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Joe Rogan on Gun Control: ‘Only Criminals Are Gonna Have Them’

Joe Rogan took to his podcast to weigh in on some proposed measures to curb America’s gun violence epidemic, and he is not a fan.

“It’s like, how do you stop that?” he said of America’s mass shootings. “No one knows how to stop that.”

Rogan mused in his Thursday interview with scientist Lex Fridman about proposals to ban certain types of firearms in the U.S., speculating that such moves wouldn’t work. “What is the answer? Is the answer to take everyone’s guns?” he asked. “Well, they’re not gonna give their guns up. Only criminals are gonna have guns. It’s not gonna be a good situation.”

Rogan did not address the fact that, in fact, most developed nations have figured out how to sharply curb gun violence, as the U.S.’s rate of mass shootings far outpaces similar countries. But Rogan was skeptical of any idea that “take all the guns away from people and give all the power to the government.”

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“We see how they are with an armed populace, they still have a tendency towards totalitarianism,” he said. “And the more increased power and control you have over people, the easier it is for them to do what they do. And it’s a natural inclination, when you’re a person in power, to try to hold more power and acquire more power.”

Rogan’s comments come on the heels of a devastating shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 students and two teachers in Robb Elementary. That shooting came about ten days after a racist mass shooting in Buffalo, New York killed ten people.

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