Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Audio Reporting. Discover a social media empire with an unapologetic vision of gun rights—generating millions of likes, follows, and dollars. From WAMU's Guns & America, reporters Lisa Hagen of WABE and Chris Haxel of KCUR expose how three brothers from the most uncompromising corner of the gun debate are turning hot-button issues into donations and controversy.
A World Where The NRA Is Soft On Guns
One of the same far-right groups behind this spring's anti-quarantine protests also plays a big role in a burgeoning "No Compromise" gun rights movement. Its members see the NRA as too amenable to gun control measures. Two reporters begin their journey to understand the Dorr Brothers and their followers.
The Facebook Flock
In Episode 2, hear how the Dorr brothers have used Facebook Live to grow their fanbase and convert disaffected NRA members over to their side. It has to do with social media savvy, expensive suits, red flag laws, and making their fans feel seen and heard in a way the NRA simply can't.
Does No-Compromising Really Work?
In Episode 3: Aaron Dorr tells his flock of pro-gun followers on Facebook that he's tirelessly fighting for their Second Amendment rights. But if that's true, why do so many pro-gun Republican lawmakers hate him so much? And is the Dorr brothers' no-compromise approach to advocacy actually working?
Building The Kingdom Of God
In Episode 4: The Dorr brothers have become known for their network of ultra pro-gun Facebook groups. But their family name has also been connected to an extreme religious movement that has sought to eliminate public education, outlaw homosexuality and replace all laws with rules from the Old Testament. Lisa and Chris dig into the roots of the Dorr family to learn more.
The Original No Compromisers
In Episode 5: We're reminded that this country's relationship with guns has always been about race. So we trace the history of the No Compromise movement back to a meeting of white nationalists in Colorado in the early 1990s.
A One-Man Propaganda Band
In Episode 6: A battle for the GOP in Idaho. Plus: "confrontational politics." What it is and how the Dorr brothers are popularizing it. And an unexpected update about the Dorr family.
I love this unbiased, cold take, long form, chronological so it’s easy to digest, kind of journalism.
The distrust of a government that created the very document they use to defend their distrust is oxymoronic, comical, and a little sad.
It was created at the time as a defense against the British, not ourselves.
I understand having a pistol to defend your home, a rifle to hunt as a hobby.
Why anyone needs a gun that shoots 100 bullets a second is beyond me. And their logical defense of such ownership, makes it scarier.
Like an alcoholic at a bar, there isn’t enough on the wall to be satisfied. And for some of these gun owners, I see the same pattern.
Such a shining piece of journalism. Mostly facts with occasional statement about basic matter such as racism thrown here and there. Learned a ton both about society today as well as about the past.
Came across this randomly, but it was pretty fascinating to take in all the same. Seemed pretty unbiased to me, but everyone carries their own opinion.