Ben Shapiro on Gun Control

Given the breadth of the topic, much less Ben’s litany of opinions on it, it would seem unfair to only have a single article that attempts to fully encompass the views of Ben Shapiro on Gun Control. The issue is not only dynamic and fluid, but also multi faceted and controversial. As such, we’ll try to do our best job to honestly convey his opinion by pulling from multiple sources as well as strongly suggesting that readers avoid definitive opinions before they read his statements in their entire context.

Shapiro, who owns a shotgun, is a second amendment advocate who believes the citizens right to own a gun should not be infringed. Perhaps the most famous interchange Ben Shapiro has had on Gun Control was his famous debate with Piers Morgan in 2013 which, in many ways, is what lead to Shapiro’s explosion on the national (if not international) scene.

Citing David French of the National Review, Shapiro suggests an option “gun-violence restraining orders, or GRVOs. These would allow family members to apply for an order enabling the legal authorities to temporarily remove guns from those who are deemed to be a significant danger to themselves or others. Furthermore, we should ensure more transparency in the background-check system with regard to mental health records, and we should look to ease the regulations on involuntary commitment of the dangerously mentally ill.”

Additionally Shapiro argues that we should aggressively increase security in schools. Shapiro writes “I attended a Jewish high school that was regularly threatened with violence. Every student who attends that school is now checked in by security; the school has barriers on every side; armed security guards attend the campus. The same measures should be available at every public school. Complaints about the so-called school-to-prison pipeline created by the presence of law enforcement at schools seem to be overblown, according to the data — and, more importantly, it’s the school’s job to ensure the safety of students, not to protect students against their own criminal behavior.”

Ben Shapiro on Bumpstock and Assault Rifle Bans

Regarding the often talked about the bump stock ban, Ben wrote on October 3, 2017 that “Bump stocks should be illegal, but we shouldn’t pretend that outlawing them will prevent their easy manufacture and availability.”

This is mostly true as the modification that allows bump stock’s to be so effective (or destructive) could be easily produced at home, with a 3D printer..etc. However that doesn’t mean that banning the product (making it harder to get for the average person) wouldn’t have some incremental value.

On August 5th, 2019 Shapiro was asked (on twitter) about instituting an assault weapons ban to which Shapiro responded:

“The term “assault weapons” has no exact definition, and semi-automatic rifles are not “weapons of war.” They are commonly owned and used by civilians in non-criminal ways throughout the US.”

The Piers Morgan Debate

Among the many viral clips featuring young Ben Shapiro, was perhaps his post-Sandy Hook debate with Piers Morgan. We wrote a full article on the debate where readers can view it, in its entirety, here. In the debate they discuss assault weapon’s bans, background checks and whether it is appropriate to use school shootings as a reason for justifying a political position. 


As always, should we become aware that Ben has changed his opinion or should new evidence be submitted that we have either misconstrued his opinion or failed to include important statements from him, we will 1) make the correction, 2) note the correction here, 3) issue a mea culpa that attempts to explain and improve on how we missed this. 

Ben Shapiro vs Cenk Uygur Full Debate

Click to watch the full debate and recap of the famous Ben Shapiro vs Cenk Uygur debate at Politicon. 

Ben Shapiro on Abortion

For Ben Shapiro, abortion has long been in his crosshairs as a major position of his as a political commentator. A stern opponent of   However, Shapiro’s position is not without nuance.

Sam Harris on Eckhart Tolle

Though the two have never sparred in person, they haven’t be shy about offering an opinion on each other’s work. 

Ben Shapiro on Gay Marriage

Ben Shapiro’s views on Gay Marriage have been fairly consistent in that he opposes the legalization of gay marriage within the larger, libertarian position, that the Government should “not be in the marriage business” at all.


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