Laws and Loopholes

177: "It's Like an Infection" – the Damage Done by Gun Traffickers, and the Fight Against Them

Daniel “Bud” Williams was only 16 when he was shot by a handgun that had been trafficked via a gunrunner, who had purchased over 250 guns at a Dayton, Ohio gun show in a mere 6 months. Almost 100 of those weapons had been bought from a single dealer via straw purchases.

176: You Can't Sell Guns Like Bananas and Ice Cream: Brady Legal vs Straw Purchasers

On Nov. 6, 2015, a gun was acquired by a blatant straw purchase. Within 24 hours, it was used to kill Donald and Ladonna Rice. In the years to follow, members of the Rice family, along with Brady Legal and outside counsel, brought a suit against the seller of the firearm.

175: Gun Dealers Can Be Held Accountable: Brady Legal, the DC Sniper Case, and Johnson v. Bullseye

We discuss Johnson v. Bullseye, a suit that both alleged a gun store's negligent sales practices made it partially responsible for the DC Sniper attacks and demanded Bushmaster be held accountable for continually supplying the store despite years of documented violations.

Types of Gun Violence

174: Seeking Justice for Rachel: Guns in the Hands of Prohibited Purchasers

Rachel Duncan was killed in 2018, when a prohibited purchaser gained access to a gun when he rented a firearm at a gun store/shooting range...and simply walked out the front door with it. Her mother Gail now fights to save other families from experiencing the same pain.

Types of Gun Violence

173: Guns, Teen Dating Violence, and the CDC

To honor Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Dr. Annah Bender joins to discuss intimate partner violence, the risks facing teens, how a 20 year hold on research harmed gun violence prevention efforts, and how we can all make one another safer.

Gun Ownership

172: How the Gun Industry Radicalized America

Former gun industry insider Ryan Busse explains what made him leave the gun industry, the ways in which the gun lobby slowly changed the way gun manufacturers did business, the rise of dangerous rhetoric, and the increasing role fear played in decision making (and gun sales).

171: How Racial Resentment May Be Repressing Gun Violence Prevention Policy

Dr. Jonathan M. Metzl discusses why some white voters may support things that go against their best interests, or sometimes even harm them, like gun violence prevention policies.

Gun Ownership

170: The Social Lives of Firearms: How Guns Are Made — And What They Mean

Anthropologist Brandon Hunter-Pazzara discusses how guns can have "social lives"— how they can be transformed into a multitude of identities and uses, and how understanding that transformation (and it's many contexts) can better help us fight back against gun violence.

Emerging Dangers

169: The Dangerous Intersection of White Women, White Nationalism, and Gun Violence

What role do white women play in white nationalist groups? What prompts people to join hate groups, to perpetuate hateful rhetoric, and to commit violence? Journalist and author Seyward Darby breaks it all down, as well as what we all can do to combat hate-based violence.

Emerging Dangers

168: Rising Anti-Semitic Gun Violence, Its Causes and Effects, and Where We Go From Here

To discuss what happened in Colleyville, how anti-Jewish prejudice has become mixed with gun violence, hate crimes, and how we can all push back against this violence, we're joined by Shira Goodman, Director of Campaigns and Outreach at the Anti-Defamation League.

Emerging Dangers

167: QAnon — The Violence, the Guns, and the Threat Posed by This Popular Conspiracy Theory

Journalist and expert Mike Rothschild joins to break down how QAnon garnered such popularity, why believers are so hard to dissuade, and why you should still be concerned about this often violent movement that may even be taking hold in your local community.

166: One Year After an Insurrection — Trauma and Truth with Rep. Jamie Raskin

Rep. Jamie Raskin discusses the root causes of January 6, the national sickness it continues to feed, the test our democracy sweated through -- and how one father's love for his son stood quietly at the center of it all.