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The killers in San Bernardino have been tied to ISIS, although the White House is still waiting for the FBI to call it "domestic terrorism." Meantime, the latest reports have renewed the battle over gun control. Is gun control an answer to homegrown terror?

Later on the program, the Defense Department makes history: all combat roles are now open to women.

Photo: Peter Stevens

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Paul von Zielbauer
Sarah Sweeney

San Bernardino Gunwoman Pledged Her Allegiance to ISIS 6 MIN, 30 SEC

On the day she and her husband killed 14 people and wounded 21 more, Tashfeen Malik went on Facebook to pledge allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. That’s according to federal law enforcement officials. Peter Bergen is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and national security analyst for CNN.

Guests:
Peter Bergen, CNN / New America Foundation (@peterbergencnn)

Is Gun Control an Answer to Homegrown Terror? 33 MIN, 42 SEC

Investigators report that the female killer in San Bernardino pledged allegiance to ISIS on Facebook on the day the mass shooting occurred. It's not clear if the couple was directed by ISIS or only inspired, but it's more evidence that homegrown terrorism in the United States is a reality. The FBI and other agencies are monitoring hundreds of people in the hope of preventing similar crimes. Will all this increase the pressure for gun control, or will more Americans arm themselves in preparation for their worst nightmares?

Guests:
Adam Winkler, University of California, Los Angeles (@adamwinkler)
Frank Ciffullo, George Washington University (@gwcchs)
Michael Hammond, Gun Owners of America
Craig Whitney, author and journalist (@craigrw)
Frank Rich, New York magazine (@frankrichny)

More:
Center for Cyber and Homeland Security on ISIS in the US
Quinnipiac University Poll on danger from homegrown jihadists, refugees
Whitney's 'Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment'
President Obama on the unacceptable pattern of mass shootings in America

Gunfight

Adam Winkler

Pentagon Opens Combat Jobs to Women, 'No Exceptions' 9 MIN, 43 SEC

The US Defense Department may be making history by opening all combat roles to women, but advocates say that's just recognizing what's been true for a long time.


US Army Spc. Rebecca Buck
Photo: Tech. Sgt. William Greer/USAF

At the Pentagon yesterday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters that as long as they qualify and meet specific standards, women will be doing "everything else that was previously open only to men." Anne Coughlin is a professor at the University of Virginia Law School. Her research led to the filing of the first lawsuit that challenged the exclusion of women from ground combat.

Guests:
Anne Coughlin, University of Virginia School of Law (@UVALaw)

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