Wednesday, April 3, 2013

  • Silent on Assault Weapons Ban Defeat and NRA-Backed Dems, Has Obama Collapsed on Gun Control?

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    At his most recent public event campaigning for gun control, President Obama chastised those he called "powerful voices on the other side interested in running out the clock ... to prevent any of these reforms from happening at all." But one of the leading journalists covering the weapons industry in the United States, Paul Barrett, says Obama in fact has backed down on gun control by refusing to take on members of his own party who also stand in its way. Barrett, the assistant managing editor at Bloomberg Businessweek and author of "Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun," contrasts the inaction at the federal level with the landmark new measure in Connecticut that marks the strictest gun-control package in the country. [includes rush transcript]

  • NRA’s "School Shield" Call for Armed Guards Seen as Path to Further Criminalize Youth of Color

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    The National Rifle Association has unveiled the recommendations of its "School Shield" task force, calling for armed guards at every school in the country. We get reaction from Judith Browne Dianis, a civil rights litigator, racial justice advocate and co-director of the Advancement Project. Browne Dianis helped author the new report, "A Real Fix: The Gun-Free Way to School Safety," part of a week-long series of actions led by students in cities across the country to oppose the deployment of police in schools. "We know that more police means criminalization of young people, especially young people of color and LGBTQ youth," she says. "The young people they’re there to protect often become the young people who are hauled off in handcuffs." We’re also joined by Paul Barrett, assistant managing editor at Bloomberg Businessweek and author of "Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun." [includes rush transcript]

  • A Gun in Every Home? Nelson, Georgia Residents Debate New Law Mandating Forced Ownership of Firearms

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    City Council members in Nelson, Georgia, voted unanimously to require heads of households to own guns and ammunition on Monday. The so-called Family Protection Ordinance requires a gun in every home in order to "provide for the emergency management of the city" and "protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants." The ordinance has sparked national media attention — and a local debate. We speak with Nelson residents on both sides of the issue: Jackie Jarrett, a member of the Nelson City Council who voted in favor of the gun requirement, and Lamar Kellett, former chair of the Nelson Planning Commission, who opposes it. "[Would you] rather rob somebody in New York, where they got strict gun laws or you can’t own one — if you do, just got to have three shells for it? Or do you want to come to Nelson and try to rob somebody, because, you know, they’ve got a weapon on the other side of that door?" Jarrett asks. But Kellett disagrees. "The Second Amendment gives you the right to bear arms. And I feel like an individual certainly has the right to not bear arms," he says. [includes rush transcript]