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Mass Shootings Prompt Renewed Calls For Gun Safety Legislation

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President Joe Biden speaks about the shooting in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with political scientists Donna Hoffman of the University of Northern Iowa and Jim McCormick of Iowa State University about the gun violence debate and change in Iowa’s handgun laws awaiting Governor Kim Reynolds' signature.

Also, a discussion about how President Joe Biden wants to reshape the American economy and what to do about the sharp rise in the number of migrants fleeing violence, natural disasters, and economic hardship in Central America.


  • Donna Hoffman, professor of political science, University of Northern Iowa
  • Jim McCormick, professor of political science, Iowa State University
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Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa