The Congressman Who Walked Out of the House's Moment of Silence Today
We begin with President Trump’s remarks in response to the latest mass shooting at a Texas church where he blamed the problem on mental health, not access to military-style assault rifles, and rejected the idea of improving background checks when clearly the Texas shooter would have failed a background check had the Air Force not screwed up and passed on the shooter’s criminal record of domestic abuse into the FBI’s database. Congressman Ted Lieu joins us first. He currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee and today walked out of the moment of silence on the House floor to protest inaction on a universal background check law and a ban on assault rifles and on bump-fire stocks.
Trump's NRA Talking Points
Then Paul Helmke, a professor in the School of Public and Environmental Health at Indiana University who was formerly the President of the Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence, joins us to refute Trump’s NRA talking points, in particular his claim that Chicago has the strongest gun laws in the country yet is a disaster when in fact it was the NRA who weakened Chicago’s gun laws. Furthermore the guns used in crimes in Chicago almost all come from Indiana next door where gun laws are weak and straw purchases are commonplace.
Oil-Rich Venezuela Teeters on Default
Then we look into the impeding default by oil-rich Venezuela following last Thursday’s announcement by President Maduro that the country he has brought to its knees with a combination of corruption, mismanagement and mindless ideology, can no longer pay its debts. The founding Director at the Center For Energy and the Environment at IESA in Venezuela, Francisco Monaldi, now a fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies in the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative as well as a lecturer in Energy Economics at Rice University, joins us to discuss how Maduro has mortgaged bankrupt Venezuela’s $15 trillion in oil wealth first to China and now to Russia and how much Trump’s threat of an invasion has helped Maduro cling on to power.
Election Results in the Bellweather Virginia Governor's Race
Then finally, as results come in on the critical bellwether race for governor in Virginia, we will speak with Quentin Kidd, Professor of Political Science at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. We will discuss the ruthless and shameless campaign that the Republican Gillespie has run and the feckless campaign the conservative Democrat who voted for George W Bush in 2000 and in 2004 Lieutenant Governor Northam ran, after narrowly beating a progressive Democrat in the primary.