Category: guns

Mass shootings? It's the culture, stupid

Democrats apparently have discovered that the culture can affect individual behavior. When it’s politically convenient. I’m watching NBC News’ “Meet the Press” and the near unanimous view being presented is that Republicans and President Trump in particular have created a national mindset that is responsible–perhaps exclusively so–for the deadly mass shootings this weekend. Guest presidential... Read more »

Did gun control originate as a racist plot to disarm newly freed black slaves?

That’s the claim by this group of African Americans who are on the side of the National Rifle Assn. whom they credit with fighting for the second amendment rights of newly freed black slaves to defend themselves. I wasn’t aware of this history. If someone knows better, please comment. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if... Read more »

Orlando shooting unleashes a s**tstorm of blame

Even before the last victim of the Orlando shooting was admitted to the hospital, fools were at it, blaming each other for the slaughter. Can’t we wait until all the facts are in? Are we so convinced of our righteousness that we can’t see past our own biases? There’s not enough room here (even though... Read more »
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Praise for Uber driver who used his conceal carry to protect a crowd from a gunman

This is praise for the heroic Uber driver who pulled out his concealed carry handgun to protect a crowd of people who were being fired upon by a gunman. (Details are here in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.) This, of course, has kicked off the usual round of debate over gun regulation and, more... Read more »

Illinois gun debate's funniest, most insulting or ridiculous 'analogy.' Vote

  Is there a more apt phallic symbol than a gun? Maybe Illinois State Rep. Jim Sacia (R-Freeport) didn’t have that in mind when he said said in House debate that depriving him of his gun is like castrating him. I first thought it was funny, but when you add the rest of the quote, it’s one... Read more »

President Obama sends a strong fatherhood message to fellow liberals. Will they listen?

President Barack Obama had better watch himself. If he keeps talking like he did Friday at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago, he might be mistaken for former Vice President Dan Quayle. In a speech about urban gun violence, Obama targeted truant fathers for being the impetus in causing a raft of social problems, as Quayle... Read more »
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Chicago Mayor Emanuel's unconstitutional threat to banks and businesses regarding guns

Article I, Section 10 is a little-known provision of the Constitution that prohibits states from passing a “law impairing the obligation of contracts.” Rahm Emanuel is not a state, but as mayor of a municipal subdivision of the state of Illinois, the constitutional provision applies to him too. Emanuel’s letter to banks (and businesses) to... Read more »

An answer to the violence on Chicago's streets

“Laws cannot create a peaceful person out of someone who has not experienced, especially in his or her family, the love that teaches internal discipline. Without peace of soul, there can be no real peace on the streets, in our homes or among nations.” –Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago So starts another wise column... Read more »

Gay marriage, pot smoking, gun control--let the people, not the Supreme Court decide

Maybe the U.S. Supreme Court should decide how to keep us from falling off the fiscal cliff. That’s hyperbole. But not by much. After all, isn’t the Supreme Court the final word of the land? Supreme even in matters that should be settled by a political process called democracy? In such matters as gun control,... Read more »
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Should every school have an armed guard? Take the poll

Wayne LaPierre, executive director of the National Rifle Association, Friday said at a press conference that every school in America should have a professionally trained armed guard to prevent the kind of massacre that took the lives of 26 people in the Sandy Hook Elementary School. He called for federal support of such a program... Read more »
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