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.... Show More

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February 22, 2021 47 min

What roles should survivors play in gun violence prevention? What is it like to fight for justice, when justice has been denied to you? To find out, hosts Kelly and JJ are joined by Mattie Scott and Suzanne Kelley. Mattie and Suzanne both lost multiple family members to firearm homicide, and the murders that got them involved remain unsolved years later. Nevertheless, both of these women have worked tirelessly for gun violence prev...

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Three years ago, on February 14th 2018,  a gunman armed with an AR-15 attacked Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 14 children and three staff members. In the aftermath, survivors of that shooting have stood up for gun violence prevention, fighting daily for common-sense gun violence prevention laws. But what is it like for those survivors? What do they wish all people knew about the daily struggles o...

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Wholesalers, big box retail chains, and local gun shops conduct the overwhelming majority of firearm sales in the U.S. each year, but collectors and enthusiasts know that wandering from this beaten path has its rewards. In cities and towns across the country, merchants of a more eclectic bent work the fringes of the firearms business, buying and selling everything from today's most modern handguns and rifles to the breech-loadi...

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So-called "gun truthers" — hoaxers — believe that mass killings such as the one at Sandy Hook are government-run plots designed to gin up support for restrictive gun laws, among other things. Some of these individuals even believe such massacres to be entirely fictitious productions in which no one involved is hurt, let alone killed; actors, they will tell you, masquerade as the victims, friends, and grieving kin the countr...

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January 25, 2021 53 min

How do you teach a child about gun safety? About hunting? And how young is too young? In today's episode, you'll find out. Hosts Kelly and JJ are joined by David and Karin Holder of Raised Hunting, Raised At Full Draw, and Raised Outdoors. Together, they run Raised Hunting, a television show all about how American families can use hunting as a platform to teach ethics and values to their family. They also are devoted to tea...

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January 20, 2021 35 min

Gun rights groups, headed by the National Rifle Association, have argued since the early 1990s that the spread of firearms is essential to maintaining freedom in America, making  a very wide interpretation of the Second Amendment necessary to protect all other rights . But is this argument true?  Do guns indeed make us free? To find out,  hosts Kelly and JJ are joined by Brady President Kris Brown and political philosopher Dr. Firm...

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Before there was Parkland or even Columbine, there was Cleveland Elementary School. But for many, the name of the Stockton, California school is unfamiliar.

On January 17, 1989, a former student opened fire on the playground of Cleveland Elementary School. Within 3 minutes the gunman fired 106 rounds from his recently-purchased AK-47, killing 5 students and injuring another 31. The youngest student victim was 6; the oldest, 9.  Toda...

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More than 37 states in the US allow a person to use deadly force against an intruder or attacker under the guise that they are defending themselves or their property. This is due to what are called  “Stand Your Ground'' laws-- but those laws are highly controversial. In this episode, hosts Kelly and JJ are joined by three amazing guests: Alyssa Ackbar, the legislative coordinator for Team ENOUGH’s Florida Lobbying Collectiv...

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Season two of "Red, Blue, and Brady" kicks off with an in-depth discussion of the January 6th attack on the Capitol, when insurrectionists illegally entered the US Capitol building while violently objecting to the certification of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' electoral victory as the incumbent President and Vice President of the United States. In doing so, this mob directly attacked not just the Capitol and those inside...

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December 28, 2020 40 min

With COVID-19, many schools are still offering--or requiring-- virtual instruction. But what many people don't realize is, even remote students are participating in active shooter drills. Why? Well, at least 40 states require schools to hold them, even if they’re using blended or hybrid instruction.  How should parents be speaking to their children about these drills? And, what do these drills even do--virtual or otherwise? To ...

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December 21, 2020 37 min

So, what exactly is a crime gun anyway? In this episode, host JJ chats with some members of the Brady crime gun initiative team on what everyone needs to know about crime guns, what a supply-side approach to ending gun violence is, and why gun dealers need to be involved in the conversation. Joining JJ is Josh Scharff, Erica Rice, Anneliese Dickman, and Steve Lindley of the Brady combating crime guns team, and Stephan Abrams of Tea...

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December 21, 2020 38 min

We're sure you've heard this false claim before--that video games are linked to gun violence.  But how did video games become scapegoats for gun violence?  To help hosts Kelly and JJ navigate these confusing waters, they're joined by Stephen Machuga (Founder and CEO of the nonprofit StackUp.Org, which supports the mental health of military and veteran communities through the power of gaming), and TJ Arch, the Creative D...

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In this episode, hosts Kelly and JJ take on another number of firearm suicide myths--including the one that states that suicide rates increase during the holiday season. To do so, they're joined by  three great experts--who also happen to be great friends—Sarah Brady Fellow Dr. Kyleanne Hunter, PsychArmor's Dr. Heidi Kraft, and clinical psychologist Dr. Ted Bonar. Together, they talk about how to handle tough topics like th...

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On the evening of 8 December 1980, John Lennon was shot and killed in the front entrance of his home in NYC.  His murderer was a one-time Beatles fan who had traveled from Hawaii to New York with a .38 special revolver that he had purchased six weeks prior from  a shop in Honolulu, Hawaii for 169 dollars. 

However, the shooter had planned the killing over several months, and had shared his plans with his wife. Had an Extreme Risk La...

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November 24, 2020 49 min

How does structural racism intersect with gun violence? Does the Second Amendment apply to all individuals in the same way? And, when it comes to policing, how does the law view gun owners of different ethnic groups? To discuss all this and more, hosts Kelly and JJ are joined by Dr. Jennifer Carlson,  an Associate Professor of Sociology and Government & Public Policy at the University of Arizona.  

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    Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States, and with his election comes the obvious question: what does his Presidency mean for gun violence prevention? To find out, hosts Kelly and JJ are joined by Dr. Richard Spitzer, author and distinguished political science professor at the State University of New York Cortland; Chelsea Parsons, the Vice President of Gun Violence Prevention at the Center for American Pr...

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    Timothy "TJ" Ryan served just under 13 years in the US Army as an Airborne Ranger, from 2005 to 2017. He had 8 combat deployments to countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, suffered moral injury, and was later diagnosed with PTSD--and then became an advocate and artist dedicated to eliminating the stigma of mental health care and gun violence. Today, he joins hosts Kelly and JJ, and Ted Bonar, a clinical psychologist spe...

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    Mr. Rogers said: "Always look for the helpers." In this live episode,  hosts Kelly and JJ speak with Brady President Kris Brown, Parkland father and author Fred Guttenberg, Dr. Dana Winters of the Fred Rogers Center, and Clayton Rosenberg of the Alliance of Concerned Men, to talk about how we can all "find the helpers" in the face of violence and uncertain times. Together we’re bringing you something a little bit di...

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    In this very special minisode, hosts Kelly and JJ discuss are joined by Brady President Kris Brown, Brady VP of Policy (and frequent podcast guest) Christian Heyne, and special guest the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer. Together, we're talking all about the violent plot launched against the Governor, the increasing risk of armed insurrection, and why voter intimidation at polling places from those with firearms is a majo...

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