Joe Rogan was called out after he intervened in the US gun control debate after 19 children and two adults were killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
On Tuesday, May 24, 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos opened fire on Robb Primary School in Uvalde.
Officials said Ramos entered the school with a military-grade arsenal of weapons and up to 660 rounds in high-capacity ammunition magazines before opening fire.
The results showed how the shooter was able to purchase such weapons without alerting law enforcement.
Shortly after the incident, a number of US celebrities reacted to the shooting, and many condemned the government for not enacting stricter gun control laws.
But talk about his The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, Rogan claimed he didn’t think it was “wise to take all the guns away from the people and give all the power to the government.”
The 54-year-old, who spoke to scientist Lex Fridman, asked him: “How do you stop a situation like Texas? “No one knows how to stop this,” he said.
“What’s the answer? Is the answer to take everyone’s guns away? Well, they won’t give up their guns. Only criminals will have guns. It’s not going to be a good situation,” Rogan added, before claiming it’s not a good one Idea of “taking away all guns from the people and giving all power to the government”.
“We see how they deal with an armed population, they still have a tendency towards totalitarianism,” he said. “The more power and control you have over people, the easier it is for them to do what they do.
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“And it’s a natural inclination, when you’re a person in power, to try to have more power and get more power.”
The controversial podcaster’s comments come despite considerable evidence from countries like Australia and Japan that have nearly eliminated gun deaths through tough laws or, in the former, are even paying citizens to sell their guns to the government.
Rogan’s episode received a mixed reaction from fans and commenters, with some calling him “an absolute jerk” for making “illogical arguments” on his podcast that have often come under fire for spreading misinformation on a range of subjects.
Philly Mag Journalist Ernest Owens wrote: “Joe Rogan makes millions of dollars a day when he uses common sense to go in the wrong direction.
“Imagine deliberately choosing illogical arguments that continue to endanger the lives of innocent children. From Covid to gun control, it’s a disgusting way of making a living.”
Podcaster John Melendez said: “As I said before, [Joe Rogan] is an absolute dork. Saying that gun control doesn’t work is as stupid as saying you should take ivermectin instead of getting vaccinated. I have no idea why anyone would listen to this fool.”
Another viewer wrote, “Oh man it’s crazy and shocking that Joe Rogan’s take on gun control is lazy, general, uninformed and probably wrong too.”
The Uvalde attack is the deadliest attack on an elementary school since the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting that killed 20 students and six teachers.
Authorities have not disclosed Ramos’ motivation for the shooting but said the suspect acted alone.
“Texans across the state are mourning the victims of this senseless crime and the community of Uvalde,” Gov. Abbott said in a statement last week.
“Cecilia and I mourn this terrible loss and we call on all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support to all who are suffering.”
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https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/joe-rogan-texas-shooting-gun-control-b2090748.html Joe Rogan branded an “idiot” after claiming it was “smart” to take away from gun owners