There are 97 guns for every 100 Americans, and in the last decade, 140,000 U.S. citizens have died from guns. Yet, gun control appears to be a politically dead issue even though a majority of gun owners are in favor of sensible restrictions. Joining us to discuss the proliferation of guns and the lack of controls are Stephen Higgins, the former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Colin Goddard, a survivor of the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. Goddard, who is featured in the prize-winning documentary Living for 32, is an accidental crusader for stricter gun laws, and Higgens has spent his career trying to reduce the number of guns and victims of gun violence in America.
This ongoing series of timely, thought-provoking events addresses current social and political issues.
Hammer Forum is moderated by Ian Masters, journalist, author, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and host of the radio programs Background Briefing, Sundays at 11AM, and The Daily Briefing, Monday through Thursday at 5PM, on KPFK 90.7 FM.
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Armed and Insecure has received support from The David Bohnett Foundation.