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The Takeaway: Can we Talk About Guns?

Airs Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

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The Takeaway: Can we Talk About Guns?

In a special episode of The Takeaway on April 11th, host John Hockenberry will aim to get to the root of America’s inability to openly discuss firearms by talking to those who most need to join this conversation: gun owners and enthusiasts themselves.

Kicking off the show on location with Rich Flynn, the owner of American Short Shooting in Easton, PA, John will ask what makes the gun conversation so charged in America. Rich is a gun enthusiast scared that gun laws will tighten his profit margins, drown him in paperwork, and, eventually, drive him out of business. He’s also a firm believer in supporting our Second Amendment rights.

John will then introduce our panel of gun owners, who’ve agreed to talk openly for an hour about everything from the first firearm they owned to why they don’t trust Washington. They’ll also discuss provocative alternatives to traditional gun control - from taxing guns to requiring all households to be armed.

In collaboration with Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Panel includes

- Dan Baum, a gun enthusiast and author of “Gun Guys,” an exploration of how gun owners perceive the world
- Dr. Karen Gunson, Medical Examiner for the State of Oregon and hunter. She no longer owns guns but grew up with them, and has first hand evidence of how they’re being used and misused
- Rick Ector, a former auto worker from Detroit who was neutral about guns until he was robbed in his driveway. Now he’s a gun instructor and firm believer in his right to concealed carry. He also trains gun owners: “I’d love to see all guns destroyed, but I’m not giving up mine first”
- Michael Kundu of rural Washington State who is a competitive shooter who sees himself in an kind of arms race with neighbors, some of whom are armed with assault rifles and make him feel unsafe

We’ll also hear from Tom Diaz, author of “The Last Gun”: he’s a former gun enthusiast who now believes in strict gun control;
and Dr. Dariush Mozzafarian, who penned an editorial in JAMA suggesting we use a public health approach to making guns safer.

Integrated throughout the show will be sound from Takeaway listeners describing their own relationships with firearms, and stories gathered over the last two months by Oregon Public Broadcasting.  OPB has gathered ear-grabbing sound with the kinds of characters you want to spend time with:

You’ll meet Michelle Finn, who says there’s no better feeling than watching a potential assailant run away from your cocked glock, and Brandon Roses, the father of a 2-year-old, who keeps guns at home - even though he accidentally shot and killed his own sister when he himself was ten. 


Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

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