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Episode 52

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September 20, 2015 19:30

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It's one thing to talk about gun violence, it's quite another to see it up
close on live television. In this episode of Sword and Scale we take you back
to one of the first examples of a life being lost on live television: the
suicide of Budd Dwyer, an American politician who had been convicted of bribe
receiving. However, before his sentence of 55 years' imprisonment and a
$300,000 fine could be imposed Dwyer chose to take his life with a blued Smith
& Wesson Model 27 .357 Magnum revolver at a press conference he had himself
called. A few weeks ago we were once again exposed to a display of gun
violence on live television, when disgruntled reporter Vester Lee Flanagan II
who also went by the alias, Bryce Williams, shot and killed a young reporter
and cameraman and injured a third innocent woman. The media has refused to
show the footage of this killing, giving one reason or another for their
censorship of newsworthy information. ABC News and the local Sheriff's
department have also refused to release the killer's 23-page manifesto despite
the Freedom of Information Act, citing some nonsense about glorifying the
killer. They have, on the other hand, provided 24-hour news coverage about the
event and named the killer repeatedly. The father of the reporter that was
killed, Andy Parker, has vowed to shame lawmakers into creating some
meaningful legislation rather than kowtowing to the NRA's lobbyists. In his
words, "We’ve got to do something about crazy people getting guns." Read more
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