Tag: guns

As A Veteran And Teacher, I Think Arming Teachers Is A Really Bad Idea

As A Veteran And Teacher, I Think Arming Teachers Is A Really Bad Idea
Throughout the day, friends have sent me a plethora of articles surrounding the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  One of those articles in particular caught my eye. It was written by Matt Martin and entitled, “I’ve been shot in combat. And as a veteran, I’m telling you: allowing teachers to be armed... Read more »

Cops Leaving Crates of Guns Lying Around You Say?

Cops Leaving Crates of Guns Lying Around You Say?
So, it takes a lot for me to look someone in the face and say “You’re full of shit.”  Outside of Wayne Lapierre and the NRA nuts (they’re not all nuts, but there’s a very vocal minority, emboldened by a dirtbag leadership, that just keeps the boat rocking), I’m generally a live and let live... 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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