Audio Essay: The Lone Gunman

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Takeaway's host John Hockenberry. (

In the past few weeks we've seen the power of a single person wielding only the weapons he could carry: in Toulouse, France, in a village in Afghanistan, in a peaceful gated community in Florida. In our age of instant communication a single armed person IS an entire army, with a power sometimes greater than that of a traditional army.

In an audio essay, John Hockenberry talks about lone gunmen.

Hosted by:

John Hockenberry

Produced by:

Jay Cowit and Zachary Dinerstein

Comments [2]


Come on, John. Why not read off statistics about how many peoples' lives and health are saved because they have a gun to defend themselves with? Why not talk about how everything can be twisted to be used for wrongdoing, from religion to Vicodin?

There is, admittedly, far too much ridiculousness occurring with the use of guns in this world, but I could say that about many things. Just because one idiot ought not to have a gun, should the rest of us not be allowed responsible gun ownership and use?

Mar. 23 2012 07:12 PM
Sheldon Freedman from New York

What was the purpose of this piece? And the audio collage of horrific lone gun murderers, the litany of outrageous crimes? You say it's not to advocate for gun control, you say it's to ask the question of guns are weapons of mass destruction? What kind of question is that? It's not a question. The purpose of your piece was cheap exploitation of recent lone gun news stories, to stoke the fear of the listening public by telling them there is no defence, to trade on the shock value of horrific news. You guys are low.

Mar. 23 2012 11:58 AM

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