Published on August 8, 2019 | By
After the horrible carnage of the last two weeks, we have seen some folks and some organizations who claim to be staunch defenders of the Constitution and Bill of Rights fold like a cheap suit. Sadly, I always suspected President Trump would fold on gun rights, and this is not his first example of that.
For the Children™
Published on July 28, 2019 | By
One of my observations in nearly 20 years of the Great American Gun Debate is how the gun control side seems to value feelz over facts. Given the fact that humanity is hard-wired to protect and nurture children (even those that aren’t our own), that emotional button is an easy one for advertisers and politicians
Mugged by Reality
Published on July 19, 2019 | By
There’s nothing like reality giving you a little kick in the pants to show you just how unprepared you are for a crisis. I spent the last three days in Alaska’s Copper River basin, dipnetting for red salmon. In preparation for the trip, I packed what I thought I’d needed for about everything I was
A Moment of Clarity?
Published on July 14, 2019 | By
I read something amusing in one of the Trace’s daily email blasts I get. Their rhetorical cat-herder (aka editorial director) wrote, “We hope that The Trace’s journalism has helped you understand gun violence more fully.” … *snert* Because I am well acquainted with the fast-and-loose relationship the Trace–well, Everytown in general–has with “guns” and “understanding.”
Published on June 27, 2019 | By
Remember when Betsy Riot was a thing? They were another loose collection of gun control groupies who really thought they’d be the end of the NRA and usher in a gun-free new age. Their tools involved a lot of vulgar language (f**kyerguns being their battle cry), and a lot of inordinate thought given to the,
More Observations from a Free State
Published on June 21, 2019 | By
Gun Control types still scoff at the idea that the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, all the while believing that, somehow, the disarmed model of confronting a bad guy with a gun will ensure a better outcome. *** I read some pearl-clutching in
Gun Culture, Higher Academia, and Intellectual Honesty
Published on May 30, 2019 | By
In grad school, I read Rolf Hochhuth’s Der Stellvertreter, which was a dramatic play about what the churches did and did not do during the Holocaust. English translations render the title as “The Deputy,” but the word itself is more closely related to “Vicar,” as in someone who represents another. The title itself asked the
On Rights and Needs
Published on May 23, 2019 | By
Sooner or later, every gun owner or gun rights advocate will have these questions asked to him or her: “Why do you need a gun?” “Why do you need *that* gun?” “Why do you need so many guns?” “Why do you need to carry a gun to get groceries?” “Why do you need so much
California lawmakers propose free Medicaid for illegal immigrants
Published on December 15, 2017 | By
Democratic lawmakers in California announced on Wednesday their plan to provide free medicare coverage to illegal immigrants.
University of Wisconsin to expel students who disrupt campus speeches
Published on October 9, 2017 | By
The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved a policy on Friday to expel students who disrupt campus speeches or otherwise infringe on another’s right to free speech.