gun violence

Stopping Crime In Chicago

Who is fighting against more transparency in Cook County criminal courts? Why are there over 100 people who attempted to commit murder walking around our neighborhoods? Are police still trying to “contain” the gun violence? Is Lori Lightfoot a crime fighter? Chicago Police Communications Officer Anthony Gugliemi joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Punishing Those Who Follow The Rules

How do we change the perception of black ownership of guns? What has been the reception of white liberals who can’t use the race card on groups like Black Guns Matter? Is the white male the biggest threat in minority communities? Why is the go to solution from politicians to punish the people who are actually following the rules? Hip Hop artist and founder of Black Guns Matter, Maj Toure joins Dan and John Kass to discuss.

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Cultural Deregulation

Is it troubling that a growing segment of the Democratic Party doesn’t want to enforce the laws? Is the prevalence of violence in video games and other aspects of popular culture leading to more violence in real life? Are “progressives” the new establishment? Editor at First things, Rusty Reno joins Dan and Shaun Thompson to discuss.

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Reactive Regulation

How do we regulate firearms when criminals don’t abide by the laws? Is there a such thing as loopholes through online sales or gun shows? Is there any blanket federal laws that would slow down the sale of guns over state lines? Tom Vandermyde with the Federal Firearms Licensees of Illinois joins Dan and Kristin McQueary to discuss.

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Defining Domestic Terrorism

Can law enforcement be doing more to prevent mass shootings? What are the challenges to tackling this problem head on? How do we define domestic terrorism? Former CIA officer and now filmmaker, Dan Gabriel joins Dan and Kristen McQueary to discuss the shootings from this past weekend.

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Law Enforcement’s Role In Combatting Domestic Terrorism

How can every day Americans help stop mass shootings? How has law enforcement improved how they handle these attacks? The Heritage Foundation’s Lt. Col. James Carafano joins Dan and Charles Love to discuss.

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Precedent Matters

Should we be worried about the precedent being set by the criminal charges filed against the Coward of Broward? What are the implications of criminalizing a police officer’s inaction? If not criminal charges, what other type of punishment should Scott Pederson face? What about his pension? Dan and Amy discuss the charges against Broward County police officer Scot Peterson who didn't confront the shooter and enter the Parkland high school during the awful mass shooting.

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Unanswered Questions

“My son is a statistic and not a national news story.” Why did Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack get 12 detectives while there are still more than 700 unsolved murders in Chicago? Carmia Tang joins Dan and Amy to discuss her op-ed about the media and taxpayer resources spent on the Jussie Smollett hoax rather than victims, like her son, of violence in Chicago’s inner city.

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Where Criminals Get Their Guns

Would more background checks limit the number of guns on the streets in the first place? Is disarming officers in schools in Baltimore a productive idea? Should there be less focus on rare mass shootings and more on the vast majority of gun violence that we have good data on how to prevent? Deputy Managing Editor at National Review, Robert VerBruggen joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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2A Rights In Jeopardy?

What does a House Speaker Pelosi and new Democratic governors mean for second amendment rights? Could any of the recent mass shootings have been preventable with any laws not already on the books? Are red flag laws turning people into civilian police? How did Mayor Daley run John Lott out of town? Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lott Jr. joins Dan and John Kass to discuss.

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Was Operation Shutdown O’Hare A Success?

Will shutdown theater finally get up to the North Shore to protest a Gordon Lightfoot concert at Ravinia or a New Trier HS polo match? What does winning look like for the organizers of the protests? Why throw away public money when the streets are not safe and businesses don't want to come? Founder of Coalition for a New Chicago, Rev. Gregory Livingston joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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City Braces For Violent Protests Awaiting The Van Dyke Trial

Does the city need a guilty verdict in the Van Dyke trial to avoid riots? Should they start educating the community and offering counseling now if once the facts are presented he will be acquitted? Former Chicago Police Officer, Brian Warner joins Dan and Amy to discuss the upcoming Jason Van Dyke trial and reflect on his own encounter where he had to fire his weapon.

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Solutions For America’s Mass-Shooting Capital

What measures are going to be effective in reducing violence in Chicago? When will Madigan and the Chicago Democrat power structure be called out for their takeover of black neighborhoods and inability to stop the violence in Chicago? Is demanding safer neighborhoods and calling for a de-escalation of police intrinsically contrary? Reverend Greg Livingston joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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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.


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.


“Black Guns Matter”

Should nonviolent felons be able to obtain a gun? Is gun control racist? Hip Hop artist and founder of "Black Guns Matter," Maj Toure joins Dan and Amy to discuss these topics and his seminars that educate black communities on gun rights and safety. One of his big events is coming up in Chicago, June 16, check it out here.

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“Sensible Reforms” AKA Gun Confiscation

Arne Duncan says parents shouldn't send their kids to school until we pass more gun control laws. Esquire editor confirms what we knew to be true, the objective of "gun control" advocates is to eliminate the private ownership of guns. President of the Crime Prevention Research Center, John Lott Jr. joins Dan and Amy with reaction to last week's school shooting in Texas and what he thinks could be possible solutions to the problem.

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People who don’t anything about guns, gun crimes, gun policy, and the use of guns for self defense are telling other Americans what’s best for them. Is the current gun control debate stigmatizing the act of explaining the truth? Has this turned more into a culture war than a policy debate? Writer at National Review, David French joins Dan and Scot to discuss.

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Majority Of Americans Opt For Security Over Freedom

Are gun ban proposals a tradeoff between security or freedom or would they create less of both? Was there any empirical evidence or research being taken into account in the gun control marches over the weekend? Will the recent policies passed in the omnibus bill fix any of the problems that occurred in Parkland? President of the Crime Prevention Research Center, John Lott Jr joins Dan and Scot to discuss.

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