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Is Trump Changing Tune On Gun Control?

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President Donald Trump walks out of the Oval Office to speak with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Washington. Trump is headed to Kentucky.

President Donald Trump expressed support for background checks in the days following two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio and then appeared to walk back those statements this week. Did a meeting with NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre change his mind? The President says no, clarifying that he still wants to "close loopholes," in the background check system.

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Jonathan Hassid, associate professor of political science at Iowa State University and Rachel Caufield, professor of political science at Drake University, about what seems to be growing public support for new gun restrictions including so-called "red flag" laws, as well as the rest of the week's political news.

Guests:

  • Jonathan Hassid, associate professor of political science at Iowa State University
  • Rachel Caufield, professor of political science at Drake University

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk