Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn debated Richard Feldman of the Independent Firearm Owners Association on Britain’s Channel 4 evening news Monday regarding the need for gun control in the wake of the Newtown massacre.
Feldman said the United States is undergoing a “seminal moment” in the debate over gun policies, but he claimed the only issue at hand is “the problem of deranged individuals obtaining guns and causing mayhem.” Corn noted that the problem is much larger and pointed out that gun violence in the United States is unique among industrialized nations. “There is not one other country…that has this sort of problem and this sort of history with gun violence other than the US,” he said. “We do not have a monopoly on deranged individuals. What separates us from other countries is the population of… assault weapons… and the gun lobby doesn’t want to accept that.