Red, Blue, and Brady

Red, Blue, and Brady

This isn't your typical political podcast. Brought to you by one of the oldest gun violence prevention organizations, Red, Blue, and Brady discusses current events and shares personal narratives in its exploration of America's epidemic of firearm woundings and deaths. In these episodes, you'll hear our hosts JJ and Kelly talk with survivors, activists, academics, politicians, and more as they join together for insightful — and, despite the grim subject matter, at times humorous — dialogs about the country's long-standing love for guns, the positive and negative effects of that love, and the political, educational, and cultural efforts of Brady and its allies as we work together to end gun violence.

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August 12, 2022 8 min
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This summer has been one marked by mass shootings. Since Memorial Day of this year alone there have been 178 mass shootings, which have killed 165 people and injured 764 others. And as public fear increases, so too does misinformation and myth about mass murderers and mass shootings. To cut through the noise, and learn what may drive shooters, hosts Kelly and JJ are joined by Dr. P Shavaun Scott. Dr. Scott is a  clinically licensed...

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On average, 2 million American workers become the victims of workplace violence every year, and that includes gun violence. But what sets workplace gun violence apart from other forms of gun violence? And, what can employers and employees do, to help keep one another safe?

To find out, "Red, Blue, and Brady" is launching a 4-part series on gun violence in the workplace. To begin, host JJ is joined by violence expert Dr. Stev...

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After a mass shooting at a school, we tend to hear some of the same "solutions" tossed around: 

  • schools should just have one door;
  • buy bulletproof backpacks;
  • arm teachers; and
  • harden schools more broadly.
  • While we know those "solutions" aren't, in fact, solutions to gun violence, they all point to a very serious question: "what can we do to make kids safe, while we fight for gun violence prevention?"

    To help ...

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    We lose over 40,000 Americans every year to gun violence, and their loss is felt by thousands more. Millions more are injured, or living, with gun violence injuries. Folks who have been thus inducted into this terrible US club of gun violence survivorship have taken up the mantle of fighting for gun violence prevention, hoping to protect others from experiencing the pain they live with. No survivor knows this more than Rachael Jose...

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    When it comes to intimate partner violence, the presence of firearms is deadly. Horrifically, more than one in four homicides in the United States are related to domestic violence. The passing of the bipartisan Safer Communities Act is a massive step forward in addressing gun violence within intimate partner violence, but as guest Rachel Graber (Director of Public Policy, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence) broke down for...

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    Last week the Supreme Court, in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, struck down New York's previously existing restrictive firearms licensing law. In his decision, Justice Clarence Thomas made the case that Americans have a two-part right to “keep” guns in their homes and “bear” them in public. This decision has left many Americans with a lot of questions, including but not limited to:  "how ...

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    June 10, 2022 19 min

    The day before we gathered to lay out 2,280 schoolbooks and broken pencils* before the U.S. Capitol (each one representing the 2,280 children that have been killed by gun violence since the Senate refused to bring a vote on background checks), and two days prior to the 2022 March for Our Lives, host JJ was joined in the Brady offices by Christian Heyne (Vice President of Policy at Brady) and Founders of Change the Ref (and parents ...

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    Like a lot of folks, Matt Gordon began his Tiktok account "usmcangryveteran" during Covid-19 lockdowns. He quickly became known for his witty yet detailed explanations of current events, and as his popularity grew, so too did his commitment to fighting for social justice by educating his audience and uplifting other creators from impacted communities. Particularly striking, and viral, were his videos breaking down myths ab...

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    As we’ve seen another week pass in the US, that mass shootings have continued – from grocery stores, to schools, to hospitals, to even cemeteries.  After these mass shootings that gain national attention, a lot of questions come up in public conversation. Some of those questions posit that gun violence prevention methods aren’t the answer – that gun violence is a product of poor mental health, or video games, or just plain evil. Ho...

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    A church. A grocery store. A school.

    In the last 14 days, the nation has seen a number of high-profile shootings, all the while "every day" gun violence continued in communities across the US. If you're scared, angry, frustrated, or even just numb, hosts Kelly and JJ understand — they feel the same way. To discuss the shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde,  and ways to respond, they're joined by  Dr. Steve Albrecht, Nanc...

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    Mike and  Kristin Song's beloved son, Ethan, was only 15 when he was killed with a friend's father's unsecured firearm. Since that terrible day in 2018, Mike and Kristin have been fighting to protect other children like Ethan from gun violence with their organization Song Strong.  They've been successful in spreading the passage of Ethan's Law, a bill that  requires firearms on residential premises to be safely ...

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    More than 81.4 million Americans own guns, and while we hope that those firearms are all stored securely locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition, we sadly know that isn't the case. But how can gun violence prevention originations —and ordinary people— best talk to those in their lives about mental health and safe storage? Today, hosts Kelly and JJ are joined by an expert in that area, Michael Sodini. Mike is a 3rd genera...

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    May 6, 2022 37 min

    In a brand new study in the Washington Post, the paper found that at least 41 American children lose at least one biological parent to gun violence a day.  Pulitzer-finalist journalist and author John Woodrow Cox did a deep dive into the lives of some of those children left behind, including siblings Kaleigh (7) and Kavon (11), in his latest piece, "Orphaned by gun violence: Two kids, two shootings, two parents gone." John ...

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    One thing we all have in common: we're afraid. And that fear can keep us from talking about hard, important things, as if not speaking on it will somehow protect us. Sadly, that's not the case, especially when it comes to gun violence.

    A possible solution to gun violence may be coming at the issue from a harm reduction perspective, which requires meeting people where they are, and having some very honest conversations. To d...

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    We know that gun violence truly is intersectional, touching every part of American life. And in turn, so much of the world impacts gun violence. Included in that reciprocal relationship is climate, or more specifically, climate change and global warming. Studies suggest that climate change can worsen gun violence rates, yet initiatives to fight gun violence via fighting climate change are scarce on the ground. This is troubling, as...

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