May 26, 2022 • 57M

The cost of our culture wars-our children.

A frank discussion on rising gun violence in America with Mary McCord, former Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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In American usage, "culture war" may imply a conflict between those values considered traditionalist or conservative and those considered progressive or liberal. This usage originated in the 1920s when urban and rural American values came into closer conflict. This followed several decades of immigration to the States by people who earlier European immigrants considered 'alien.'

In today’s special episode, I cover the historic and tragic gun violence we have experienced this week. Starting in New York, at a Tops Family supermarket, which left ten people dead and three wounded and six days later at an elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which has left nineteen children and two teachers dead. It was the deadliest school shooting in the United States in a decade.

I asked Mary McCord to come on the show to discuss these recent massacres.

McCord is the Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. At ICAP, McCord leads a team that brings constitutional impact litigation at all levels of the federal and state courts across a wide variety of areas, including First Amendment rights, immigration, criminal justice reform, and combating the rise of private paramilitaries.

McCord was the Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2016 to 2017 and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security from 2014 to 2016.

Previously, McCord was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for nearly 20 years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

After we were both on the ABC News/Hulu Documentary Home Grown: from Stand Off to Rebellion we have become friends.

Yesterday, McCord just had an Opinion Guest Essay published in the New York Times about these subjects.

Last year, she submitted a brief, along with dozens of other former national security and law enforcement officials, to the Supreme Court in the latest gun case to come before the justices.

Courtesy photo of Mary McCord - former Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice.

A Twitter post referenced in the episode was tweeted out by the firearms dealer that sold the assault rifles to an 18-year-old on his birthday just before he went on a rampage at an elementary school Shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which has left Nineteen children and two teachers dead in a massacre at an elementary school.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We accidentally uploaded this article's unedited version instead of the final version due to a glitch. We corrected this 20 minutes later after it came to our attention.

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