By L. Reichard White
To start with, as per the Standard Anti-Self-Defense Handbook — and using the so-far unexplained Las Vegas shooting spree as the latest platform — the usual Second Amendment scoff-laws still prominently include firearm suicides in their gun-death tally.
Thank goodness folks deprived of guns won’t use overdoses, tranquilizers-plus-booze, carbon monoxide, razor blades, poison, etc. — and bridges, tall buildings, and open windows for jumping — if they can’t get guns!
Or are the usual Congressional victim-disarmers misleading us again?
Suicide by any means, while regrettable, is a voluntary act, and those determined, gun or no gun, nearly always succeed. With that in mind, let’s put things in perspective: The 19,392 gun suicides in the U.S. in 2010, a typical year, swamped the 11,078 firearm homicides. That is, firearm suicides amount to a whopping ~two-thirds of reported gun deaths, dwarfing all other categories combined. Continue reading
Trump: ‘We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values’ (CNN)
We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values,” Trump said to applause, before slamming people who don’t say “Merry Christmas. They don’t use the word Christmas because it is not politically correct,” Trump said, complaining that department stores will use red and Christmas decorations but say “Happy New Year.” “We’re saying Merry Christmas again.”
I used to be a Catholic and am now agnostic. (Long story) I’ve studied history, religion and ethics most of my adult life. I don’t remember anything in all that even suggesting that decorating for Christmas and a trite greeting constitute the core values of Judeo-Christian philosophy.
The “politically correct” insanity intrudes far, far more into our lives and freedom than this. And no smug pronouncement from the president will change that.
And then, there is the monumental hypocrisy of Trump’s statement when compared to the stupid and destructive nonsense over athletes, and others, who refuse to salute the flag or stand for the anthem. (Among a great many other things…) Continue reading
There’s a place for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Do the Boy Scouts really need to embrace girls? (Mike Baker at Fox)
I admit to being a bit old fashioned. Believing that there’s a place for a Boy Scouts organization and a Girl Scouts organization that focus on their respective genders doesn’t make me a misogynist or a sexist or anything else ending in “ist” or even an “ism.” I happen to believe that there’s value and benefit in girls having their own space and boys having their own space on occasion…as long as they offer equal space and opportunity.
I was a Girl Scout for a while in elementary school (1950s), and then went on to join Camp Fire Girls. In high school, I took great pride in being a summer camp counselor for Camp Fire Girls and have many fond memories.
I spent nine years doing various volunteer things with the Boy Scouts. Starting in 1975 as a Den Mother, Roundtable commissioner, then a unit commissioner, and finally the regional training chairperson, I followed my sons through the ranks and enjoyed very much all of the projects, camp outs and jamborees. The boys never did reach Eagle rank, but they spent a number of years as proud members of the Order of the Arrow. And they grew up to be fine men, husbands and fathers. Continue reading
By Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D.
To comprehensively understand the future direction of Higher Education in America, one must go beyond the issue of free speech and dive deeply into the underlying political and ideological dynamics driving Higher Education today.
Heather E. Heying’s brilliantly articulate and well written essay at The Wall Street Journal: “First, They Came for the Biologists –The postmodernist left on campus is intolerant not only of opposing views, but of science itself”
This is a must read for all citizens who care about higher education, science and a society governed by the mind and reasoned policy rather than by racist mobs.
Tragically, today there is no evidence that American colleges and universities can right themselves from within. Increasingly, it has become clear that the forces needed to return colleges and universities to their formerly highly valued role in delivering enlightenment, knowledge, and critical thinking must come from elsewhere. Continue reading
By Nathan Barton
This week, I’ve lost track of the times I’ve heard politicians say the most disgusting things.
First, of course, we have the liberals demanding “reasonable” gun laws.
Then we have the conservatives whining about how this isn’t a time to talk about it, that it is a time for mourning. This is their response to the liberal demand. Their supposed “response.”
It should come as no surprise that the NRA and leading GOP figures have almost immediately agreed that the newly-evil “bump stocks” and other ways of simulating fully-automatic firearms should be banned.
If, of course, the conservatives and so-called defenders of our God-given right to defend ourselves were honest and sincere, they would have made a clear and immediate response. What should that answer have been? That “It is always appropriate to answer calls for disarmament by making it clear that our right to keep and bear arms is never on the table.” They could then have proceeded to explain and remind the hoploclasts of the truth learned bitterly through history: Continue reading
By Nathan Barton
As I said in part 1, war came to the streets of America again this weekend. In a way far more familiar to much of the rest of the world than such things as the Orlando or Columbine or Nashville church events are to Americans. (Indeed, the butcher’s bill in Nevada might even have been a bad day in Mesopotamia or Syria.)
Again, my prayers are for the families and survivors of the Las Vegas Massacre. And I recognize the courage of those, whether in uniform or not, who tried to protect others.
In the first commentary on this, I considered why the murderer did this evil deed. And how he could have developed into the monster he was.
Now let us consider how he did this, and whether or not anything can be done to keep this from happening again. Beyond trying to raise new generations with a moral compass that does not appear to be a room fan. Continue reading