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The Ben Shapiro Show / Ep. 1838 – No, I Won’t Give Up My AR15 | The Ben Shapiro Show

Ep. 1838 – No, I Won’t Give Up My AR-15 | The Ben Shapiro Show

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In this episode of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” Ben discusses the ongoing debate surrounding gun control in the United States. He explores the arguments made by both gun control advocates and gun rights advocates, highlighting the statistics and evidence surrounding mass shootings and firearm homicides. Ben also delves into the rising anti-Semitic incidents and the need for self-defense among Jewish communities. Additionally, he covers the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, as well as the Biden administration’s response to Iran’s aggression. Lastly, Ben touches on various other topics, including immigration policies and the state of the economy.

Main Takeaways

Gun Control Debate

  • Gun control advocates blame the weapon carried by the shooter in the Lewis shooting, an AR-15 with a high-capacity magazine, and argue that gun laws are too loose.
  • Gun rights advocates argue that the shooter was mentally ill and had alarm people around him, and that the arguments for and against gun control aren’t generally about the efficacy of any particular policy when it comes to mass shootings.
  • Mass shootings are statistical outliers, and the vast majority of homicides involving firearms in the US are committed with handguns, not long guns.
  • Arguments for gun control tend to centralize around the argument that no one “needs” an AR-15 or any gun for that matter.
  • President Biden argues that the only rationale for allowing semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is profit for the gun manufacturing, and that people should get a double barrel shotgun instead of an AR-15 to protect themselves.

Rising Anti-Semitism

  • Jews in Israel and the US are seeking to arm themselves for protection against rising anti-Semitic incidents.
  • Anti-Semitic incidents have increased by 388% year-over-year, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
  • Blanket weapons bans are not the answer to preventing violence, and owning a weapon is the only protection against evil people.

Media and Mass Shootings

  • Media often ignore red flags in mass shootings and push for blanket gun control measures.
  • Trusting the government to protect citizens through blanket gun control measures is not a viable solution.
  • Good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns, and it is important for law-abiding citizens to have means of self-defense.
  • Mass shootings often involve red flags that should have prevented the shooter from obtaining a gun, indicating a lack of belief in the social fabric to report and address these concerns.

Israel-Hamas Conflict

  • Violence broke out at Tulane University in New Orleans when someone dressed up like a terrorist and tried to burn an Israeli flag.
  • Massive marches in favor of Hamas are happening all over the United States.
  • Harvard has created a task force to support students who signed a statement in favor of Hamas.
  • Sitting members of Congress with links to Hamas continue to defend their radical Jew hatred, such as Rashida Tlaib who was hit with a censor resolution.

Iran’s Aggression

  • The Biden administration allowed the Iranian foreign minister to arrive on American shores and threaten the United States from the United Nations.
  • Iran’s foreign minister warned that if Israel goes into the Gaza Strip, the fire will spread.
  • Iran has been targeting Americans throughout the Middle East through proxy groups, with double-digit strikes on American facilities in the past few weeks.
  • The US carried out airstrikes targeting two facilities linked to Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria, using precision-guided munitions.

Economy and Immigration

  • Joe Biden’s approval ratings are down at 37%, 59% disapproval, even among Democrats approval numbers are down 11% month over month.
  • The economy had 5% GDP growth last quarter, but the key driver of normal economic growth is flat and real disposable income fell.
  • Failed immigration policies are driving blue state mayors to adopt right-wing policies.
  • Mayor Eric Adams is flying migrants to their destination of choice, warning those who stay in New York may be in for a winter of sleeping outside.


The Gun Control Debate and Rising Anti-Semitism

Gun control advocates argue that stricter laws are necessary to prevent mass shootings, focusing on the use of AR-15 rifles. However, gun rights advocates highlight that mass shootings are statistically rare and that the majority of firearm homicides involve handguns. The debate often centers around the perceived “need” for certain firearms. Meanwhile, rising anti-Semitic incidents have led Jewish communities in Israel and the US to seek self-defense measures, as blanket weapons bans are seen as insufficient.

The Media, Mass Shootings, and Israel-Hamas Conflict

The media’s coverage of mass shootings often ignores red flags and promotes blanket gun control measures, while disregarding the importance of self-defense for law-abiding citizens. The recent conflict between Israel and Hamas has seen an increase in anti-Israel sentiment, with protests and support for Hamas occurring in the United States. Some sitting members of Congress with alleged ties to Hamas have faced criticism, while universities like Harvard have shown support for students who favor Hamas.

Iran’s Aggression and the Economy

The Biden administration’s approach to Iran has faced criticism, as the Iranian foreign minister was allowed to make threatening statements on American soil. Iran has been targeting Americans through proxy groups, leading to airstrikes by the US. In terms of the economy, Joe Biden’s approval ratings have declined, and while there has been GDP growth, real disposable income has fallen. Additionally, failed immigration policies have prompted blue state mayors to adopt stricter measures, such as flying migrants to other destinations.


The gun control debate, rising anti-Semitism, international conflicts, and economic challenges are all complex issues that require careful consideration and evidence-based solutions. Ben Shapiro provides insights and analysis on these topics, encouraging listeners to engage in informed discussions and challenge emotional responses. By examining different perspectives and understanding the underlying factors, we can work towards creating a safer and more prosperous society.

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