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Outside the Box: More Guns for Gun Control?

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Outside the Box is a series of articles that proposes unconventional solutions to controversial topics. Their purpose is to attempt to reframe debates that have fallen into ideological ruts and dogmas. Author’s note: I’m a gun owner, a hunter, and a firm supporter of the Second Amendment. I am also a human being, who deplores […]

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The Second Amendment: A Duty as Much as a Right

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The Second Amendment: A Duty as Much as a Right I just bought my son his first air rifle. It is a Gamo G-Force breech break rifle in .177 caliber (4.5 mm) shooting a 12 gram steel ball or pellet at 360 feet per second: painful, but not dangerous unless you hit someone in the […]

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Gun Violence: It’s About Handguns, Not Assault Rifles

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The most recent mass killing in Orlando poured more fuel on the fire of gun control debate. Omar Mateen’s attack resulted in 49 deaths and additional 53 injuries, making it the worst terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11. Regardless of the complicated plot threads surrounding the murderous affray – with Mateen apparently being a […]

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Do Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush Deserve Praise for Denouncing Charleston?

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A number of my Democrat-leaning friends have posted praise for Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush in their open condemnation of the horrific Charleston terror attack. Mr. Romney has even gone so far as to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina memorial in front of the State Capitol.  Not that […]

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Everyday Hero

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James Brady died today at the age of 74. Mr. Brady was Press Secretary to President Reagan and was shot in the head by the would-be assassin, John Hinckley Jr. His wound was so serious that he was not expected to live. That was in 1981, 69 days into the President’s first term. Yet Mr. […]

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Gun Reform We Can Live With

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Disclosure: I am a gun owner and a lifetime member of the NRA. Eliot Rodgers has joined the list of the damned by perpetrating another senseless rampage of violence in Southern California. Were it not for the heart-breaking statement of Richard Martinez, the father of one of the victims, the atrocity might barely have registered […]

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After Newton: Symbols versus Substance

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President Obama has announced the White House response to the tragedy of Newton. With the stated goal of better protecting our children and our communities, the Administration has listed 23 executive actions that will be implemented immediately without the need for Congressional authorization. He has also called on Congress to focus on 6 areas for […]

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Correction: Amok Time

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After publishing “Amok Time” yesterday, my friend and fellow Democrat Abroad, Sue Burke, pointed out that two of my graphs were showing erroneous data. The graphs on U.S. National and State murder and non-negligent homicides showed total homicides, not just firearm-related homicides. It turns out she was right. So allow me to apologize for that […]

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Amok Time

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Amok.  Noun \ə-ˈmək, -ˈmäk\ A murderous frenzy that has traditionally been regarded as occurring especially in Malaysian culture.[1] Full Disclosure: I am a gun owner, recreational shooter and hunter. I support the Supreme Court’s individual interpretation of the right to bear arms. I nevertheless support better gun regulation. Another month, another school shooting. On December […]

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Victory Over Death

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The tragedy in Aurora, Colorado is almost too recent to write about, the grief of the victim’s’ families too near. The shots fired by James Eagan Holmes in his senseless, psychotic act reverberate around the world; but they fall on deaf ears back home. The gun smoke had not cleared before lawyers and lobbyists began […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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