Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — “The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” “Outliers,” “What the Dog Saw” and “David and Goliath.” He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces the podcasts “Revisionist History,” which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood, and Broken Record, where he, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam interview musicians across a wide range of genres. Gladwell has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.
The six-part podcast series that features Professor Wallace airs weekly on Gladwell’s “Revisionist History” podcast, starting Thursday, Aug. 31. Professor Wallace is featured in Part 3, entitled “Guns Part 3: A Shooting Lesson,” which airs on Sept. 14. Those who can’t wait can binge listen to all six episodes early and ad-free by subscribing to Pushkin Plus on Apple Podcasts, or by visiting pushkin.fm/plus.
Gladwell, who refers to himself as Pushkin on the podcast, states, “We’re going to the heart of America’s gun violence crisis. Six episodes, some weird, some whimsical, some heartbreaking, some angry, because so much of what Americans tend to believe about guns and assault rifles and mass shootings is actually wrong. We talk about TV westerns, about a crime in a little town in rural Alabama, about the nuttiness of the Supreme Court, about the assassination of Robert Kennedy.”
Professor Wallace was interviewed by Gladwell at the law school, where they discussed the features and operation of “assault weapons,” such as the widely-popular AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Wallace and Gladwell then went to a nearby shooting range so that Gladwell could experience what it is like to actually fire the AR-15. The episode discusses common public misperceptions about “assault weapons” and how bans on such firearms are ineffective.
Professor Wallace teaches constitutional law at Campbell Law School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a nationally-recognized authority on firearms and the Second Amendment and co-author of Nicholas J. Johnson, et al., “Firearms Law and the Second Amendment” (Aspen 3d ed. 2021), a law school textbook and treatise. He has published two law review articles on “assault weapons”—“Assault Weapon” Lethality, 88 Tenn. L. Rev. 1 (2020), and “Assault Weapon” Myths, 43 So. Ill. U. L.J. 193 (2018)—and has co-authored with David B. Kopel two shorter articles on “assault weapons” published by The Volokh Conspiracy, “How Powerful are AR Rifles?” and “AR Rifle Ammunition Is Less Powerful Than Most Other Rifle Ammunition.” He has filed several amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court and various federal appellate courts in cases involving “assault weapon” bans. He has hands-on experience with AR-15s and other firearms as a competitive and recreational shooter.
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