Tag: NRA

One Of The NRA's Paid Gerbils Blocked Me On Twitter!

One Of The NRA's Paid Gerbils Blocked Me On Twitter!
Needless to say, talks of ‘Russia’ are on Americans lips for a variety of reasons. Most recently, because the world watched as the President of the United States effectively knelt down and let Russian President Vladimir Putin urinate in his mouth.  At least, that’s how I perceived the debacle. Now, let’s use common sense:  Russia... Read more »

Reflecting on Shutting Down The Dan Ryan

Reflecting on Shutting Down The Dan Ryan
I’ve always told my students, “Don’t just read about history someone else is making.  Make some yourself.” Yesterday felt like history being made.  It felt momentous.  In the wake of the March For Our Lives movement, and the new explosion of youth engagement, it felt like so many pages coming together. Now, I’m no stranger... Read more »

The Metro Gun Share Program

The Metro Gun Share Program
If you’ve ventured down to Daley Plaza in the last 24 hours, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a new addition to the Plaza,  a new art exhibit entitled the Metro Gun Share Program.  The design of the art piece will look extremely familiar to Chicagoans; it looks exactly like a Divvy bike share docking station.  However, you’ll... Read more »
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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 »

Have You Read Chicago's Gun Trace Report?

Have You Read Chicago's Gun Trace Report?
I suppose an easier question is did you know that Chicago released a gun trace report?  If you have yet to see it, click on the picture below to read it…I’ll wait.   Now, I’ve been meaning to post on this topic since the report was released last week.  However today, I heard two things that... Read more »

A short and complete thought on the events in Las Vegas

A short and complete thought on the events in Las Vegas
Good morning readers, You should know by now that I speak honestly. We’ve been here before. We’ve seen the biggest mass shooting in American history before. I for one am not sending thoughts, prayers, or well wishes, because it all hangs cheap in the face of preventable tragedy. We choose not to talk “politics” in the... Read more »
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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...

Standing in the Wake of the Worst Mass Shooting in Modern American History

Standing in the Wake of the Worst Mass Shooting in Modern American History
I don’t think there is anything I can say new here about the events that took place this past weekend in Orlando Florida.  I also don’t think I need to recap the events.  It’s been everywhere.  Well documented, at least to this point. What I can do is to ask one simple question: “How many... Read more »