Mathews Examines Second Amendment and Need for Gun Control After the Mass Shooting in Connecticut

December 14, 2012

Peter Mathews examines the Second Amendment (“Right to Bear Arms”) basis for gun ownership and gun control in light of the most recent of several mass shootings in the U.S. Mathews examines the U.S. Supreme Court Heller decision (guaranteeing individual gun ownership) and the meaning of the Second Amendment phrase: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, ….”. Professor Mathews also comments on the need for stricter gun control and regulation, including strict background checks, the need to renew the Federal assault weapons ban, and full enforcement of licensing requirements.

Professor Peter Mathews was interviewed by KTLK AM 1150 radio host David Cruz.on this tragic day when 28 children and adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut with an assault weapon.

Mathews is a regular Political Analyst on the David Cruz Show on KTLK AM 1150 radio. Mathews also serves as a Political Analyst of public policy issues, on other radio and television stations.   [Listen]

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About Peter

Peter Mathews has spent 30 years as a College and University Professor educating people. Born into a family of educators, his father was a university professor and clinical psychologist, and his mother, a teacher. At an early age, Mathews learned the value of human dignity and to cherish education. This has molded his beliefs about the role of government in the world today. Peter Mathews is a professor of Political Science at Cypress College, has taught at California State University, Fullerton, and has served as a political analyst on KNBC-TV, CNN radio, KPFK radio, and as a commentator on KNX News Radio and other venues. Having lived, traveled, taught and conducted research in countries such as Britain, France, Denmark, Germany, Canada and elsewhere, Mathews has first-hand knowledge of public policy such as healthcare in these and other societies. As an educator, Peter has seen, first hand, the effects that a lack of funding has had on the education of our children. In many cities that do not have basic necessities such as updated textbooks, computers, adequate number of classrooms, credentialed teachers, and after school arts academic and sports programs. These are tools that will ensure that our children receive the high quality education they deserve. In 1993, Peter founded Rescue Education California to lower college tuitions, restore cut class sections, reduce K-12 class sizes, and rehire teachers and professors that were laid off. Since then, Mathews has authored two major education initiatives. Withe Californians for Smaller Class Sizes, Mathews co-wrote an Initiative Constitutional Amendment to reduce California K-12 class sizes and enhance the quality of education. Mathews and statewide supporters of Rescue Education California have lead several successful attempts to temporarily stabilize skyroketing tuition fees from 1993 to the present. Beginning in the Fall of 2011 Professor Peter Mathews and Medical Doctor Paul Garver became the official proponents of Prop 1522, the Tax Oil to Fund Education Initiative, co-written by Mathews, Garver, Frank Dawoodjee, Brett Covey, Dr. Rodger Scott, Steve Zeltzer and others. As lead proponent of the initiative, Professor Peter Mathews has traveled throughout the State of California, rallying swupport for Prop 1522 on radio, network television and in front of live audiences in the community and on campuses. Peter Mathews moved to Los Angeles County in 1979 and has been a resident and homeowner in Long Beach for 21 years, where he lives with his wife Toya Baker-Mathews and daughter Page.