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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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Is “March For Our Lives” Anything More Than Political Theater?

Don’t we need the second amendment in order to protect the first amendment? Are the organizers and attendees of the march being honest about moving their political agenda? Does the Stormy Daniels interview have any relevance in Trump’s presidency? Are Republicans trying to lose majority status after signing the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill? CNN political commentator, Steve Cortes joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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What We Learned From The Walkouts

The main thing we learned from the 3,000+ school walkouts that occurred and those already being planned for April 20 is who is in charge of K-12 education in America.

And that should frighten you more than your average 18-year-old with a rifle or a violent video game.

Those pillaging America’s schools like Malcolm McDowell and his droogs in “A Clockwork Orange” are in charge of our schools not attending them.

It’s zero tolerance on the one hand and tolerance of everything including thuggery on the other.

If you’re a white kid who scrawls the square root sign evoking a gun on a math assignment, they bring in Jack Bauer and put him on the clock.

If you’re a minority kid, say in Parkland, Florida, you can threaten to shoot up your school and no one will say anything. Under the guise of racial equity, schools are moving to remove disciplinary consequences for certain students and take discretion away from law enforcement in the process.

Neither are teachers immune from the imposition of Leftist orthodoxy. Just ask the California teacher put on administrative leave for hazarding a thoughtful discussion with her class about the politics of protests ahead of the walkout.

With the politics being pushed on their kids, now is a good time for more parents to wake up and walk into their kids’ schools for a healthy stop, look and listen.


IL Gun Owners Not Out Of The Woods

Are Illinois Democrats attacking not only gun owners but the gun culture with their gun control gambits? What is the danger in creating a gun registry? Are Democrats playing “gotcha” politics and leaving no room for what they claim to be an “open, honest discussion?” IL Gun Dealers Association Executive Director, Todd Vandermyde joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Chicago GOP Files IG complaint Against CPS For School Walkouts

Students across the nation are staging “walkouts” for gun violence in light of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, FL. If teachers are herding their students out into the streets and encouraging them to make posters about gun control isn’t that violating the law? Chicago GOP Chairman, Chris Cleveland joins Dan and Amy to discuss the IG complaint he filed against CPS for breaking the law and holding political rallies during public time on public property.

