President Obama's Gun-Control Action And Local Gun Issues; Movie Mayhem: Star Wars! | WYPR

President Obama's Gun-Control Action And Local Gun Issues; Movie Mayhem: Star Wars!

Jan 8, 2016

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President Obama’s executive actions on gun regulation, announced on January 12th, seek, in part, to put more muscle behind enforcement of current federal statutes.  One gun policy expert applauds the White House move:

“What President Obama did with these new executive actions is to actually give the federal government better capabilities to enforce the laws on the books, and this is meaningful.”

Dr. Daniel Webster is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, and the chair of Baltimore’s Homicide Commission.  We begin today with a conversation with Dr. Webster about what the federal and state governments can do legislatively to reverse the horrendous uptick in the number of homicides and shootings in Baltimore.

And we're joined once again by our Movie Mavens -- Jed Dietz, Director of the Maryland Film Festival,  and Ann Hornaday, film critic for the Washington Post.  They weigh in with their suggestions about what to see at the cinema this winter season, as the Golden Globe and Oscar competitions heat up, and discuss with Tom the powerful role violence plays in some of this season's movies -- an issue Ann Hornaday discusses in greater depth in her Critic's Notebook column in the Washington Post.