Myth Of The 20th Century – Episode 11: American Gun Culture

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Adam Smith, Hank Oslo, and Alex Nicholson


If you’re like most Americans, you’ve grown up on a combination of Hollywood movies and public education, which, to varying degrees of surreality, depict guns as either cartoonish props used by heroes and villains, or weapons of war abstracted away by the faceless masses of soldiers of allied and enemy nations. The truth – whether it be in the criminal deciding to commit armed robbery on your home – or a single mother trying to defend her home from a break-in – lies somewhere in between. To the politician, the truth does not matter – but to the average citizen – it very much does. Today we attempt to dispel some of the myth inherent in American gun culture, and ask questions about the future direction of our relationship with the 2nd amendment and each other.


1903- Civilian Marksmanship Program introduced
1930-39- Great Depression, rise in gangsterism and violence partly as a result of Prohibition, the Great Depression
1934- National Firearms Act passes
1941-45- World War II ~25% of US men in military at various points
1960-79- large scale civil disturbances, riots, Vietnam War, Black Nationalism, etc.
1976- Kurt Saxon, Jeff Cooper popularize “survivalism”
1977- NRA “hardliners” come to power
1980s- cocaine trade in South Florida fuels violence, rise of the action movie
1984-92- crack wars
1988-92- George HW Bush signs a series of import bans
1989- fall of Soviet Union creates large military hardware surplus
1992- LA riots, Ruby Ridge
1993- Waco, Brady Bill
1994-2004 Assault Weapons Ban
1995- Oklahoma City bombing
2008-2016- Giffords, Aurora, Sandy Hook incidents, fear of Obama gun bans sparks panic buying


– The Gun Control Debate: A Culture-Theory Manifesto, Kahn (2003) –
– Scots-Irish Project: The Roots of America’s Gun Culture, Wallace (2013) –
– How Many Guns Are There in America?, Weingarten (2015) –
– Why Gun Control Can’t Be Solved in the USA, Adams (2016) –
– Gun inequality: US study charts rise of hardcore super owners, Beckett (2016) –

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  1. I used to be a one of each guy, but then I lost them all in a boating accident.

    1. Happens to the best of us.

  2. William Middleton March 25, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Great job guys! In the light of recent events re healthcare, I’d be curious to hear a podcast on the history of healthcare in America. Also, I’d love a podcast on the growth of the administrative state in America and how big it has truly gotten. Just throwing out some ideas. Thanks again!

  3. The Left’s attack on gun ownership is consistent with their moral egoism.


  4. On the healthcare end, many fights about “asking about gun ownership” are going on. More fights about federal funding of “gun research.” These things would all be more palatable if we didn’t live in such a pozzed world. What data found is going to be twisted beyond reason. It’s just like that stupid study that “female doctors’ patients have lower mortality rates,” which took quite a bit of twisting and specialty limiting to generate like a 1% difference.

    1. This is a major concern. The anti-gun lobby has been aggressive in rebranding as “gun safety”, with “It’s a public health issue!” as the slogan of choice. They attempt to take advantage of the quasi moral authority of the medical sector on the one hand (the AMA and doctors in general are still among the most trusted institutions in the USA), and on the other the left’s ability to take over such institutions and make them into leftist proxies.

  5. The Last American March 28, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Just wanted to drop by and say that this is my favorite serious-toned podcast, along with Rebel Yell. Heard about you on The Fatherland and have been binging episodes on my commute ever since. Love the methodic approach you take to each episode, and I love that you maintain a “balanced” tone by leaving a lot implied. Some of this stuff is almost normie-friendly despite being packed full of redpills.

    1. If you’re the last American I’m second-to-last. Thanks for listening and we all appreciate the TRS bros as well – they led the way and we hope to keep up the effort.

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