The Nation's Joshua Holland joins us to discuss his article this week: "Combat Vets Destroy the NRA's Heroic Gunslinger Fantasy", investigating whether there are any facts to back up the NRA and its scam artist Vice President Wayne LaPierre's long contention that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun".
You'll be shocked to learn that (unlike the liar LaPierre) folks who actually fire guns — and have had them fired at them in combat — have a very different opinion about the best way to stop that "bad guy with a gun".
"Wayne La Pierre has been a lobbyist for his entire career, and has no concept of what it really means when people start shooting at you", Holland tells me. The folks he talked to, he said, "did know that". In fact, as study after study confirm, he explains, guns often serve only to make bad situations much much worse.
I don't want to to share more of the conversation, for now, because I'd prefer you give it a listen in full — gun fans and foes alike. (Click to listen to the full show below).
Also on today's program: the Congressman who, in 1996, sponsored legislation that blocked the CDC from collecting statistics on gun deaths and public health now has regrets; How John Boehner could find himself remaining as Speaker of the House, even after the date he plans to resign; Desi Doyen with our latest Green News Report on the historic, global warming-fueled flooding in SC and new EPA regulations to help curb ozone and pesticides…
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