This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Dec. 19, 2012 for week ending Dec. 28, 2012


Will the Slaughter of the Innocents in Newtown Lead to Gun Law Reform in U.S.?

By Scott Harris and Anna Manzo

We produce Between The Lines every week about 25 minutes south of Newtown, Conn., and like people around the world, were shocked and sickened to hear of the unspeakable slaughter of 20 innocent children and 6 adults that took place Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Read our blog post which includes a variety of articles, featuring both commentary and analysis of the Newtown massacre - including some very powerful personal testimonies from people whose lives were touched by senseless violence and their observations of the lessons we could learn from the children lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Listen to the entire program using these links, or to individual interviews via the links appearing prior to each segment description below.

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Will the Slaughter of the Innocents in Newtown, Conn. be a Catalyst for Stricter Gun Laws?

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Interview with Joshua Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, conducted by Scott Harris


Millions felt shock and horror as the nation and the world learned of the unspeakable slaughter of 20 innocent children and 6 teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, Dec. 14. The facts as we know them are that 20-year-old Newtown resident Adam Lanza killed his mother with a gun she owned, and then drove to the school where he used a military-style Bushmaster AR-15 automatic rifle to murder the 6- and 7-year-olds and their teachers in their classrooms before killing himself.  Story continues

Michael Moore, Award-winning Director of "Bowling for Columbine," Reflects on Newtown Massacre and America’s Culture of Violence

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excerpt of speech recorded by Melinda Tuhus and produced by Scott Harris


On the evening of Friday, Dec. 14, folk singing legend Pete Seeger and singer/actor Harry Belafonte hosted a concert at New York City’s Beacon Theatre titled, "Bring Leonard Peltier Home in 2012." Peltier, a native American activist and a member of the American Indian Movement, was arrested after two FBI agents, Jack Coler and Ronald Williams were killed in a 1975 shootout on the Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux reservation in South Dakota.  Story continues

Why Closing Offshore Corporate Tax Loopholes Should Play a Key Role in Fiscal Cliff Budget Negotiations

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Interview with Eric LeCompte, executive director of the Jubilee USA Network, conducted by Scott Harris


With less than two weeks before the deadline for concluding the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, President Obama and Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner have reportedly moved closer to an agreement on both generating new revenue and budget cuts. Without a deal between the White House and Congress before Jan. 1, all Americans will see an automatic tax increase of $500 billion and $109 billion in domestic and Pentagon spending cuts.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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