On October 1, 2015 a shooter used six guns to murder nine people on the Oregon Community College campus. In light of the tragic event, our hosts pause to lament, reflect, process, and discuss the day itself, as well as the issues it has come to represent.
Lucero Alcaraz, 19
Treven Taylor Anspach, 20
Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18
Quinn Glen Cooper, 18
Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59
Lucas Eibel, 18
Jason Dale Johnson, 34
Lawrence Levine, 67
Sarena Dawn Moore, 44
Is Buying Call of Duty a Moral Choice? (youtube video about firearms in video games)
Regulate Guns Like Cars (article)
Bernie Sanders reacts to Oregon campus shooting (video interview)
Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason Michel Foucalt (book)
Is This Working? (This American Life episode on the School-to-Prison pipeline)
Allen’s 10 Point Plan To Curb Gun Violence (mentioned throughout the episode)
- Mandatory psych evals for all school-age children (like we do with tests for scoliosis in PE classes).
- Ban all privately-owned guns that can easily kill entire crowds of people.
- No weapons for anyone with violent priors.
- Decrease the amount of weapons on the street:
- Make owning more than two firearms per person illegal.
- Tax businesses that manufacture and sell weapons as hard as those that sell cigarettes.
- Dramatically increase the buyback programs and rewards for surrendering privately held guns.
- Dump taxpayer money into the research of less-than-lethal weaponry, awarding contracts and prizes to private companies with best solutions.
- Reduce the number of on-screen deaths witnessed by children with laws that make the dramatization of homicide more taboo than sex acts.
- Federally mandated conflict resolution training for all public school students.
- Government funded campaign to make gun culture “uncool” like the campaigns against cigarettes in the 90’s (which were doing great until this whole vape crap).
- Allow the CDC to research gun violence.
- Ban the unlicensed sale of firearms and ammunition.
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