A Digital Protest? Really?

  In another time, Americans might be marching on Washington today, massing in front of Congress to support the Democratic sit-in against gun violence. But I know of no  plan to march. Instead I got an invitation – by email of course – to join a “digital protest.” So I won’t have to leave the […]
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A Small Step for Mankind

   I know the NRA has a death grip on the Republicans who control Congress but surely even the NRA can’t reasonably object to a common sense regulation suggested by Rachel Maddow last night. On her MSNBC show, Rachel touted a proposal to make gun vendors tip off the FBI when some suspected terrorist buys […]
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Slaughter of the Innocents

  While the world cowers in fear and western civilization mobilizes to destroy ISIS, another kind of terror continues unabated in America, becoming almost commonplace. Of course I’m talking about mass shootings. Another of those senseless tragedies occurred yesterday at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. This time the toll was relatively modest –  three […]
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Deja Vu All Over Again

Once again the unthinkable has happened. A crazed killer has gunned down innocent victims who had done him no harm, whom he did not even know. Once again, outrage has erupted across the land. This morning I received two petitions calling for reform of America’s gun laws. I signed them of course, but with scant hope […]
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Too Sad for Words

  There’s nothing I can add to the outpouring of sorrow following that senseless shooting in Virginia. I know I should say something – if only to acknowledge the horror of it. But what? What do you say when two young lives are snuffed out like that? When two innocents going about their daily chores are […]
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Gun Crazy – and Loving it!

“Freedom-loving” Americans are supposed to feel relieved when they hear that the National Rifle Association “will not go quietly into the night,” that the organization will forever fight for “the right to survive and protect our families with all the rifles, shotguns, and handguns we want!” That was the message NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre […]
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Another “Liberal” Television Commentator Gets the Boot

The beat goes on… This time it’s Piers Morgan who must say goodbye. I see a trend here, don’t you? Keith Obermann’s head was the first to roll as I remember it, but checking the web, I see that the NBC suits dumped Phil Donahue back in 2002 because (according to a leaked internal memo) they thought he […]
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Democracy in Action?

I witnessed democracy in action yesterday, and I am left scratching my head. In our town, the mayor, a nice man named Gow Fields (above, right), was being challenged by a contentious city commissioner named Howard Wiggs (above, left). I took the trouble to Google them, and I got the impression (rightly or wrongly) that […]
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Group Should be Liable for Giving Away Guns

Residents of a quiet Orlando neighborhood were startled recently when the area was flooded by fliers offering them free shotguns. But the group distributing the shotguns – the Armed Citizens Project of Florida – reports that “hundreds” of residents said yes to the offer. I live in Florida so I’m accustomed to bizarre behavior, but even […]
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Why is Gun Ownership Sacred in the United States?

I’m sure you’ve heard about the Second Amendment to the Unites States Constitution. It prohibits laws that would prevent Americans from legally owning “arms.” Back in the days of the Founding Fathers, of course, “arms” were quite different from today’s “arms.” But that doesn’t matter to gun nuts. An amendment is an amendment and that’s […]
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