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How Gun-Makers Are Arming the Culture War

Manufacturers follow a set playbook when their products are used in mass shootings.


Episode Notes

After a mass shooting, gun manufacturers follow a set playbook: They offer “thoughts and prayers,” go quiet, and wait for the bump in sales driven by fear of new gun restrictions. The company Daniel Defense’s products were used in Uvalde, Texas, and in the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. Does it have a responsibility for how it market its rifles—or how its weapons are used?

Guest: Todd C. Frankel is an enterprise reporter on the Washington Post’s financial desk, covering people and policy.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Elena Schwartz, Carmel Delshad, Anna Rubanova, and Sam Kim.


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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.