Guns don’t kill people alone, people with guns kill people

As the latest installment in the gun debate rages in the USA following the horrific multiple death shooting in Parkland, Florida I can’t help but be reminded of some of the ludicrous sayings that the pro-gun advocates often spout. When was the last time you were shaken by breaking news that a deranged strangler wasContinue reading “Guns don’t kill people alone, people with guns kill people”

My Long-Time Neighbour Is Sick

By Karsten Ratzke – Own work, CC0, For as long as I can remember we’ve had the same neighbour. We go back years, decades, indeed centuries. We live in what in the real estate world is known as a semi-detached. Which of course means it is also semi-attached; we share one very long partition, IContinue reading “My Long-Time Neighbour Is Sick”

Time For Major GOP Funders To Withhold

In the wake of yet another mass killing at yet another US school, the rallying cry has gone out to get elected officials to do something about the ridiculously easy access to high-powered guns in the United States. And as usual, one party, the Democrats, are standing with those shouting for an end, while RepublicansContinue reading “Time For Major GOP Funders To Withhold”

Time to Amend the Second Amendment

I’m not a constitutional expert by any stretch of the imagination. As a lover of words I am fully aware that they can be squeezed, massaged and twisted to mean different things to different people. As the Led Zeppelin classic goes.”’Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.”  But sometimes that process can become downrightContinue reading “Time to Amend the Second Amendment”

Mainstream Media and Russian Hacking

One often hears the term ‘mainstream media’ these days. It is often used derogatorily by President Trump to indicate those news channels and publications that do not support him. It is not the job of any media outlet to support any president; rather the constant questioning is a necessary means of checks and balances. WithoutContinue reading “Mainstream Media and Russian Hacking”

Another Mass Shooting; Another Call For More Guns

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This oft cited Albert Einstein quotation has been running through my mind as I watch the television news coverage of the stunning mass killing at Orlando’s Pulse Club. Sitting here north of the border and seeing mass shooting after mass shootingContinue reading “Another Mass Shooting; Another Call For More Guns”

GOP Convention and Guns

It has been said and written countless times: this US political season is unprecedented. Just when you think the race for Republican Party presidential candidate cannot get any stranger, it does. Usually these twists revolve around something one of those vying for the candidacy has said or written. Mud slung at an opponent’s wife orContinue reading “GOP Convention and Guns”

No Lame Duck, Obama Goes After Gun Lobby

Today, the first Monday of the new year, President Barack Obama, back from a vacation in Hawaii, begins his last year in office by illustrating he has no intention of spending the next twelve months as a lame duck. The President will meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss options for potential executive actionsContinue reading “No Lame Duck, Obama Goes After Gun Lobby”

Guns and Mental Illness; Which to Control

America’s love affair with guns baffles me. Once again the United States was the scene of a mass killing. Last week a man killed nine innocent people and injured nine more at a college in a small Oregon town. In the close-knit community essentially all were touched personally by the tragedy. Lives snuffed out; someContinue reading “Guns and Mental Illness; Which to Control”

Exit Piers Morgan; Enter Don Lemon?

Last night after just three years in the host’s seat Piers Morgan signed-off for the last time. He ended his stint as Larry King’s replacement in the coveted nine o’clock time slot on CNN by revisiting his crusade for tougher gun control laws. Unfortunately Morgan never really made an impact with viewers and was consistentlyContinue reading “Exit Piers Morgan; Enter Don Lemon?”