Could Paulette Jordan Win The Gubernatorial Race in Idaho?

Many Americans may struggle to find Idaho on a map, but the state recently has been making news across the U.S. for its Democratic candidate for governor, Paulette Jordan. Not only would she become the first female governor of Idaho, if elected, but she would also become the first Native American governor in the history of the country.… [Read more]

Gun Control in America: A Look at the Legislation That Got Us Here

Enough is enough. Those were the words of President Barack Obama after yet another mass shooting, this time at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs last week. The President said these incidents will not be normalized as part of American culture, but it may be too late for that.

There was at least one mass shooting (defined by at least two people being injured) every day in the U.S.… [Read more]

Gun Control: The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same

What exactly would it take for the people of the United States to come together and agree that maybe buying guns should be just a little bit harder to do? The tragedy of Sandy Hook seemed almost like a cartoonishly evil hypothetical answer to that kind of question. Maybe, you might have said, if a classroom full of kindergartners was shot to death, that would be enough for people to agree that some limits on gun ownership wouldn’t be totally crazy.… [Read more]

Should Your Doctor Be Allowed to Ask If You Have a Gun?

Anyone who receives regular medical care knows doctors will typically ask patients a number of questions about their habits and lifestyle. In addition to taking your height and weight and asking questions about your diet and physical activity, doctors also ask about your sexual history, drug and alcohol consumption, and other areas they feel may be pertinent to your health and wellness.… [Read more]

Pinocchio’s Nose

This morning I heard 3 commercials for 3 different Republican candidates and they all said a variation of the same thing:  “I will protect your freedoms from the encroachment of growing government.”

Great line. Who wouldn’t want that? It resonates and there is a lot of evidence of that “growing government” by which to give the statement credibility.… [Read more]

Ask Mrs Vera: Should Starbucks™ provide a place for customers to check their guns?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

Do you think that Starbucks™ should provide a place for customers to check their guns?

Sincerely Yours, Jerry Baldwin, Seattle, Washington

Dear Venti Grandewin,

Thanks for writing!  Despite how much everybody hates your company, they all agree that however gross the food is, and however soul-destroying the general aesthetic of these stores is, when Starbucks™  is considered in terms of its manners, nobody is arguing that the basic approach to the customer experience isn’t polite, tidy and nicely thought out — not compared to most addict shacks, opium dens and needle-drug shooting galleries.… [Read more]

Straw Men and Scape Goats in the Gun Control Debate

My grandfather was fond of a certain saying, and it made him at once endearing and off-putting. It went something like this: I’d love to argue with you, but I’d have to educate you first. It’s a sentiment that many of us would do well to keep in mind.

The world is smaller than ever, thanks to the Internet.… [Read more]

Things that don’t mix

Many things don’t mix well, such as:

  • Drinking and driving
  • Tea and Pepsi
  • Negligent actions and guns
  • My mother and a garden hose (don’t get in range, you’ll get wet, very wet)
  • Republicans and common sense
  • Mental health issues and guns

It’s the last item that I’m going to write about today.

Several weeks ago I wrote in a post or comment about a young man with whom my wife has conversations.… [Read more]

Children and guns…a post about a post

I recently wrote a post on Sulia titled Kids start playing with a loaded gun at home, 10 year-old boy is dead, shot in the chest. The post pulled in numerous comments that spoke to gun safety, parental negligence, the National Rifle Association, firearm education, stockpiling weapons, and alcohol and drugs. I believe that the comments are so good that they need their own post; hence this.… [Read more]

Friday News Roundup

Those of you familiar with this scribe know that I follow the news diligently. Some stories in particular caught my attention this week so I now present to you Patrick’s Friday News Roundup. Authorities rescued a 7-foot alligator found in an Ohio man’s basement. The alligator is malnourished, has bone disease from a lack of sun for 15 years and, thanks to teenagers taunting him, hates teenagers.… [Read more]