Texas Gun Training Bill & Free Shotgun Experiment

  • Aired:  03/04/13
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Representative Dan Flynn wants to trim gun training hours from 10 to four, and grad student Kyle Coplen concocts a social experiment with more guns. (5:15)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

FOLKS, IT'S NO WONDER OBAMA DOESN'T HAVE TIME TO BOTHER WITH THE SEQUESTER BECAUSE HE'S TOO

BUSY GRABBING OUR GUNS.

WELL, THAT PLAN HAS BACKFIRED.

>> GUN SALES HAVE ABSOLUTELY EXPLODED.

>> SALES OF HIGH-CAPACITY AMMUNITION MAGAZINES ARE SAID TO BE SOARING.

>> GUN SALES HAVE SPIKED AROUND THE COUNTRY LEAVING EMPTY SHELVES AT SOME GUN SHOPS.

>> Stephen: YES, THIS GUN RUSH IS THE KIND OF SHOPPING FRENZY YOU NORMALLY SEE ON BLACK

FRIDAY, ONLY LESS DANGEROUS.

[LAUGHTER]

IN TEXAS, THEY'VE SOLD SO MANY GUNS THAT DEMAND FOR CONCEALED WEAPON PERMITS HAS SKYROCKETED.

BUT DON'T WORRY, THE STATE HAS A PLAN.

>> THE RUSH IS ON AT THE STATE CAPITAL TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF REQUIRED TRAINING HOURS IN TEXAS

FROM 10 TO 4.

LEADING THE CHARGE STATE REPRESENATIVE DAN FLYNN.

FLYNN SAYS HE WANTS TO TRIM THE AMOUNT OF TRAINING HOURS FROM 10 TO 4 IN ORDER TO ELIMINATE MUCH

OF THE HASSLE AND WASTE.

>> YOU SPEND A LOT OF TIME TAKING BREAKS.

YOU SPEND A LOT OF TIME HEARING STORIES.

>> Stephen: EXACTLY, WHY WASTE TIME LISTENING TO DUMB STORIES ABOUT HOW SO AND SO DIDN'T PAY

ATTENTION IN CLASS.

WHO CARES?

HE'S DEAD NOW.

[LAUGHTER]

BECAUSE REPRESENTATIVE FLYNN KNOWS HOW VALUABLE HIS CONSTITUENTS' TIME IS.

>> A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO TRY TO GET THEIR LICENSE THEY HAVE TO TAKE A DAY OFF OF WORK, OR THEY

HAVE TO TAKE A WHOLE SATURDAY TO GO DO THIS.

>> Stephen: YES, YOU CAN'T ASK PEOPLE TO DEVOTE A WHOLE SATURDAY TO LEARNING HOW TO

OPERATE A DEADLY WEAPON.

[LAUGHTER]

THAT'S TIME THEY COULD BE SPENDING ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTING THEIR FAMILY.

[LAUGHTER]

OF COURSE, THE GUN-HATERS OUT THERE DON'T AGREE THAT THE MORE GUNS WE HAVE THE SAFER WE'LL BE.

THEY HAVE THIS CRAZY THEORY THAT IF THERE ARE FEWER GUNS, FEWER PEOPLE WILL BE SHOT.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT THEY HAVE NO EVIDENCE, OTHER THAN A HARVARD STUDY FROM THE 1990s COMPILING DATA FROM 26

DEVELOPED COUNTRIES WHICH FOUND THAT "WHERE GUNS ARE MORE AVAILABLE, THERE ARE MORE

HOMICIDES." COME ON, THAT WAS THE '90s.

[LAUGHTER]

I'M SUPPOSED TO LISTEN TO SOME SCIENTIST WITH A RACHEL HAIRCUT?

[LAUGHTER]

LUCKILY, ONE MAN IS OUT TO PROVE, ONCE AND FOR ALL, THAT GUNS MAKE US SAFER.

KYLE COPLEN, A GRADUATE STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON IS CONDUCTING AN EXPERIMENT WHICH

WILL DEFINITIVELY SETTLE THIS DEBATE.

>> A SOCIAL EXPERIMENT UB LIKE ANY OTHER.

GIVING AWAY GUNS IN HIGH CRIME AREAS IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE CRIMES.

>> FOR ABOUT A MONTH NOW COPLEN'S BEEN ON A MISSION.

>> WE'RE LOOKING AT DETERRING CRIME BY EMPOWERING CITIZENS BY OFFERING UP FREE 20-GAUGE SHOTGUNS.

HE SAYS HE WANTS TO GIVE AWAY SHOTGUNS TO TEST WHETHER IT HELPS REDUCE CRIME.

>> Stephen: THE ORIGINAL PLAN WAS TO GIVE OUT BATMAN COSTUMES,

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

BUT IN TEXAS, COPYRIGHT LAWS ARE MUCH STRICTER THAN GUN LAWS.

[LAUGHTER]

NOW, SOME HAVE QUESTIONED HOW COPLEN FEELS TESTING OUT HIS PRO-GUN THEORY SO SOON AFTER THE

UNIMAGINABLE TRAGEDY OF NEWTOWN.

>> MAKES ME FEEL GREAT.

I GET UP EVERY MORNING WITH A PEP IN MY STEP, GIVING OUT GUNS.

LIVING THE DREAM.

IT'S NOT LIKE WE'RE GIVING OUT CIGARETTES OR ALCOHOL, WE'RE GIVING OUT GUNS.

I DON'T SEE WHAT THE BIG DEAL IS.

>> Stephen: YEAH, HE'S NOT GIVING OUT CIGARETTES OR ALCOHOL.

ONCE YOU HAVE THE GUN, YOU CAN GET THOSE FOR FREE!

[LAUGHTER]

BUT SADLY, THIS EXPERIMENT DOES HAVE ONE FLAW.

HE'S GIVEN PEOPLE GUNS ONLY AFTER THEY PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK AND COMPLETE A SAFETY AND

TACTICAL COURSE.

>> Stephen: BACKGROUND CHECK?

SAFETY COURSE?

THAT COULD TAKE UP A WHOLE SATURDAY.

[LAUGHTER]

BESIDES, IF HE REALLY WANTS TO TEST THE IMPACT OF GUNS ON CRIME, IT'S GOTTA BE A BIGGER STUDY.

FIRST OF ALL, YOU'RE GONNA NEED A CONTROL GROUP WHO ARE GIVEN PLACEBO GUNS.

[LAUGHTER]

THEY LOOK IDENTICAL TO REAL GUNS, BUT SHOOT SUGAR BULLETS, SO THEY DON'T KILL ANYONE.

THEY JUST GIVE YOU TYPE 2 DIABETES.

[LAUGHTER]

THEN, CREATE ANOTHER NEIGHBORHOOD THAT'S NOTHING BUT GUNS.

I'M TALKING CHOCK-FULL O' GLOCK.

[LAUGHTER]

GUNS SLIPPED UNDER DOORS LIKE THAI DELIVERY MENUS AND EVERY STORE HAS A "TAKE A GUN LEAVE A

GUN" TRAY.

[LAUGHTER]

THEN, IF GUN DEATHS GO DOWN, WE'LL KNOW DEFINITIVELY IF MORE GUNS REALLY MAKE US SAFER, AND

EVERYBODY GETS TO KEEP THEIR GUNS.

AND IF GUN DEATHS SKYROCKET, THEN EVERYBODY STILL KEEPS THEIR GUNS.

'CAUSE WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO, TAKE THEM AWAY?

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