December 19 - The NRA's "Gun Rights" a Modern Fabrication; The Myth of Armed Citizens Winning America's Freedom; An Examination of the Benghazi Report

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We begin with an analysis of the legal history of the Second Amendment which has been interpreted by the NRA and gun rights activists to bestow constitutional rights on the unrestricted ownership and use of guns in America. Professor of History and Chair of Education at New York University, Jonathan Zimmerman joins us to discuss his article in the Christian Science Monitor “Sandy Hook: The NRA’s Gun ‘Rights' Are a Fabrication of Modern Times”. zimmerman

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Then we speak with Michael Lind, who has an article at Salon.com “Guns Have Never Saved Us”. We further discuss how gun advocates have misread the Second Amendment and examine the real historical record that shatters the cherished myth America won its freedom from the Red Coats because of individual gun-ownership and that an armed citizenry protects our liberties from government tyranny.

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Then finally we look into the findings of a report by an independent panel who investigated the Benghazi incident that Fox News and the Republicans have been trying to blow up into a major foreign policy issue. The author of “America’s Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st Century Diplomacy” and former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent Nicholas Kralev joins us. He has travelled the world with four U.S. Secretaries of State – Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright.

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