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Questions After Uvalde: How Do We Address The Underlying Issues Behind School Shootings, And What Should The Response Be When They Do Happen?

Published June 9, 2022 at 9:58 AM PDT
Teachers watch a replay of their results after they interacted with a video simulator that creates an active shooter scenario in a school during a training session on September 25, 2019 in Provo, Utah. The 20 hour, six week course trains teachers to handle active shooter incidents in schools.
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Teachers watch a replay of their results after they interacted with a video simulator that creates an active shooter scenario in a school during a training session on September 25, 2019 in Provo, Utah. The 20 hour, six week course trains teachers to handle active shooter incidents in schools.

Questions After Uvalde: How Do We Address The Underlying Issues Behind School Shootings, And What Should The Response Be When They Do Happen?

Active Shooter Training Uvalde 6.9.22

In the two weeks since the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two adults, the slow response time of law enforcement officers has been a major focus of discussion. The massacre also raised questions around how schools can and should prepare for an active shooter. Many point out that these horrific shootings stem from systemic issues, and it shouldn’t fall on teachers and kids to respond to them. Even the creator of the FBI’s active shooter program has questioned whether active shooter training can work. Today on AirTalk, Larry speaks with Katherine Schweit, creator & former head of the FBI’s active shooter program, adjunct professor at DePaul College of Law, and author of the book “Stop the Killing: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis”(Rowman & Littlefield, 2021) about how we address the underlying issues behind and the responses to shootings in schools.

We Look At Why Voter Turnout This Election Was So Low, And Ask Listeners Why They Sat This One Out

Why Low Turn Out 6.9.22

Los Angeles County has 400,000 ballots left to process, according to county registrar Dean Logan. The final results of races may be affected by the remaining ballots but voter turnout would still be dismal for Los Angeles. Turnout for a midterm primary typically isn’t going to be high, but with so many contests on the ballot, the lack of enthusiasm in the polls caught many off guard.

Today on AirTalk, we talk about this primary election’s low voter turnout with KPCC & LAist early childhood reporter Mariana Dale and Mindy Romero, founder and director of the Center for Inclusive Democracy at USC. We also hear from listeners about why they or someone close to them chose not to vote.

With files from LAist

USC's Center for Inclusive Democracy has created an interactive database for voter turnout in Los Angeles County. Learn more about it here.

COVID-19 AMA: Vaccines For Kids Under 5, New Omicron Subvariants And More

Covid Update 6.9.22

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center.

Topics today include:

  • Study shows Moderna’s vaccine designed to fight Omicron produced a stronger immune response  
  • California’s COVID picture 
  • Will the end of the school year help California get ahead of COVID-19? 
  • The COVID death rate for white Americans has recently exceeded the rates for Black, Latino and Asian Americans 
  • U.S. prepares to distribute COVID shots to children under 5 
  • White House to shift funds from testing to buy more vaccines and treatments 

Triple Play: Angels Manager Joe Maddon Strikes Out, Plus The Latest Dodger News

Tripple Play 6.9.22

The Los Angeles Angels’ free fall from having one of the best records in the American League to a disastrous losing streak cost Joe Maddon his job Tuesday.

General manager Perry Minasian recommended making the move to owner Arte Moreno, then drove to Maddon’s house to give him the news. Third base coach Phil Nevin will be the interim manager for the rest of the season. The Angels tied a club record with their 13th straight loss Tuesday night, falling 6-5 to the Boston Red Sox in 10 innings. The Angels — who are 27-30 — lost 13 straight during the 1988-89 seasons. The defeat surpasses the 1988 mark for longest single-season skid in club history. Today, we convene The Triple Play with Nick Roman, host of KPCC’s All Things Considered and A Martinez, host of NPR’s Morning Edition and the Up First podcast, to talk about the Angels, plus the latest Dodger news.

With files from the Associated Press  

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