Guns, Part Two (FYE #2)

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Last week, we examined the Second Amendment’s history and the seductive allure of guns. This second of our two part program includes our efforts to contact the National Rifle Association, reveals how gun-related crimes have affected human lives, and shows how a flood of affordable large magazine semiautomatic pistols altered the course of American history.


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Thank You for Calling the NRA

The NRA, along with other pro-gun organizations such as Pink Pistols, refused or didn’t bother to answer our requests for interviews by telephone, email, or Facebook. In an effort to get somebody from the NRA on the record, we contacted the NRA Member Services hotline and had a very strange conversation. (Beginning to 7:12)


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The Night the Sky Opened Up

On October 28, 2000, three days before Halloween, Sezin Koehler was out for a night on the town in Los Angeles. But what she did not know, as her best friend Wendy Soltero rolled up in her car, was that the sky was about to open up. Koehler reveals the little discussed pain of living with the consequences of a gun-related murder and talks about how she’s still coping more than twelve years later. (7:12 to 27:25)


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The History of the Glock

To understand how handguns with large magazines have become a greater part of American culture, we spoke with After Paul Barrett, assistant managing editor at Businessweek and author of Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun. Barrett discusses Gaston Glock’s parallels with Samuel Colt, reveals how Glock’s savvy marketing strategies were used to cajole city police departments, how gun manufacturers exploited the grandfather clause of the 1994 assault weapons ban, whether Glock feels any remorse, the 2005 ban on civil lawsuits against gun manufacturers and suppliers, and the NRA’s failure to compromise on any issue. (27:25 to end)


Loops for this program were provided by Exoflex and JoeFunktastic.

Follow Your Ears #2: Guns, Part Two (Download MP3)

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4 Responses

  1. marty rajandran
    marty rajandran January 31, 2013 at 2:23 am · Reply

    Excellent programme. Am sharing the site with friends in the Granny Peace brigade, our MoveOn group against gun violence and million moms against gun violence.

    Thanks for this work you are doing. I really can’t believe the arguments used against the most basic of gun laws: national registration, issuance on a basis of “may” not “shall”, interstate trafficking, and a ban on assault weapons and their magazines. It makes no sense, and most Americans agree yet the congressmen feel the 2nd Amendment allows free, open without restraint ownership…..I just don’t get it.

    1. Sezin Koehler
      Sezin Koehler January 31, 2013 at 4:28 am · Reply

      Amen. And agreed. Many thanks to Ed and Follow Your Ears for tackling this oddly contentious topic in America.

  2. Frances Madeson
    Frances Madeson February 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm · Reply

    Sending out thankfulness to Sezin for wholeheartedly sharing her righteous and enriching story of witness.

    Ed,
    The series as it’s shaping up is marvelous–intelligent and bold!

    If you do a part 3 (and I hope this conversation on guns is a recurring thread) you might consider focusing a segment on the ways in which the “gun control issue” is shamelessly exploited by demagogues to manipulate their constituencies.

    I loved spending part of my morning here with you two. Thank you both.

  3. Anastasia Ashman
    Anastasia Ashman February 13, 2013 at 4:10 am · Reply

    Such a shocking, visceral description of what it feels like to be in that terrible moment.

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