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In Newtown, Connecticut, the latest of this year's multiple shootings killed six adults and 20 first-graders last Friday, none of them older than seven.  Some call this the moment for action. Others warn about unintended consequences. With 300 million guns in circulation, what are the options? Also, Speaker Boehner opens to higher taxes on incomes over $1 million, and as we try to understand what may be incomprehensible, we run the risk of stigmatizing innocent people.

Banner image: Frederic Poirot

Producers:
Evan George
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Making News Boehner Open to Higher Taxes on Incomes over $1 Million 7 MIN, 37 SEC

As the fiscal cliff deadline gets closer and closer, House Speaker John Boehner was back at the White House today. White House spokesman Lori Montgomery is economic policy reporter for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Lori Montgomery, Washington Post (@loriamontgomery)

Main Topic Will the Newtown Massacre Be a Game Changer? 37 MIN, 7 SEC

As the funerals of 20 murdered first-graders are under way, calls are increasing for President Obama's "leadership" on gun control. After past multiple killings, he's called for a "conversation" but, despite shrill claims from pro-the gun lobby, never for concrete action. An unspeakable tragedy is the moment gun-control advocates have been waiting for, while others warn against "politicizing" a tragedy. We look at the options.

Guests:
Reid Wilson, Washington Post (@PostReid)
Gregg Lee Carter, Bryant University (@BryantUniv)
Jacob Sullum, Reason magazine (@jacobsullum)
Jim Kessler, Third Way (@thirdwaykessler)
Ron Avi Astor, University of Southern California (@USCSocialWork)

School Violence in Context

Ron Avi Astor and Rami Benbenishty

Reporter's Notebook The Danger in Stigmatizing Asperger's Syndrome 6 MIN, 4 SEC

Without much real information, it's been widely reported that Adam Lanza had — or might have had -- Asperger's Syndrome. Ron Fournier, Editorial Director of the National Journal, discusses the risk of stigmatization.

Guests:
Ron Fournier, National Journal (@ron_fournier)

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