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The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis: Ep. 37 - Gun Reform

Time to get back into the game, Extempers! Episode 37 of The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis has arrived! You are at the right place to learn, grab some research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. In this new episode, YuYu and Spencer take on the serious issue of gun reform in America.


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37 | Gun Reform

-----Description of Podcast-----

One thing has been made evident about the events that have unfolded in 2022: there is some need to reform the United States’ gun laws. However, is it possible and do we know a solution yet? In this episode of The Half Hour, YuYu and Spencer determine the potential answer to reforming gun laws.

-----Possible Extemp Questions-----

  1. Should Democrats make gun control the centerpiece of their midterm election campaign?

  2. How will the Uvalde school shooting affect Texas’ gubernatorial race?

-----Sources from this Video-----

  1. The Guardian - I Testified to Congress about the Gun Industry. It Rattled Me to My Core -

  2. Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

  3. Sydney Morning Herald - Freakonomics Co-Author Steven Levitt on why the U.S. will never get Rid of Guns -

  4. Bloomberg - Americans have more Guns than Anywhere Else in the World and They Keep Buying More -

  5. Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-22 - Why Are Handguns So Accessible on Urban Streets? -

  6. Reuters - U.S. House passes, sends to Senate assault-style weapon ban -

  7. Vox News - A huge international study of gun control finds strong evidence that it actually works -

  8. Washington Post - Culture wars could be a winning issue — for Democrats -

  9. New York Times - House Passes Assault Weapons Ban That Is Doomed in Senate -

  10. CBS - Biden signs bipartisan gun control bill into law -

  11. Politico - The Supreme Court knocked back blue states on gun restrictions. They're seeing how far they can step forward -

  12. FiveThirtyEight - What the Supreme Court’s Gun Ruling Means For Gun Control -

-----About The Half Hour-----

The Half Hour is a current events podcast designed with the intention of helping Extemp competitors (and other Speech and Debate members, as well as listening for the general public) understand the importance of political, social, or economical events on a domestic and international scale. As Extemp competitors only have half an hour to prep a speech, the podcast is designed to brief competitors in the same amount of time it would take for them to prep. Each episode looks at both sides of current events while providing background information to help expand upon the issue. The Half Hour also looks into common questions that people may be asked relating to current events and will work to answer them based on credible news sources from both sides.

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-----Credits and Credentials-----

Video/Audio Recording: Zoom Video Communications

Production Recording: OBS Studio

Design Production: Adobe Express

Hosts: YuYu Yuan, Spencer Travis

Produced By: Spencer Travis

Edited By: Joshua Mitchell

Public Relations Specialist: Camila Rivera

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Intro Song: Ghost Dub by Lyle Wiley

Outro Song: Beach Walk by Unicorn Heads

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