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Loaded Conversations is about living in gun-lovin' America. A temporary East Coaster moves her family back to her native Ohio and finds the new neighbors armed to the teeth. Why? And what does it mean to live this way? Writer and mother Rebecca Flowers, who's never owned a gun in her life (and probably shouldn't), talks with people on all sides of the issue while sharing her own frank perspective. Share your stories and thoughts at loadedconvos.com.
||ExplicitEpisode 17: Stand Your Ground||Stand Your Ground is coming to my state. I didn’t know a lot about it, until I talked to criminologist Tom Gabor, author of Confronting Gun Violence in America. Tom joins us today to explain the law and its role in race relations and, of course,||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16: Las Vegas||The morning I woke up and found out about the Vegas massacre, I knew who exactly I needed to talk to: Dwight from GAG. My co-host is tireless in his campaign to shame politicians who would take blood money from the NRA.||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLoaded Live! Episode 16: Charlottesville (Guest: James Fetter)||Hardly for the first time in our history, fully locked and loaded self-proclaimed “militias” showed up in Charlottesville to protect the peaceful, law-abiding KKK’ers who just wanted to shout about white supremacy under the glow of tiki torches.||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLoaded Live! Episode 15: Ken Kidd||Getting back from our summer break, we’re finally uploading this terrific show from July with activist Ken Kidd. We talk to Ken about the deadliest shooting in U.S. history at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, a year ago this summer.||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14: Rachael Joseph, Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Dan Adkins||Ready for guns everywhere? At least in Ohio, our NRA-lovin’ legislators are, if even nobody — and I mean NOBODY — else is. On this week’s podcast, we’re joined by three gun violence survivors from Protect Minnesota who share their stories||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLoaded Live! Episode 13: Shannon Van Esley||What happens when a congressman with an A+ rating from the NRA is shot in broad daylight? Our guess: Not much. The Brady Campaign’s Shannon Van Esley joins the co-hosts to break it down. PLUS: Enjoy this episode’s “Serial”-style intro!||6/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLoaded Live! Episode 12: Kyle Fischer||This week, we talk with Dr. Kyle Fischer, an emergency room doctor in Price George’s County, Maryland, about treating patients who have been shot — and how to end the cycle of violence. National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Pro||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLoaded Live! Episode 11: Kevin Gotkin||We can’t get enough GAG. This week, we talk to Kevin Gotkin, NYU researcher and the force behind GAG U, an online tool for gun violence research. Go ahead, ask ’em anything you want about gun policy, laws, stats. They’re all over it.||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLoaded Live! Episode 10: Natalie James||Attorney Natalie James talks to the gang about how to stay safe during public demonstrations — and what to do if you end up in the clink.||5/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLoaded Live! Episode 9: Charleen Hoveter||Here’s a problem more and more of us will — unfortunately — have to confront at some point in our lives: How do you talk to a survivor of gun violence? Everytown For Gun Safety survivor engagement lead Charleen Hoveter,||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Loaded Conversations is a Must-Listen for Americans
The issue of gun violence and how to deal with it has polarized Americans, and it shouldn't. Most of us want the same thing — to protect our loved ones — but we come at it from vastly different directions based on upbringing and beliefs. Some feel it’s a “god-given” right while others just simply hate the government telling them what to do, but 93% of Americans support background checks on all gun sales. What is wrong with that? Why would anyone want a criminal, a potential terrorist on the no-fly list, a domestic abuser, or dangerously mentally ill person to purchase a handgun? I love this podcast as I’m hoping it brings folks back to center. Most gun owners and non gun owners are reasonable people and we all want to protect our kids — to do that, shouldn’t we be doing everything we can to make sure we keep deadly weapons out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them? I know, I know — Criminals don’t obey laws. Right. Well, we sure as heck shouldn’t make it easy for them, and if gun trafficking were a federal crime that would go a long way to stop the flow of guns into the hands of criminals. Nobody wants to take a gun away from a law-abiding citizen. Responsibly lock them up around kids, only sell them to folks who passed a background check, and make trafficking a federal crime. It’s not rocket science and I hope this podcast will help everyone figure that out. I think the issue is less polarizing than the NRA and politicians make it out to be. We can figure this out if they’d stop worrying so much about gun sales and care about human beings instead.
Great episode, insightful, with lots of great information. I am so sorry for her.
Fresh approach to gun violence
Honestly, when I started listening, I was afraid the host would bend over backwards to be fair to the other side. The other side - anyone who feeds into the US's unbelievable gun culture - does not need fairness. But it does help to know how these people see the world and their need for guns. So far, Rebecca seems to be a great guide. She's brave, raw, and witty. She's outraged by things that everyone should be outraged by, but she brings new angles to it. I hope she keeps up, and I hope she doesn't let the gun-nut trolls bum her out. Because I fear they will try...