Gun Control

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Mar 21, 2019
Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's statement that the Mueller report should be made public, and the president's continued criticism of the late Senator John McCain. He also comments on an voter registration initiative by former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in Florida, and a ban on military-style semiautomatic weapons in New Zealand after a terrorist attack at two mosques last week. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks with WAMC's Alan Chartock on The Roundtable March 18, 2019.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses a terrorist attack that has killed 49 people in New Zealand. He also comments on the Senate's rejection of President Trump's emergency declaration, and reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may suspend nuclear talks with the U.S. 

Robert Jackson Bennett's "Vigilance" is a dark science fiction action parable from an America that has permanently surrendered to gun violence.

The United States. 2030. John McDean executive produces "Vigilance," a reality game show designed to make sure American citizens stay alert to foreign and domestic threats. Shooters are introduced into a "game environment," and the survivors get a cash prize. The TV audience is not the only one that's watching though, and McDean soon finds out what it's like to be on the other side of the camera.

Robert Jackson Bennett is a two-time award winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original, and is also the 2010 recipient of the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, and a Philip K Dick Award Citation of Excellence.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that U.S. Senator Rand Paul may vote against President Trump's emergency declaration, forcing a veto from the president. He also comments on U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign, which launched Saturday, and gun control efforts in New York state. 

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Mueller investigation, and reports that President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, lied to the FBI, a federal grand jury, and the special counsel. He also comments on gun control in the U.S., one year after the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Roger Stone's appearance in federal court Tuesday, where he pleaded not guilty to several charges related to the Russia investigation. He also comments on a number of gun control measures passed in the New York Legislature Tuesday. 

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses his recent Roundtable interview with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo about the "red flag" gun bill pending vote in the state Legislature. He also comments on progress in Afghan-Taliban peace negotiations, and a New York Times report questioning what U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could mean for the country. 

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses a pair of votes scheduled in the Senate for Thursday on competing bills to end the partial government shutdown. He also comments on New York state legislators passing the Reproductive Health Act to codify Roe v. Wade into state law, and the Supreme Court's first gun rights case in nine years. 

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on some of the top stories and topics of 2018, including press freedom, political division in the U.S., and gun control. He also discusses New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's inaugural address Tuesday at Ellis Island. 

Hailed as “crackling, resonant, humorous” by NPR and written by Emmy Award-nominated Jason Odell Williams, “Church & State” is a provocative, fast-paced and witty look at the life of a politician, whose belief system gets shaken to the core three days before his bid for re-election.

Directed by Charlotte Cohn founding producer of the New York Music Theatre Festival and Mainstreet Musicals, “Church & State” intends to have you talking and Tweeting long after the curtain closes – which is why all shows feature a talkback following the performance.

“Church & State” runs through June 30th at the Unicorn Theatre and features: Judy Jerome, Keira Naughton, Graham Rowat, and Andy Talen.

We welcome Graham Rowat, Director Charlotte Cohn and playwright Jason Odell Williams.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has begun a statewide tour to promote a bill to give teachers and school administrators the power to go to court and ask a judge to confiscate the guns of a student and their family, if they suspect the student might try to harm themselves or others.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about the ongoing immigration debate across the country.  The pair also discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo's push for gun control legislation.

Ralph Gardner Jr: No Hostility Allowed

Jun 9, 2018
Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett and Congressman John Faso (NY-19) at guns and school safety discussion at Hudson High School
Enid Futterman

I held a debate last Friday. The debate was whether to have a drink on my sundeck on a lovely spring evening or go to Hudson High School for a discussion about guns.

Former Long Island Congressman Steve Israel has traded in a political career for one as an author – but, the politics have not been discarded completely – especially as the issue of guns in America continues with massive demonstrations led by the teens who survived the shooting at their high school in Parkland, FL in February.

In his new novel, Big Guns, the gun lobby controls the political direction of the U.S., requiring that every American over the age of four carry a gun. What ensues is a discomfiting, hilarious indictment of the current state of American politics.

The novel is set in a fictional town on Long Island that becomes ground zero for a pitched battle over gun rights and gun control.

Massachusetts State House

A group representing local police chiefs is calling for passage of a bill that would allow firearms to be taken from people who show unstable or potentially dangerous behavior.

VT Gov. Phil Scott
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont's Republican governor is set to sign the first significant gun restrictions in the state's history during a ceremony Wednesday.

Josh Landes

Thousands of people in our region took part in rallies against gun violence over the weekend. Two high schoolers from The Berkshires attended the March For Our Lives march in Washington, D.C.

Senator Chris Murphy

The debate over guns has been reinvigorated by young people.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Democrats announced they would  pass  a package of gun control bills on Tuesday at the State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Things got heated on the New York state Senate floor over a debate on bills that majority party Republicans say will improve school safety. Meanwhile, the state Assembly on Tuesday passed its own set of gun control bills.

Students Meet With Rep. Neal To Talk Gun Reform

Mar 6, 2018
Josh Landes

Around the country, students have been planning walkouts and other protests after the school shooting in Florida last month. On Monday, students in Pittsfield met with one of the top Democrats in the House.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey
Courtesy of the Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey

The school shooting in Florida has reignited an old debate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Nita Lowey speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Congressman Joe Courtney

Americans are divided over guns.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock wraps up his interview with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney.

Karen DeWitt

Democrats in the New York state Senate Wednesday tried to force a vote on gun control legislation to put Republicans on the spot over some GOP Senators’ resistance to the bills.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday expressed frustration with his fellow Democrats on the national level for what he characterized as inaction on gun control.

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New York Senate Democrats are rolling out 12 gun control proposals following the Florida school shooting.

Larry Sharpe
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Libertarian Larry Sharpe is running for governor of New York.

In an interview with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt, Sharpe criticized two-term Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo, who is running for re-election, and the state legislature for passing the SAFE-Act.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on gun control in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. shooting.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's ordering the Justice Department to propose regulations to ban so-called bump stocks and a report showing more than twice as many women are running for Congress this year compared to 2016. 

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and other Senate Democrats at a press conference to advocate for a single payer health care system for New York.
Karen DeWitt

Democrats in the New York state Senate say they will push harder for gun control bills in the wake of the Florida shooting that left 17 dead, and are even considering proposing the measures as hostile amendments.