On Thursday, Joe Rogan warned against the government taking guns away from the law-abiding citizens, saying that if this became a law, then “only criminals” would have guns, thus leaving everyone else vulnerable.

To discuss this topic, Rogan was joined on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience by AI researcher Lex Fridman.

Joe Rogan and Lex Fridman

Rogan and Fridman discussed the mass shooting at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and condemned gun violence. At the same time, they agreed that the government should be cautious when trying to develop ways of controlling this issue.

“It’s like, how do you stop that? No one knows how to stop that,” said Rogan. “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.

Rogan made it clear that he does not think it’s smart to “take all the guns away from people and give all the power to the government.”

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“We see how they are with an armed populace, they still have a tendency towards totalitarianism.”

“And the more increased power and control you have over people, the easier it is for them to do what they do,” added Rogan. “And it’s a natural inclination, when you’re a person in power, to try to hold more power and acquire more power.”

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In 2013, Rogan expressed the opinion that the U.S. “has a mental health problem disguised as a gun problem and a tyranny problem disguised as a security problem.”

In Thursday’s podcast, he again stressed this viewpoint. The 18-year-old Uvalde shooter appears to have had some mental health issues that went unresolved, including threatening to rape or kidnap teen girls online. He also had an unhealthy relationship with his mother and allegedly was known to commit animal abuse.

Fridman agreed with this hypothesis, saying this was “much more a mental health problem.” He added, “[I]t’s dangerous to generalize from those problems into something like what I hear about ‘there’s a race war or there’s a gun control problem.'”In 2013, Rogan expressed the opinion that the U.S. “has a mental health problem disguised as a gun problem and a tyranny problem disguised as a security problem.”

“Freedoms lost are rarely regained,” said Rogan, and continued to warn about the dangers of leaving unarmed people at “the mercy of a criminal.”

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