In the first half, founder of Oath Keepers, and graduate of Yale Law School, Stewart Rhodes, discussed the proposed universal background checks for gun ownership as well as red flag legislation which he believes would allow widespread gun confiscation orders. After the latest mass shootings, Congress has been pressured to take some action, but Rhodes feels that more stringent background checks infringe on citizens' rights. "I don't want the government to be in the business of deciding who's good or who's bad," he said, "and dictating whether or not we can be armed." The whole point of the background checks, he continued, "is really to have a list of people that they know have guns, and eventually this becomes their confiscation list-- we just saw it in New Zealand."
Rhodes cited psychotropic prescription drugs as a factor in the shootings, where homicidal or suicidal compulsion can be side effects of the medications. He views the red flag law, in which a court can mandate the removal of firearms from a person determined to be a danger to themselves or others, as "Orwellian and dangerous," and an assault on the Bill of Rights. This kind of policy overrides the presumption of innocence, he lamented, and could be thought of as "pre-crime"-- an attempt to stop someone from what they may do in the future. If a person is viewed as criminally insane or a danger to others, there are already policies in place to take a person off the street for a medical evaluation, he added. Rhodes also expressed concern over "false flag" attacks that could be used to justify taking away people's guns.
In the latter half, we paid tribute to the late great paranormal investigator Rosemary Ellen Guiley. Rosemary, who passed away this past July, was a leader in the metaphysical and paranormal fields, and one of the most popular guests on C2C, appearing more than 60 times. We honored her with a sampling of audio clips from some of her past shows, including Time Slips (2019), Christmas & Angels (2018), Werewolves (2017), the Afterlife (2018), Ouija & Zozo (2016), and Dreams (2015). Rosemary's husband Joe Redmiles recalled his close relationship with her and how the two initially met at a Mothman conference in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, back in 2004. After she was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2018, they moved to Washington state to be closer to family members, he shared.
Other special guests who shared their stories and memories of Rosemary, included Ouija board expert Karen A. Dahlman, who said she was fearless in her investigations of the unseen dimensions. Rosemary shone a "bright light on the dualism in humanity," and pushed boundaries to bring back information, Dahlman added. Vampire Father Sebastiaan praised Rosemary's openness in understanding the vampire subculture and how she was highly respected as a scholar of this community. Podcaster and author Jim Harold recalled interviewing Rosemary some 20 times on his own show, and spoke about the admiration for Rosemary's integrity and kindness that outpoured after her death. Theresa Argie & Cathi Weber (the Haunted Housewives) detailed her generosity, and paranormal investigator John Zaffis called "Roro" one of the most knowledgeable people he's ever met. Filmmaker Paul Davids marveled at her ability to penetrate both the dark and light realms, and medium Susanne Wilson commended Rosemary for her scholarly gravitas and bringing forth new conceptual frameworks for understanding the paranormal.
News segment guest: Lauren Weinstein