According to Amnesty International, we all want to be safe, secure and to live without fear, which is a human right that we all have. But in the US, gun violence is an epidemic that directly threatens these rights — to discuss this we turn to my first guest, a businesswoman and civic leader. A staggering number of people are killed with guns in the United States every year: more than 30,000 men, women and children. Among high-income countries, the United States accounts for 80 percent of all gun deaths in the world, 86 percent of all women killed by guns and 87 percent of all children younger than 14 who are killed by guns. Fueling this epidemic, laws on guns in the United States are inconsistent and weak — and federal,state and local governments are not meeting their obligations under international law to protect people's safety.
It's Friday! Time for the weekly panel discussion. There are lots of things to talk about. From lessons learned in New York's election results to the continuous progressive blue wave. Also, last week, Botham Shem Jean was shot and killed by Dallas police officer Amber Rene Guyger, who authorities say accidentally went to Jean's apartment, thinking it was her own. Now, the smear headlines are appearing attacking Jean's character. What's going on here? Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro received a rare yet exceedingly warm welcome Thursday as he landed in Beijing, where the oft-maligned leader and target of US-spearheaded regime-change efforts will discuss new ways in which his government and the People's Republic of China can deepen their relations and strengthen their long-running ties. Lastly, Paul Manafort will cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his guilty plea.
We've got all those topics and more!
Dr. Stephanie Myers — Vice president of R.J. Myers Publishing Company and national co-chair of Black Women for Positive Change. She served as a presidential appointee for 12 years and authorized the first US commercial space launch of a privately owned rocket.
Caleb Maupin — Journalist and political analyst who focuses his coverage on US foreign policy and the global system of monopoly capitalism and imperialism. He has appeared on Russia Today, PressTV, TeleSur and CNN. He has reported from across the United States, as well as from Iran, the Gulf of Aden and Venezuela.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Political analyst, author of Why Black Lives Do Matter and host of the weekly Hutchinson Report on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles and the Pacifica Network.
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