Since 2005 writer, director, and guerilla filmmaker Chris Hume has been crisscrossing the United States on what he calls a “red state road trip.” It’s been a long and sometimes strange trip and here in episode eight, season 2 Hume looks at just how easy it is to buy a gun. Or military assault weapons, which are legal in numerous states, Red and Blue, from Texas and Kentucky to Washington and Maine.

On average, there are 32 gun homicides a day in the United States. The same number killed in the Virginia Tech Massacre and significantly more than the daily loss of US soldiers in Iraq. A war on our streets.

Hume travels to Chicago where he interviews local residents affected by gun violence. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in D.C. v Heller, which interprets the second amendment as giving individuals the right to bear arms, perhaps we should rethink what is behind a cycle of violence that Ron Holt, a Chicago police officer, calls an “ongoing, unacceptable abnormality.” Watch episode eight of red state road trip and find out more here.

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.