Jerry Brown says California needs a Governor with "an insider's knowledge and an outsider's mind." We ask him how that translates into specific plans to resolve the state's $20 billion deficit and restore it to greatness in the next four years. Also, could driver error be behind Toyota’s acceleration problem? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, support for gun control has been dropping fast, and gun sales have been going up. Some advocates are now focused on carrying unconcealed weapons — even at Starbucks. As the debate changes, where's the Obama Administration?
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When Barack Obama was elected President, the National Rifle Association predicted a massive effort at gun control, and gun sales shot up last year by 39%. But when Chicago's ban on handguns was challenged last week in the US Supreme Court, the Obama Administration was silent.
Robert Weisberg, Stanford University (@StanfordLaw)
John Pierce, Co-founder, OpenCarry.org
Paul Helmke, President, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Saul Cornell, Professor of American History, Fordham University
If you're old enough, Jerry Brown needs no introduction. If you're not, the current Attorney General of California was Secretary of State and Governor in the 1970's. He ran for President three times, then spent eight years as Mayor of Oakland. Now he wants to be Governor all over again.
We've talked at length about Toyota's problems with sudden acceleration. Now the Obama Administration says it might require "smart pedals" on all cars. Richard Schmidt, Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Psychology at UCLA, helped investigated unintended acceleration problems with the Audi 5000 in the 1980's. On today's New York Times op-ed page, he said that smart pedals may not get to the real problem.
Richard Schmidt, Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Psychology, UCLA
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