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The politics of race, guns and North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race

Cheri Beasley and Ted Budd
Former N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and Rep. Ted Budd. 

Another mass shooting, this time at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, prompted President Biden to deliver an address to the nation on gun control

“After Columbine, after Sandy Hook, after Charleston, after Orlando, after Las Vegas, after Parkland — nothing has been done," Biden said. "This time that can’t be true.”

But, we haven’t heard much from Democrat Cheri Beasley or Republican Tedd Budd on the matter.

We talk to Duke political science professor Kerry Haynie about their Senate race. He’s the co-author of the book “Race, Gender and Political Representation."

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Steve Harrison is WFAE's politics and government reporter. Prior to joining WFAE, Steve worked at the Charlotte Observer, where he started on the business desk, then covered politics extensively as the Observer’s lead city government reporter. Steve also spent 10 years with the Miami Herald. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated.
Tim Funk is one of the hosts of the "Inside Politics: Election 2022 podcast." He spent most of his 40-year journalism career at The Charlotte Observer, covering politics in its Raleigh bureau and, later, as its Washington correspondent. His other Observer beats over the years included race and immigration, TV and radio, and faith & values.
Jim Morrill is a native of the Chicago area who's worked in the Carolinas since 1979. He covered politics and government for the Charlotte Observer for almost 40 years. He's won several press awards and in 1999 was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He's taught about NC politics at UNC-Charlotte and Davidson College.