Red Flag Laws Vs. Due Process

Why are we finally getting help from Mexico on the migration crisis in Central America? Does hysteria overpower reasonable discussions and policy solutions after mass shootings? Are there too many ways red flag laws could be exploited and take away people’s freedoms without proper due process? Writer and editor for TheStream.org, John Zmirak joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Right To Self Defense

Is law enforcement in favor of concealed carry? Could concealed carry citizens serve as a deterrent to these mass shooters? Does the media and leftist politicians make it more about the gun and less about the evil doer? Are red flag laws a reasonable solution? President of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, Tim Schimdt joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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“Do Something”

Is there any evidence that universal background checks would have prevented any of the mass shootings that have occurred in the last decade? Are mass shooters crazy but not stupid when they pick soft target areas in gun free zones? President of Crime Prevention Research, John Lott Jr. joins Dan and Amy 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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Media Bias On Gun Violence

Is there any merit to gun control advocates’ argument to ban silencers because they think it’s harder for law enforcement to find the shooter? Are gun free zone laws that leave victims defenseless the real problem in the Virginia Beach shooting and other mass shootings that have been committed? President of Crime Prevention Research Center, John Lott Jr. joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Broken Homes

How does someone with no history of mental illness and a clean record at work turn to violence and commit a mass shooting? Why has law enforcement turned away from the “broken windows” practice that actually worked in places like New York City? Do the majority of criminals come from broken families? If Mueller knew he couldn’t charge Trump then shouldn’t he have remained silent? Former FBI Assistant Director of Intel, Kevin Brock joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Kendrick Castillo: Real Man

In the era of PC-addled, Obamacare-entitled, emasculated pajama boys prancing around safe-spaced college campuses triggered to tears by their own toxicity, it’s easy to fret for America’s future.

And then we are reminded of the existence of resolute, faithful young men prepared to defend to the death the civilized against the barbaric.

Enter Kendrick Castillo.

Castillo is the young man who bum-rushed one of the shooters who opened fire on their Colorado charter school and their 1800 classmates.

Kendrick Castillo took a bullet in the chest and laid down his life to save the lives of an incalculable number of others.

“I wish he had gone and hid, but that’s not his character,” said Castillo’s father. “His character is about protecting people, helping people.”

I wish we could bottle and sell whatever it was Kendrick Castillo’s parents did to raise such a courageous young man.

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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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What To Do To Prevent Mass Shootings

Should mass shootings be treated as a public health crisis? Should there be interviews with family members in order for someone to purchase a gun? Would getting rid of “gun free zones” help prevent mass shootings? Is it time for family and friends to step up and intervene if they know someone has a chance of being violent? Should we expect Democrats in the House to move on gun control even though they haven’t in the past? President of the Crime Prevention Research Center, John Lott Jr. joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Latest On The Thousand Oaks Shooting

Staying up to date on another tragic event in Thousand Oaks, CA after a deadly mass shooting. Once they get the shooter’s identity, where does the investigation lead them? Does Jeff Sessions’ resignation and a new acting AG change the trajectory of the Mueller investigation? Former FBI Assistant Director, Ron Hosko joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Anti Cop Rhetoric Heating Up In Florida Governor’s Race

Have the 2018 midterms returned to a law and order election? According to Democrat candidate for governor in Florida, Andrew Gillum thinks cops have already failed once they need to use a taser, baton, or their gun. What’s the new active shooter protocol? How much does social media factor into police investigations? Is there any more to be done with threats on social media? New York City Police Detective and President of the CMP Protective and Investigative Group, Thomas Ruskin joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Cultural Civil War Brewing

What is the psychology behind the mass shooter in the Capital newspaper tragedy and how should we respond? Do people need to be more vigilant about threats on social media? What’s the importance of civility in society? Are the most intolerant people who support “enlightened speech” members of the intellectual class? Writer and psychiatrist, Theodore Dalrymple joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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The Right Question

Guns have no moral agency.

Predators hurt and kill people. Often they use a gun.

Good guys protect people. Often they use a gun.

When a predator kills with a gun he is rightly called a monster.

When a good guy with a gun fails to protect people he is rightly called a coward.

The very nature of the way we discuss an atrocity like the Parkland school shooting conveys our understanding that it’s bad guys and good guys who are responsible for what they do and not the instrumentality they use in their conduct.

So arguing that the response to the deadly success of the shooter and the failure of the deputy sheriff is to reduce the number of good guys and their instrumentality choices does not logically follow from the accepted premise.

And neither does the failure of state agencies locally and federally to exercise the power they currently possess make the case for expanding their power at the expense of our rights.

No amount of emergency planning or algorithmic modeling or government power can replace the variety of human judgment calls that will be thrust upon a free people.

The question then isn’t what’s in my holster, it’s what’s in my head and my heart?