Ken Stern, the former CEO of NPR, acknowledged recently what many of us already know. Gun control is ineffective.
Stern finally realized this after a trek across America for his new book “Republican Like Me: How I left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right.”
During an appearance on “Morning Joe” to promote the book, guest host Willie Guest asked Stern how the trip impacted his stance on the issues.
The former National Public Radio chief mentioned gun control, noting that crime has dropped over the past two decades while gun ownership has spiked.
“The most extraordinary trend in modern American criminal history,” Stern explained. “At the same time, the number of guns have gone up.”
“Those two things aren’t correlated, but it’s clear we know how to drive down gun murders without gun control, and the question is why are we talking about gun control when there’s other things that we’ve been doing for 25 years that actually have reduced murders in this country by an extraordinary amount,” he continued.
Wow. Talk about a major blow to Everytown for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign, and the rest of the gun-grabbers out there. Coming from an NPR alum, that’s gotta hurt.
Stern did hedge his statement a little bit by saying, he’s “still fine” with certain gun control measures even though they’re not going to have a “major effect” on crime.
Glad to see that he’s coming around to the truth. Better late than never, right?
Of course, it would’ve been nice for him to have this awakening when he was the head of the nation’s leading nonprofit news organization. Might’ve had an impact on the way NPR covers the issue.