October 3, 2017

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    Offering Prayers Instead of Prevention

    We begin with the reaction to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history from the White House and the Republican Congress who, with new-found reverence, piously intone the talking point that now is the time to honor the dead, not talk about gun control. Joshua Horwitz, the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and author of “Guns, Democracy and the Insurrectionist Idea”, joins us to discuss how an NRA-sponsored bill to make silencers legal and allow concealed-carry permits from permissive states to be legal in states like California where concealed weapons are banned, was just pulled for a second time by the Republican leadership because of the Las Vegas shooting after it was taken of the table earlier following the shooting at a Congressional baseball game.  We will look into the difficulty Las Vegas police had in finding where the shots were coming from, and if the shooter had used silencers on his guns, how many more lives would have been lost had concert-goers not heard the gunfire and taken cover.

  • Segment 2:

    Blaming Insane Shooters Instead of Politicians Who Prevent Sane Gun Safety

    Then with Trump and Republicans attempting to dismiss the massacre as an act of evil by a madman, we look into the sanity of the American body politic that continues to prevent sensible gun safety measures from being enacted after repeated mass shootings that cost the lives of increasingly-high numbers of innocent American citizens.  Dr. Allen Frances, Professor Emeritus and Former Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University and author of “Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump”, joins us to discuss what little chance there is of changing the cultural myths surrounding guns and American manliness compared to the attainable goal of background checks to prevent dangerous criminals and the mentally ill from acquiring arsenals.

  • Segment 3:

    How the NRA Prevents Data Collection on Crime Scene Guns

    Then finally, now that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the arsenal of 42 guns and explosives that the Las Vegas shooter had in the hotel room he shot from and at his home, we will speak with a former ATF Special Agent  William VizzardProfessor Emeritus in the Division of Criminal Justice at California State University, Sacramento. He joins us to discuss how the NRA has prevented efforts to collect data on the history of guns found at crime scenes and the lax laws that make machine guns legal in many states.