Gun Violence

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... June 6,2019 Show 590 Hour 1

A former deputy who failed to enter the building to confront a shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has been arrested on 11 criminal charges.

At least 12 people are dead after a city employee went on a shooting rampage inside a municipal building in Virginia Beach last week.

SDPB blogger Kevin Woster writes about the upcoming National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

March For Our Lives Vermillion

Mar 20, 2018

In The Moment ... March 20, 2018 Show 300 Hour 1

On March 24, students and adults plan to take to the streets for March Four Our Lives. Vermillion march organizers are one of 500 groups receiving a grant from Everytown for Gun Safety. The goal is to send a message about ending gun violence and mass shootings in schools.

Event organizers Ellie Pyles and Katie Meirose discuss the event.

In The Moment ... March 8, 2018 Show 292 Hour 2

Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell hosts "Triggers: A Critical Conversation About Guns and Mental Health in America." It's a look at different perspectives on gun rights and young adult mental health in America.

Alisha Vincent is Executive Director of the McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service at Dakota Wesleyan University

John Gruber is a guest speaker at the event and is with the Illinois Council Against Gun Violence. He was Senior Manager with the Brady Campaign

In the Moment ... February 28, 2018 Show 286 Hour 1

We continue our conversations about school safety and the prevention of mass shootings. Today we welcome Brian Maher, Superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District.

In The Moment ... February 22, 2018 Show 282 Hour 1

Kevin Woster joins In the Moment weekly. Today we talk about mass shootings and what kinds of conversations move America toward solutions rather than further division.

In The Moment ... February 21, 2018 Show 281 Hour 2

Roger Whittle, Managing Editor, Watertown Public Opinion, and Jonathan Ellis, Reporter/Columnist, Argus Leader Media, join us for a look at the week's top headlines in state politics. Today's topics include efforts to curb refugee resettlement in the state as well as calls from state lawmakers for school districts to train armed "sentinels."

 

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In The Moment ... October 4, 2017 Show 191 Hour 2

Seth Tupper and Denise Ross join us this week as we unpack the state's top political headlines. After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, this week we look at response from South Dakota's members of Congress as well as comments from gubernatorial candidate Marty Jackley about his thoughts on preserving 2nd Amendment rights for South Dakotans.

University of South Dakota

A research conference covering topics like transgender rights and gender based violence starts Mar. 22 on the campus of the University of South Dakota.

Hosted by USD's women, gender and sexuality program, this year's theme, "Cultures of Change" includes a lecture by a man who witnessed a drive by mass shooting that targeted women.

In 2014, Siavash "Vash"  Zohoori, a student at the University of California - Santa Barbara, was out on his bike getting food.

On December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook elementary school teacher Kaitlin Roig began her morning by encouraging first graders to get excited for the day.

Moments later she was stuffing her students into a tiny bathroom, sheltering them while a gunman outside her classroom opened fire. She and her students lived to endure the aftermath of violence, but 20 other students and six teachers did not.

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President Obama has announced new regulations and more stringent background checks for anyone who wants to purchase a firearm. 

Meanwhile, in South Dakota 2015 saw a spike in the number of concealed pistol permits, the permits allow a citizen who has completed a background check to legally hide and carry a handgun.  

While a state issued conceal carry permit requires a background check it doesn’t necessarily streamline the federal background checks needed to purchase a firearm.  Some state lawmakers hope that can change.
 

The Dakota Political Junkies discuss this week's South Dakota headlines. Denise Ross is an editor with Black Hills Knowledge Network/South Dakota Dashboard. Roger Whittle is managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. Today's conversation highlights the impact of President Obama's executive order to expand background checks on gun purchases.

Ross and Whittle also weigh in on the continuing Keystone XL Pipeline debate, what voters have to say on the subject of a wheel tax in Pennington County, and why Democrats are suffering in South Dakota.