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Proft: Good morning, Dan and Amy. So, the guy that Eddie Redmayne played passed away, and Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76, came over the transom late yesterday evening. Jacobson: He was diagnosed with ALS at...in 1963...so he has lived with this disease for decades. Proft: Yeah, obviously a famed theoretical cosmologist... Jacobson: ...renowned scientist, all that. Proft: Right...although he was wrong about Higgs-Boson, wasn't he? And he had to admit that Peter Higgs was right. We'll debate... Jacobson: I remember that...we're gonna debate that in the last hour of the show this morning. Proft: 8 o'clock hour, we're gonna debate that, we're gonna re-enact the argument between Stephen Hawking and Peter Higgs about the Higgs-Boson, the particle that gives...the God Particle, as of course you know... Jacobson: Of course! Proft: ...you know, the matter that gives protons...you know, protons and electrons mass. So that's gonna be a fun 8 o'clock hour. Stephen Hawking also known as a great comedic actor, in such series as Family Guy. Hawking(?)(from tape): Tell your wife to come over to my place if she wants a little boom-shaka-laka-laka-laka. Boom-shaka-laka-laka-laka. Boom-shaka-laka-laka-laka. Boom. Proft: Is that too soon? Jacobson: No, but this is...I mean, he did have a funny side to him, when he was Larry King once, Larry King asked him "What puzzles you the most about this world?" And he said "Women." He couldn't figure women out. He could figure everything else out but not us, our gender. Proft: Yeah, that was a good one. He was better on Family Guy when he had writers. Hawking(?)(from tape): *Hawking and a woman having sex with robotic voices* Jacobson: DAN! That IS when you say...WAY too soon, not just too soon. Proft: Eh. He would have enjoyed it. Yeah, you just mentioned his great sense of humor that he had. Jacobson: He did have a great sense of humor. And that's why he let them use his appearance and his voice on Family Guy and on The Simpsons. Proft: Right. I mean, everybody can talk about cosmology! This is... Jacobson: Einstein's theory of relativilly! Proft: Umm, I'm sorry? Who's what? Alright, switching gears. Today is March 14th, by my look at the calendar. That means a bunch of kids who were in charge of schools where adults get paid are walking out to protest gun violence, protest guns... Jacobson: They want the banning of assault rifles, assault weapons... Proft: ...whatever those are...memorialized the 17 that were murdered in Parkland. But in Chicago, that is being met with some resistance. Ahh, the resistance turns the tables, and that is the Chicago Republican Party has sued CPS over these walkouts. Why did they do that, and how are they faring? For more on that topic we're pleased to be joined by Chris Cleveland, who is the chairman of the Chicago Republican Party. Chris, thanks for being with us. Cleveland: Thanks Dan. Proft: So, why the lawsuit against...or maybe you're just seek injunctive relief, but why the action against CPS? Cleveland: Well, what we've actually done is filed a complaint with the Inspector General, and we'll see what he actually does. But the problem is that we've got teachers who are taking kids out for a political rally on public property and public...you know, public time! And it's just...this is political indoctrination. And it's totally inappropriate. Proft: Well, what...how many schools...because I know my kids' school is not doing it, but how many CPS schools are planning a walkout? Do you know? Cleveland: Well, we know the walkouts are going to be widespread. The one that triggered it, it was...my own school. I have a child in a CPS school and in this one, they were planning to take grades 5 thru out, herd them outside for this demonstration they encouraged them to make posters about gun control to express their opinion about it. Now, I don't think they're telling these kids to be AGAINST gun control here, it's clear that they're pushing a political view upon them. Proft: Well, we've seen this from some of the survivors from Parkland and other school shootings who've spoken out...that there's some divided opinion among young people about guns, as there is in the general public. And so you've had some people...some people's kids...say "Well, no, I'm not opposed to guns" or "No, I don't think banning guns is the answer to what happened in Parkland". And is there any indication from your kid's experience or what you've heard that people who don't hew to the orthodoxy of the Chicago Teachers Union on the issue are being allowed to express themselves too? Cleveland: No, there's no indication of it, because this is an elementary school. These kids are 10, 11 years old, the grades you know 5 through 8....14. They're not old enough to have formed an informed political opinion on this sort of thing. And they're gonna do what their teachers tell them to do in this case, or what their peers are saying they should do. And what they're going to do is herd all these kids out and the few kids who choose not to participate...they do have some provision for this...they're gonna be put in their own room, where they just have to sit by themselves, in this room. Proft: A veritable overhead BIN, Amy. Jacobson: Will you STOP IT? But then they could face bullying from other students who want them to take part in this protest, which they believe is like their civic duty to do so. You had mentioned that they encouraged the kids to make posters, did the teachers tell them what exactly should be on the posters, or encourage them with some "helpful suggestions"? Cleveland: Well, all we know for sure is what the principal said in his email, and he said they are "encouraged to bring posters to express their opinion." Now, you can guess what that means exactly. Proft: Yeah, and so you...the complaint has been filed with the Inspector General, the CITY Inspector General? Cleveland: Right. The CPS Inspector General. Proft: Oh right the CPS Inspector General. Well, CPS, the city, CPS...I keep forgetting that we pretend CPS and the city are two different things. Yes, so and...so, but this is something obviously you filed this yesterday, the walkout's today, obviously they're not going to adjudicate it. So, this is going to happen, right? Unless you pull your specific child, you pull your kid out of school or something like that. Cleveland: Well, we've appealed to the good sense of CPS (Proft: *laughs loudly*), and if they're wise enough to recognize that this is an EXPLICIT violation of CPS policy, written CPS policy. It's a violation of state law, AND it's a violation of the First Amendment, you THINK that they would call the principals or put out a note and say "Hey, cmon, you can't do this." Are they gonna have the good sense to do this? I dunno. But somehow I doubt it. Jacobson: Wow. So, personally, what have you decided to do with your daughter or son? Are they going to stay in a specific classroom while people walk? Are they just going to go outside and get some fresh air? Cleveland: Well, he's a third-grader. So, he's not going to be among those who are herded outside for this thing. So we've dodged that bullet this time, who knows what will happen in a couple of years when we have to deal with it? Proft: Well, that's the...that's the remarkable thing, isn't it? I mean, you mentioned it, but it bears repeating and emphasizing...first second third grades, fourth fifth graders, and they're supposed to take hard positions on public policy issues like guns and get out there with placards and...obviously this is just following the lead of the adults...to the extent that you call THAT leadership. And it's exploitive, really, isn't it? Cleveland: Well, yeah, of course! It's coercive, at that age, it's coercive. It's political indoctrination. And not only does it not make any sense, as it's obviously wrong, it's a VIOLATION OF THE LAW. I mean, you can't be doing this. State law says you can't use public property for private political purposes. I mean, it's crystal clear! Jacobson: Yeah, and if you're worried about kids safety...keeping them in school as opposed to forcing them to go outside...cuz I know personally, our school is on a busy street, so I don't want that to happen. Proft: Or if you're just worried about, as Chris mentioned, you know, the rule of law in a free society, if you're worried about the state law meaning anything... Jacobson: Well, the head of Chicago Public Schools came out and assured parents that students would not be punished for participating. So even though...if a school is doing that and a student wants to just walk out and leave, they're not going to be punished. Proft: What about the...but the question is, should the people breaking the law be punished? I guess it's the operative question, right? Cleveland: Yeah, yeah, obviously. And as I said, CPS has an explicit rule, which explicitly prohibits political demonstrations or rallies on public property, the teachers who lead this sort of thing ought to be subject to SOME kind of penalties, or else the rule is meaningless. Proft: Alright, he is Chris Cleveland...appealing to the good sense of CPS. Jacobson: Good luck with THAT! (Cleveland laughs) We're pullin' for ya! Proft: He is chairman of the Chicago Republican Party. Chris, thanks so much for joining us, appreciate it. Cleveland: Thank you, Dan and Amy.

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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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Demystification Of Gun Hysteria

Does the Illinois political ruling class showcase their lack of respect for voters by pledging to go after their guns? If women are more likely to be victims of crime, shouldn’t we empower them with the tools to defend themselves, including firearms? Owner of Ladies of Steel Gun Club on Chicago's South Side, Lynn Dunagan joins Dan and Shaun to discuss how her club educates and trains women on how to use firearms. Lynn says the club has grown from 30 to 95 ladies in less than a year.

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