garfunkal says:

    Pretty sure theres a 7 day waiting period after filling out the background check… As a gun owner ive gone through this process.

  17. pie man pie says:

    what is stopping people from buying there buns out the back of a gun

  18. Avery Bullock says:

    Licensing will stop minorities and other poverty stricken people from getting legal guns. Which will lead to more criminal convictions for minorities and those in poverty who need a gun to protect themselves from the neighborhoods they live in. This is a “solution” that will exacerbate the issues affecting minorities and the poor.

  19. Gareth Buckeridge says:

    There is no gun culture here in the UK and only police officers with a special licence may carry one and then only under certain circumstances.

  20. Anders Malmgren says:

    Meanwhile in sweden, it takes 14 months to get a handgun license 🙂

  21. Nikola Jokic says:

    Look at Iceland, 1 in 3 people own a gun but gun crime almost never happens there. We should make everyone go through a long and thorough process to get a gun, it's more than worth it if it means saving so many innocent lives.

  22. I Hate Unicorns says:

    As a UK citizen, I find this all very weird. There's no way for regular people to own guns and it not be dangerous. There is one straight-forward, reliable to solution to this, but America just refuses to do it. It's so obvious I don't even need to say what it is. You know what it is. It's a simple, binary choice: take the solution or accept the consequences of people having guns. America has chosen the latter.

  23. The Legend 27 says:

    Watching Vox is like watching a presentation from a mentally challenged six grader that forgot the project was due today

  24. Gary Bobst says:

    Let's make sure all the Black Market gun dealers do background checks.

  25. Reapy says:

    So a license will solve the gun problem ? Surprise, surprise, like it hasnt done that for half a century in half of europe.

  26. Hat Totem Inc. says:

    0:25, if im not mistaken those are muskets in the background, what shop yall buying from?

  27. Angel Floress says:

    Again, big government= big problems

  28. Josh Pace says:

    Simple solution!

  29. Jerry Pelletier says:

    I own 72 firearm's and have had a background check for each one.

  30. Jerry Pelletier says:

    Who is to say which person is a bad person and who is a so-called good person!!

  31. Jerry Pelletier says:

    Unreal….To much misinformation on this video!!

  32. TempArtz says:

    We have many of this 'wait 3 Weeks or more' systems in germany xD

  33. tarshinator says:

    Give the left something and give the right something. Gun owners need to get a gun license to buy a gun. Voters need to have ID to vote. Both sides are happy this way

  34. Chris Chris says:

    You don't need a license for any human right.

  35. majoman says:

    Americans be like: “If guns become illegal the dangerous people that really want them will still get them. So just put in a background check so the dangerous people cant get them.”

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