Gun Ownership

Black Gun Ownership In Chicago

Should we be getting rid of guns in Chicago’s south and west sides as politicians promote or encourage safe, legal gun ownership? Dickson “Q” Amoa joins Dan and John Kass to discuss the 761st Gun Club in Chicago.

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Black Guns Matter In Chicago

Maj Toure, Founder of Black Guns Matter, tells reporters and supporters, “I don’t think there’s a black gun culture or white gun culture, I think there’s an informed gun culture and an ignorant gun culture.” On this edition of Upstream Ideas’ ‘Fresh Cuts,’ Maj joins Host Jeff Coleman along with WLS-AM talk show host Stephanie Trussell and Noil Petroleum Corporation CEO & President Steve Neely to discuss his views.


Heart Of The Matter: Gun Rights Are Women's Rights

According to a study from Pew Research Center, about one-in-five women in the U.S. report that they own a gun. While these women resemble their male counterparts in some respects, their views on and experiences with guns often differ from those of male gun owners. How does gun-ownership differ for women than for men? And how important is it to protect a law-abiding woman’s right to carry? Marilyn Smolenski, Owner of Nickle and Lace and a Candidate for State Representative, Babette Holder, President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of Illinois, join Host Jodi Carroll to get to the Heart of the Matter. 


Gun Control Is People Control

What is gun control really about? Free men and free women own guns, and gun ownership is a civic exercise in citizenship that empowers people and changes people. On a practical level, shouldn’t all people be able to protect the things and people they value and love? On this installment of Against the Current, Dan Proft talks with the founder of Black Guns Matter, Maj Toure, a solutionary, translator, and movie reviewer. How does Maj respond to politicians who say the NRA is a terrorist organization? In the 2016 Presidential race, Maj was not "with her," did his decision have something to do with “Super Predators.” Dan and Maj discuss gun control, crime, and personal empowerment.


Do Something

How many more shootings before we do something?

That is, how many more good guys with guns have to stop bad guys with guns before we stop stigmatizing inanimate objects?

The high school resource officer in Dixon, Illinois, and the Good Samaritan outside the restaurant in Oklahoma City aren’t inanimate objects or a three-letter acronym so they are of minor, passing interest to the DC press corps.

While well-intentioned Americans want to hear ideas about improving public safety, champagne socialists are interested only in using people’s fears against them to leverage more power over them.

This fact was laid bare in a recently released email exchange between Obama consiglieres Rahm Emanuel and Arnie Duncan two days after the Sandy Hook massacre.

In the exchange, Rahm tells Duncan, “Go for a vote this week asap before it fades. Tap peoples [sic] emotion. Make it simple assault weapons."

The dizzying intellect that is Arne Duncan replied, “Yup-thanks.”

Do you understand now?

Do you understand how little the Political Royals think of you and that they care for you even less than that?

They are as cavalier with your life as they are craven in using the lives of 20 dead children to manipulate you.

You might consider this when you’re deciding how much of your life to turn over to them.


“Sanctuary” For Gun Owners

Was it finally time to declare “sanctuary” for law-abiding gun owners? Are gun owners in Effingham County flipping the script on Democrats? Effingham County Board member, David Campbell joins Dan and Amy to explain his second amendment sanctuary county resolution.

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Media Spin At Wheaton Gun Show

Are gun owners going to be the next group Governor Rauner betrays? Is common sense gun reform from misinformed anti-gun activists translation for gun confiscation from law-abiding gun owners? Bob Garza from Illinois Gun Owners Together joins Dan and Amy with a first-person account of the protest and counter-protest at the Wheaton gun show over the weekend. 

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Destigmatizing Gun Ownership For Women

There have been 391 homicides in Chicago to date in 2017. That is 4 more than this point last year, when violent crime in the city reached a level not seen in decades. Part of self-defense is understanding firearms and ammunition. Why are there so many women fearful of firearms as a self-defense mechanism? How does Lynn Dunagan and "The Ladies of Steel Gun Club" aim to change the stigma around firearms and self-defense? Can informed and trained, law-abiding citizens help to reduce crime in their community? Dunagan joins Dan and Amy to discuss her mission and her work in Chicago.