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 host JJ 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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July 30, 2021 52 min

The part firearms have played in the story of the United States is far greater than any mere chronicling of all things Second Amendment could hope to reveal, as historian and author Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz explains in her book "Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment." Together with  hosts Kelly and JJ,  Dunbar-Ortiz discusses the origins and intents of firearm legislation before and after the Second's codi...

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Many Americans have long regarded the Second Amendment as a particularly bright example of their nation's dedication to the principles of liberty; the right to own and use firearms is often tied closely in our culture to the preservation and enjoyment of other freedoms, such as speech and religion, which are so linked to the very idea of the United States that thinking of one immediately conjures up the other. However, not ever...

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The filibuster has a complex history and an even more complicated present, having become an instrument of partisan gridlock which allows a minority of the Senate's members to halt the chamber's progress -- inaction which often has major implications for gun violence prevention. To discuss what the filibuster is, what it means for Americans and gun violence prevention, and efforts to end or reform it, hosts  hosts Kelly and ...

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Patience Murray survived the Pulse nightclub shooting, and her stirring rendition of her poem "the Guilt of Being Alive is Heavy" made her go viral as both a writer and a survivor. In the years that followed, Patience continued to produce work as a survivor activist, writing the book  Survive Then Live: The Patience Carter Story, hosting a podcast, being in an Emmy- nominated documentary series about her wedding  (Sincerely...

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On June 12, 2016, young women Patience Murray (then Patience Carter),  Tiara Parker, and Akyra Murray went to the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, for a fun girls night. Together the friends danced until the early morning hours, kicking off Patience's  first trip outside of her native Philadelphia. Tragically, the joy of that evening was cut short when a gunman attacked the club, ultimately killing 49 people and wounding mo...

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June 25, 2021 43 min

Mass shootings account for only  0.2% of firearm deaths in the US a year -- but their impact is large, deeply traumatizing survivors, their communities, and the country as a whole. How do we, as a nation, try to prevent these mass shootings? And what commonalities exist between not just these shootings, but the shooters themselves? To find out, host JJ is joined by
Dr. Jillian Peterson of Hamline University and Dr. James Densley of...

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Most Americans are familiar with the National Rifle Association (NRA), as it is one of the most visible and powerful special interest groups in the US. On this podcast we've discussed numerous times that the NRA -- and NRA backed politicians -- have weakened existing gun laws or trompered over new, life-saving legislation. But how does the NRA manage to run such a powerful group, despite a history of mismanagement? Hosts Kelly ...

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Darien was a charismatic, kind, 25-year-old athlete who was in the process of getting her master’s degree  when she was shot during a home invasion. 51 days after being shot in the hand and leg, Darien died from her injuries. Police quickly recovered the murder weapon, but Darien’s parents Wayne and Judi Richardson were horrified when they found out that the gun could not be traced to the shooter due to a loophole in the law known ...

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On the 4th, U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of the Southern District of California  overturned California’s over 30 year ban on assault weapons, saying the state’s law was unconstitutional and that prohibiting such firearms for decades was “a failed experiment.” This decision was a huge blow to gun violence prevention advocates, who were shocked when in his ruling Judge Benitez opened by calling AR-15s not dissimilar to swiss arm...

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June 4, 2021 42 min

Tom and Caren Teves' eldest son Alex was killed at the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting in July of 2012 while shielding his girlfriend, Amanda. That shooting left 12 people dead and 70 injured, but in the long days of media coverage that followed, attention was largely focused on the profile of the shooter -- not on the acts of heroism done by people like Alex, or the lives of those tragically taken. The Teves' then...

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In 2017, Brady took the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to court to obtain inspection reports of gun industry businesses that violated firearms laws. This litigation resulted in the ATF delivering 50,000 pages of reports detailing inspections of over 2,000 gun dealers between July 2015 and June 2017. These documents tell a disturbing story. In this very special episode, hosts Kelly and JJ are joined b...

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In the US, 1 in 5 women report experiencing severe physical violence from an intimate partner during their lifetime. Terrifyingly, when guns are introduced into that terrorism, the risk of serious death and injury only increases, with the American Journal of Public Health reporting that in domestic violence situations the risk of death is five times greater when a gun is present.

Kate Ranta, author of Killing Kate: A Story of Turnin...

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As we've often detailed on this podcast, while we may not always agree when debating about gun violence and the ways to solve it,  having the conversation itself is vital. Preventing that robust discourse is the fact that, despite the work of many activists, a divide exists within the gun violence prevention movement between responsible gun owners and gun violence prevention advocates. Yet, many responsible gun owners are gun v...

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On the 29th of April, 2021, a variety of survivors and members from the Time Is Now Coalition gathered together to hold their own State of the Union address on the national mall in Washington DC, calling out to elected officials to pass gun control legislation in the U.S. Senate. The coalition, made up of over 80 gun violence prevention groups, have all gathered together to collectively fight for comprehensive, common sense gun law...

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Since March 16, a day marked with shootings across Atlanta spas, there have been over 45 mass shootings in the United States. You, our listeners, reached out to  Kelly and JJ to ask how to talk to the young people in your lives about these mass shootings, and gun violence more broadly. To best answer your questions, we reached out to the great Nancy Kislin, LCSW, MFT, who has been a therapist specializing in helping adults reach an...

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According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been over 147 mass shootings in America this year.* These mass shootings account for only a tiny percentage of the United State's gun deaths, but nevertheless tend to dominate our news cycles. Two contradictory situations have developed overtime: while many have argued that Americans have become desensitized to the horror of mass shootings, many media scholars have also pointed ...

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In Children Under Fire: An American Crisis, John Woodrow Cox lays out the myths surrounding gun violence in the United States as it pertains to children. By exploring the stories of a handful of American children, Cox explains how  “children who are killed or maimed dominate headlines, but they represent only a fraction of the problem in the United States, where not thousands, but millions of children are affected every year...the ...

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Armed extremists in so-called “militia” groups (from the organized Three Percenters to the more decentralized Boogaloo Bois movement) have gained increasing media attention in 2021, as they used firearms as tools of intimidation and violence in events across the US. And who better to comment on those who participate in these militias than those who served in the US military? As such, Brady is joined by a panel of veterans to commen...

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