Oct 18, 2022 • 1HR 16M

Finding Common Ground on Guns, with Anthony Colandro and Kevin Ryan

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Joey Dumont
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“We don’t need weapons of war on our streets.”

“We need to ban assault rifles.” 

“We need universal background checks.” 

“America’s gun culture is killing our children.”

As part of my reporting on the subject of guns in America, I’ve interviewed folks who voiced these above narratives – people who believe that more gun regulations are necessary to combat the violence in our streets, and that we need to legislate a nationwide ban on assault rifles. 

I’ve also talked with folks who believe that “it’s the person behind the weapon, not the weapon itself” that’s the problem. And that banning assault rifles is analogous to outlawing a Corvette to combat drunk driving. 

And both have a point.  

In today’s episode, I sat down with two gun enthusiasts who shared their expertise on the subject of firearms legislation and why attempting to ban assault rifles is not in the best interest of our country. And after hearing them out, I now believe that we’re closer to a remedy than our current cultural and political divide would have us believe.

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Kevin Ryan is the CEO and founder of Motivity Marketing, Inc and a bestselling author. He is known domestically and internationally as an entertaining speaker and informative practitioner in the digital presence trade. His opinions have been published in many prestigious publications such as the New Jersey Star Ledger and Forbes. His clients know him as a problem solver and expert in commerce, brand development and communications. In spite of humble beginnings selling phone book ads after graduating Suma Cum C Average from SUNY (no one cares campus) he has lectured at the likes of Columbia University, and USC Annenberg.

Anthony Colandro is an Executive Board Member of the NRA, Vice President of the Local NRA Chapter in New Jersey, and a Master Trainer Counselor with the NRA (one of only 60 in the Nation). He’s the host of the hit radio show, Gun for Hire Radio – with over one million listeners nationwide – and author of the book, “Crime Proof: Think Like a Criminal and Beat Them at Their Own Game.” In his spare time, he owns and operates the largest gun range in the United States in his home state of New Jersey.

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