In a recent episode of his popular podcast, Joe Rogan weighed in on the tragic mass shooting that took place in Uvalde, Texas, adding himself to a growing list of people who agree that banning guns is not the solution to the problem.
During episode 1824 of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” featuring scientist Lex Fridman, the popular podcast host doubled down on a position that he has held for almost a decade.
Rogan — who is far from a conservative — has long maintained the opinion that mental health is actually the culprit behind these mass shooting events, which is a position that many conservatives hold today. The podcast host also holds the belief that taking guns away from law-abiding Americans will only give the government more power.
In January of 2013, Rogan tweeted: “This country has a mental health problem disguised as a gun problem and a tyranny problem disguised as a security problem.”
Clearly, the podcast host’s opinion has not changed, as his comments following the Uvalde shooting followed similar logic.
“It’s like, how do you stop that?” Rogan asked. “No one knows how to stop that. What is the answer? Is the answer to take everyone’s guns? Well, they’re not gonna give their guns up. Only criminals are gonna have guns. It’s not gonna be a good situation.”
“Is the answer to make schools these armored compounds, where you have armed guards outside of every school? … Boy, that’s not something we want either,” he added.
Unfortunately, the idea of posting armed guards outside of every school, along with another response that conservatives have presented — securing schools so that they only have one point of entry — are the only feasible solutions that are being presented at the moment. While fixing the mental health crisis is definitely the answer, it isn’t something that can be done overnight.