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Exploring California with Obi Kaufmann’s CA Field Atlas; and A Disarming History of Gun Rights with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

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7am – Exploring California’s Natural Landscapes with Obi Kaufmann, artist, naturalist and author of The California Field Atlas.

8am – The Disarming History of the Second Amendment with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, notable activist, historian and academic, about her new book Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment. She gave appeared in Berkeley, hosted by KPFA on April 25, 2018.

The U.S. loves guns. From Daniel Boone and Jesse James to the NRA and Seal Team 6, gun culture has colored the lore, shaped the law, and protected the market that arms the nation, and the world. In Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz peels away the sacred myths of Americans’ “right to bear arms” to expose the true origins of the Second Amendment, specifically, the connection between  the arming of the earliest Anglo settlers, modern-day policing, and the persistence of white supremacy as a political force. From the nation’s origins in slavery and colonization to today’s right wing “gun lobby,” Loaded presents a U.S. history of firearms that will be invaluable for anyone interested in understanding the interconnected histories of racism and gun violence in the United States.

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