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Political science Professor Matthew discusses how Jeb Bush changed the role of Florida Governor

01/07/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)

Tags: Matthew Corrigan, Jeb Bush, Florida, gun control, NRA, Jim Gilmore.


Joining us today on Radioactivity is Matthew Corrigan, Ph.D. Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida. His recently released book, Conservative Hurricane:How Jeb Bush Remade Florida, outlines how the former Florida governor changed the nature of the office since his two-term run from 1999-2007. Later we discuss gun control and the NRA with Jim Gilmore, who worked as an editor and producer on the PBS Frontline documentary *Gun...

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FL Democrats take issue with bill banning insurance "discrimination" against gun owners that's heading to governor's desk listen

04/22/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: guns, Florida Legislature, Race, discrimination, NRA


The Florida House has passed a bill preventing insurance companies from discriminating against people who own guns. But several Democrats, like Clovis Watson, Jr. from Gainesville, took issue with using the word “discrimination.”

"As a gun owner, as someone who believes in the 2nd Amendment, as someone who's a descendant of slaves, it concerns me with the word 'discrimination' when we're speaking of firearms. As someone who owns a firearm and who believes in the 2nd Amendment. And when yo...

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How Does the Nation Reduce Gun Violence?

05/08/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Coming up for the hour we’ll have two leading experts on gun violence. We’ll open the phone lines and take your phone calls.

First- this past weekend the NRA held it’s national convention in Texas….

As the convention opened—one of the Keynote speakers—Glenn Beck gave this talk to an audience in Houston.


Conservative commentator Glenn Beck speaking to a group last week in Houston.

Our guests today are Ladd Everi...

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Do "Gun Free Zones" Invite Gun Deaths? And A Leading Muslim American Human Rights Activist Speaks Out

04/04/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll look at those proposals from the NRA for school safety. We’ll talk with a journalist from Mother Jones Magazine who has been covering the gun safety issue closely since the Newtown massacre.

Later we’ll talk with a leading Muslim American civil rights activist……

But first: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is blaming the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers for the reluctance among many of he...


Civil Rights Pioneer and Tampa Native Dr. Bernard Lafayette

02/04/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Our next guest is Bernard Lafayette who was born in Tampa. He is a longtime civil rights activist and organizer, who was a leader in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. He played a leading role in early organizing of the Selma, Alabama, voting rights campaign; was a member of the Nashville Student Movement; and worked closely throughout the 1960s movements with groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Amer...

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Callers aren't sold on need for new Rays stadium; mixed opinions on gun control

01/30/13 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Where will Tampa Bay’s Major League Baseball team play a decade from now?

The team seems to be saying it wants out its lease of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg but wants to stay in the region.

St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster wants the Rays to stay in his city.

This week Pinellas County officials said they are open to the team considering regional options.

The Rays spoke with Hillsborough County Commissioners last week.

We heard from listeners about their opinions.

We also c...

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President Obama announces executive actions to curb gun violence & wants Congress to beef up background checks & ban assault weapons listen

01/16/13 wire reports
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama has announced a $500 million package of executive actions and legislative proposals aimed at reducing gun violence a month after a mass shooting in Connecticut killed 20 elementary school children. Obama signed 23 executive actions — which require no congressional approval — including several aimed at improving access to data for background checks. A presidential memorandum will instruct the Centers for Disease Control to research causes and prevention of gun violen...

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The Surprising History of the National Rifle Association

01/14/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk with author Steven Rosenfeld who has been looking into the history of the NRA and recent gun laws. And he's found some surprising things: that for most of the 20th Century the NRA was one of the country's foremost gun control organizations- it even helped draft tough gun laws. He also writes that some prominent conservative constitutional scholars- so called originalists- take strong issue with recent court decisio...

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Hillsborough County Commission wants task force on gun violence but balks at idea of gun buy-back -- for now listen

01/09/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Wednesday the Hillsborough County Commission put aside a suggestion to organize gun buy-back programs to reduce crime. But the idea may come back as soon as next month among the suggestions for a task force to reduce gun violence. Commissioner Kevin Beckner recommended forming a task force – it was unanimously approved by the board.

"To direct staff to make recommendations for convening a task force under the County Administrator's office. They consist of at least law enforcement agenci...


Gun control: How it varies from state to state

12/27/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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In the wake of the latest gun-shooting massacre in America, lawmakers are talking for the first time in years about seriously trying to pass gun-control measures.

Earlier this year the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released a report grading each individual state in terms of its gun control laws, and matching statistics to how many deaths occur in the states due to gun violence.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence's Executive Director, Robyn Thomas, spoke to WMNF in the first 15 ...

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