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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October 12, 2020 58 min

In this episode, hosts Kelly and JJ present to you audio from our live event,  “Brady Book Club--the Violence Inside Us.” As we covered in episode 90, “the Violence Inside Us” is a wonderful book written by Senator Chris Murphy. Joined as well by  Brady President Kris Brown and Brady VP of Policy (and frequent podcast guest) Christian Heyne, we get deeper into the book, discussing why it needed to be written, why it matters, and wh...

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October 12, 2020 52 min

Recently, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has held that the federal gun industry protection law, the Protection of the Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”) as unconstitutional in its entirety, the first appeals court to do so. What does it mean, and where do we go from here? This is exactly what  hosts Kelly and JJ discuss with Team Enough Fairfax member Aaryan Rawal, Dr. Griffin Dix, father of Kenzo Dix and President, Oakland ...

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Fred Guttenberg loved watching Mr. Rogers with his daughter and his son when they were little. Their favorite piece of wisdom was: In the midst of tragedy and catastrophe, find the helpers.  He has carried this life lesson with him, and is now sharing it in his new book, Find the Helpers: What 9/11 and Parkland Taught Me About Recovery, Purpose, and Hope. Fred is the father of 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg, who was killed when thirt...

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September 30, 2020 52 min

Few know that police officers are at a higher risk of suicide than any other profession, with the number of police officers who die by suicide  greater than three times the number of those that were injured in the line of duty.  Additionally, the vast majority of officers and soldiers who take their lives do so at home, using their service weapons. To discuss why these rates are so high amongst law enforcement, and what people can ...

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September 28, 2020 46 min

63 Americans die every day due to firearm suicide. These people are not mere statistics, but are beloved family members, friends, and loved ones. Today, hosts Kelly and JJ talk to two people who lost ones they love--Adam Friedman, a Team Enough Executive Council member, and Khary Penebaker, a DNC member and Board Member at Everytown.  Adam lost his grandfather, and Khary lost his mother.  Together, we discuss what everyone should k...

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September 23, 2020 41 min

Firearms are the most common means of suicide in the United States, and Brady's End Family Fire program addresses the heartbreaking facts that:

  • Firearms are by far the deadliest method of suicide -- 90% of suicide attempts with a gun are fatal, while suicide attempts with other methods are (on average) only fatal in 4% of cases, and;
  • The vast majority of people who survive a suicide attempt -- 90% -- don’t go on to die by suicide...
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    Is America destined to be, and remain, a violent nation? Why does the US have such high rates of gun violence? To discuss, JJ and Kelly are joined by Jon Lowy, Chief Counsel and Vice President of Legal at Brady, and Senator Chris Murphy, a United States Senator for Connecticut. While Senator Murphy devotes himself to public service, he has been very outspoken about fighting for gun violence prevention. Today, we're discussing h...

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    September 14, 2020 55 min

    On September 9, 1971, 1,281 of Attica prison's approximately 2,200 inmates rioted and took control of the prison, taking 42 staff hostage. That riot--and the following four days of negotiations, followed by a massacre--had a major impact on prisons and policing in the United States. In particular, it changed how people thought about the rights of currently and formerly incarcerated and firearms. To discuss this all, and how it ...

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    Native and Indigenous communities in the US have long borne the pain of gun violence, from mass shootings to high rates of suicide, firearms used in gender-based violence, and police violence. Yet, many in these communities find themselves cut off from the democratic processes that would allow them to bring about changes necessary for basic public safety. 

    To unpack a long history of mistreatment, firearms, and disenfranchisement--a...

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    It needs to be said: communities cannot simply vote their way out of oppression. Too many citizens have been denied access to fair and safe elections due to economic barriers, burdensome new laws, a prior conviction, voter purges, inaccessible polling locations, or a host of other reasons. These stories are common, and dismissing them fails to recognize the heart of the problem. So, how do we solve these problems? And, why do commu...

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    The events unfolding in Kenosha, WI, are drawing national attention. We are living in two Americas — one where intimidation by armed, white vigilantes is glorified and where protesters decrying police violence are vilified. And the other where Black lives matter and police violence is gun violence. Our legal and grassroots advocacy experts convened to discuss the threats posed and the solutions to protect our communities.

    JJ and Kel...

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    August 26, 2020 26 min

    Team Enough, Brady, and March For Our Lives have partnered on a new initiative--getting out, and supporting, the vote. Based on the fact that Black and Latinx communities that are the most affected by gun violence also face the greatest barriers to voting, and that it is vital that the citizens most impacted by this epidemic are able to vote for elected officials who will take concrete steps to protect them, the "Voting Access ...

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    August 24, 2020 40 min

    Hosts Kelly and JJ are joined by Christian Heyne, the Vice President of Policy atBrady and by Stasha M. Rhodes, a Campaign Director of 51 for 51, a pro-D.C. statehood coalition of groups committed to equal rights and representation for the more than 700,000 residents of Washington, D.C. Together, they're discussing how democracy is a gun violence issue, and why access to democracy is vital in 2020. 

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    August 17, 2020 44 min

    Racist, pro-gun, anti-government extremist propaganda encouraging the use of firearms to threaten violence and insurrection is showing up in protests across the country--and the folks using them go by the funny name of “Boogaloo Bois.” Who are these people? What do they want? And what does their existence mean for gun violence, and gun violence prevention, in the US? To find out, JJ and Kelly talk to Jason Wilson, an investigative ...

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    August 17, 2020 39 min

    After the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, there were many proposals advanced by the media, advocacy groups, legislators, and academics for mandating liability insurance for all gun owners. None of those legislative proposals passed, but the argument continues. To discuss why that was, what gun liability insurance actually is, and if it could be helpful, JJ is joined by Peter Kochenburger, who is the Execut...

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    JJ is joined by Kelly Sampson, legal counsel at Brady, for a podcast all about what it’s like to be protesting to help bring about gun violence prevention during Covid-19. To do so,  we went straight to the source--interviewing those from Concerned Citizens DC and Team Enough as they marched in DC to prevent gun violence. 

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  • Team Enough (Brady)
  • District Crime in DC at a Glance (District of Columbia) 
  • Gun Violen...
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    In a very special minisode, JJ discusses New York Attorney General Letitia James’ announcement that she has filed a complaint in the Supreme Court of New York that includes 18 causes of action against the National Rifle Association (NRA) and four of its senior officers, current and former, for fraud, malfeasance, false filings and abuse of the NRA’s tax-exempt status, among other charges.

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    July 27, 2020 36 min

    JJ is joined by Kelly Sampson, legal counsel at Brady, and D. Brian Burghart, a journalist who is also the founder and executive director of Fatal Encounters. Fatal Encounters is a project devoted to creating a comprehensive national database of people who are killed through interactions with police. Why? Because until its creation, there wasn't one. Together, we’re talking about why it took a journalist to start such a databas...

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    Throughout the spring and summer of 2020, streets and communities across the United States have echoed with protesters’ demands for the reform or defunding of police departments. To break down the root causes of these demonstrations and what changes their impressive momentum might bring, host JJ and Kelly Sampson, legal counsel at Brady, are joined by Dwayne Crawford, Executive Director of the National Organization of Black Law Enf...

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    Washington, DC, the nation’s capital, continues to have serious difficulty reducing gun violence, with the city suffering in 2019 its highest number of homicides since 2008. The majority of those 166 murders were shootings, and this year the District is on track to be just as deadly, with the majority of the victims expected to be Black men. The severity of these statistics is bad enough, but even worse is how DC residents’ lack of...

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