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How Virginia’s Gun Rally Dodged a Bullet

People feared that a Richmond protest would devolve into violence. But that didn’t happen.

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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.

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Episode Notes

Earlier this week, gun rights activists arrived outside the capitol building in Richmond, Virginia, to rally against proposed gun control laws. Some people worried the event would turn into another Charlottesville. But even though thousands of people hoisted their guns and made threats against the government, there was no violence. What happened to bring tensions down?

Guest: Lois Beckett, senior reporter for the Guardian. Read her coverage of gun politics and gun violence.

Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, Danielle Hewitt, and Mara Silvers.