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Guns have been part of American culture since the beginning, but outrage over the latest atrocity has strengthened the chances for gun control.  How does the debate in Washington sound in the inner cities—where gun violence is a daily fact of life? Also, Cardinal Mahony's handling of the sex abuse scandal gets a rare rebuke, and something new in the run-up to the Super Bowl. What some players are saying is actually interesting.

Banner image: John Trumbull's painting of the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17 1775

Reporter's Notebook Players Sound Off ahead of Super Bowl 9 MIN, 27 SEC

In the week before Super Bowl Sunday, tradition calls for endless interviews with nobody saying anything that's worth listening to. By this point in Super Bowl week, some sports reporters are wearing funny hats "just to keep everyone from dozing off." That's according to Lynn Zinser of the New York Times. But this year, she reports, everyone other than San Francisco's quarterback Colin Kaepernick was "chasing controversial topics like kids chase butterflies."

Guests:
Lynn Zinser, New York Times (@zinsernyt)

Making News Mahony's Handling of Sex Abuse Scandal Gets a Rare Rebuke 7 MIN, 43 SEC

Last night the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles posted tens of thousands of documents involving the sexual abuse of children by 122 priests — without covering up any names. Archbishop José Gomez took unprecedented action against his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, barring him from any public ministry. Dennis Coday is Editor of the National Catholic Reporter, an independent news outlet.

Guests:
Dennis Coday, National Catholic Reporter (@dcoday)

Main Topic American History and the Politics of Gun Control 33 MIN, 40 SEC

A mystery to people from other countries, America's gun culture is as old as the Revolution, enshrined in the Bill of Rights, perpetuated by the Civil War and mythologized as "how the West was won." But, since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, even gun owners are joining the movement for gun regulation — at the same time supporting the 2nd Amendment. The NRA is still warning about a plot for gun confiscation, but it's hunkering down for a major battle in Washington. We hear from gun owners on both sides and go to the inner cities, where gun violence is epidemic despite tough gun restrictions. If city kids can get around local controls, is that an argument for cracking down at the state and federal level?

Guests:
Jeffrey Richardson, The Autry (@TheAutry)
David Fellerath, Indyweek (@dfellerath)
Jim Tomes, Indiana State Senate
Gerald Vernon, Chicago Firearms Safety Association
Wayne Bennett, TheFieldNegro.com (@fieldnegro)

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