On my live show Saturday morning, I will address the concrete ways we can prevent more attacks like we saw Thursday in Chattanooga and last month in Charleston.
As most are aware, on Thursday, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez allegedly shot and killed four US Marines in Chattanooga. While we don’t know the exact motivation for his attack, some have, of course, speculated it’s because he was radicalized or at least inspired by ISIS. And in June we are all aware of the horrific shooting in Charleston, South Carolina reportedly carried out by Dylann Roof, a white supremacist bent on starting a race war. Roof killed nine African Americans while they were in Bible study class at famous Black church.
On Saturday, I’ll feature two guests who will offer concrete ways to reduce the chances these events happen again. One is Imam Abdullah Antepli, who is working with law enforcement in our country to counter the recruitment efforts of ISIS on social media.
But the bigger issue is truly gun violence in this country. Even if a person is radicalized, the ease of access to guns helps them carry out their plot. Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense will be on the show to discus ways to easily reduce the 10,000 plus Americans being killed by gun violence each year. (And the 20,000 more who use firearms to commit suicide.)
Iran Deal: NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin will be on to talk about the Iran deal and answer any questions you may have about it. While 150-page deal is complex, Ayman will break it down, plus he will discuss the good and the bad of the deal.
Muslims Being Funny: Finally, two very funny Muslim Americans comedians will be joining the show, Maysoon Zayid and Preacher Moss, to discuss next week’s first ever Muslim stand up comedy festival in US history: The Muslim Funny Fest. It takes place July 21-23 in NYC. (I’m co-producing the festival and performing it.)
Hope you not only tune in, but also be a part of the conversation.
My show airs live every Saturday at 10am to noon ET on SiriusXM Insight (Ch 121) and repeats several times over the weekend. It is also available On Demand. Hope you check it out and better yet give us a call during the show to “Ask a Muslim” a question, discuss issues of the week or even be contestant on our weekly segment “Name That Religion.” And as always, I want to be your Muslim friend – so if you don’t have one follow me on Twitter at @deanofcomedy and I’ll follow you back or ask me questions at facebook.com/deanofradio.