Archive for April 2017

Confident You Say?

Confident You Say?
Welcome to the ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume XLIII Bonus points to anyone who can tell me what that number is.  Anyway, my mission, which I’ve chosen to accept, is: “Write about the role being confident or not being confident has played in your life.” Now, I was supposed to publish my response at 10pm.  I, being... Read more »

"F**k Your Problems" He Said

"F**k Your Problems" He Said
“He”, is the voice inside of my head. I talk to myself. Often. I’ve read somewhere that is a sign of genius.  I’m no genius.  I find nowadays that I struggle to simply appear intelligent.  I’ve never been, nor have I ever made myself out to be, the smartest man in the room.  I do... Read more »

Synthesizing My Feelings On The NRA

Synthesizing My Feelings On The NRA
In my line of work, gun violence prevention education and advocacy, I come across the NRA quite frequently in one way or another.  Whether they are calling me a “commie” and telling me how un-American I am (me…the 9-year Army veteran), or whether they’re extolling on the virtues of an armed citizenry…we come into contact.  As strange as it seems to me…I often find that the circles I run in, and the NRA, are enemies.  I find this strange because as “responsible gun owners”, they should want what I want; a reduction in death due to gun violence and a decrease of illegally owned guns. However, that’s not the case as I often find. The NRA, or National Rifle Association, describes itself as a civil liberties organization.  I simply refer to them as the corporate gun lobby…the lobbying arm of gun manufacturers; companies like Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Glock, etc.  The organization was started back in the Civil War, and was focused on increasing marksmanship.  You can actually view this short video that will give you a pretty good history of the NRA, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal...
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