Gun Culture In America Explained
There many differing interpretations of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution that guarantees citizens the right to bear arms. Over the years and especially the last few decades numerous, federal, state and local lawmakers have sought to define what the limits of those rights should be where they live. Those efforts have included the right to open carry, conceal carry and now a bill in congress would make the owning and use of silencers legal (something law enforcement has been against for decades).
Host Teresa Wilke talks with Don Haider-Markel, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Kansas University, in Lawrence Kansas. They will be discussing gun culture in America and why of if guns really are loved by the American people.
International Wrongful Conviction Day
We have been taught from an early age that the American justice system is there to protect us from harm and to punish those that do harm to us. It is also implied that our system is the fairest system on the planet and beyond question the most infallible on the planet. We have been duped. Our adversarial justice system has been made into a money machine that is used to make some rich and others very powerful. Monetizing our justice system has pushed justice and truth to the side in favor of making money off prisons and courtroom representation. The lure of money fosters corruption and many innocent people going to prison. Today October 2nd is International Wrongful Conviction Day. http://www.intlwrongfulconvictionday.org/
Host Latahra Smith of the KC Freedom Project talks with the Father of Keith Carnes a wrongfully convicted citizen in Missouri to talk about how his son’s conviction has effected their family.
What you can do – https://youtu.be/V6eXCNTpOUo
A message from Ricky Kidd another wrongfully convicted Missouri citizen –
It is my hope that wrongful conviction day becomes a reality to people everyday. Because everyday, everywhere someone is being wrongfully sent to prison or wrongfully sitting in prison. WE MUST collectively make wrongful convictions a part of our on going agenda in this country! Many state attorney general’s and local D.A. offices rather we ignore it. WE CAN’T! WE MUST NOT! WE MUST BE HEARD! There is a moral obligation and a financial impact if we leave injustice unchecked. It takes $20,000 a year to house the wrong person who then spends on average 20 years in prison before exoneration. That’s $400,000 multiplied by an estimated 100,000 wrongfully convicted individuals. (5 percent of our prison population) That’s 400 billion dollars over 20 years! How many schools could we fund? Educations we could pay for? Community projects could we support? Roads could be repaired? Or properly provide funds for our failing public defender systems across this country! Innocence is not an individual issue! We all must stand up to say no longer, no more! Start holding our elected officials responsible at the polling booths! Let them know that when they lose our vote of confidence, they lose our vote at the ballot! #WrongfulConvictionDay #InnocentLivesMatter
JoJR Calendar for October 2nd
People Power KC, SURJ-KC, Kansas/Missouri DREAM Alliance and others will hold a Clean DREAM Act action today October 2nd from Noon to 1 pm at Senator Claire McCaskill’s office, 4141 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO. You can join then to demand that Senator McCaskill support a clean DREAM ACT with no other add-ons attached to the bill such as, additional funding for ICE agents, a border wall, or further border militarization.
The Criminal Justice Task Force will meet Monday October 2nd from 6:45 to 8:45 pm at the Church of the Good Shepard, 4947 Chouteau Drive, KCMO. The Criminal Justice Task Force mission is to lobby the Missouri State Legislature for sentencing laws that are fair and basic human rights for those that are incarcerated. For information contact Robin Johnson at 816-522-4081 or email: [email protected]
The Kansas City Chapter of Missourian’s For Altenatives to the Death Penalty will meet Tuesday, October 3rd from 6:30 to 8pm at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KCMO.
The Kansas City Chapter of Empower Missouri’s First Friday Forum will be Friday, October 6th 11:30am – 1:00pm at the Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Rd, KCMO.
Communities Creating Opportunity invites you to join a Neighborhood Violence Response Team to support victims’ families, connect with at-risk youth, and create safe communities for all. You can join them for an orientation and training: Sat., October 7th from 10am to 1pm at Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 2310 Linwood Blvd, KCMO. Lunch will be provided, you should RSVP by going to the CCO Face Book page and clicking on the Violence and Trauma Response Training link.