I was sitting in Miss Chambliss’ 5 grade classroom at Oakhurst Elementary School in Fort Worth.  It was a beautiful, crisp late autumn day, one of those days we cherish, living in the oven that is often Texas.  We had just come in from lunchtime recess and were getting back to studying when one of my close childhood friends, Steve Ellis, burst into our classroom yelling, “The President has been shot in the face! The President has been shot in the face!” In an instant, my own life, and those of millions of Americans, changed forever. Read the rest of this entry

I have been trying for months to discuss gun violence in America as a gun owner and adult.  Like so many other critical issues facing the US, though, gun violence has been twisted up into a weird narrative by the NRA and hate radio talkers ranting about a dark world of Somalia-like anarchy, Nazi Germany, Stalin, and other idiotic and irrelevant analogies to prevent a reasoned discussion about common sense solutions that are supported by the vast majority of Americans, including gun owners.  We’ve all heard it, but it’s shocking when mashed into a single video.  Media Matters has done just that.  Have a look (Warning, profanity is in the clip):



Demand Action – Polls

Mayors Against Illegal Guns releases poll results on background checks in the states with Senators who are highest rated by the NRA.  Results are clear.

Demand Action – Polls.

Gun enthusiasts heckle grieving father at hearing on gun violence.  We are better than this.

Father of Newtown victim heckled at hearing – Connecticut Post.

Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories

We’ve all seen and/or heard about all the wild conspiracy theories surrounding the Sandy Hook shooting, proliferated by clowns like Alex Jones to make money, dishonoring the memories of the 26 killed that tragic day.  All reasonable people know the conspiracy theories are completely false, but some of us (like me) don’t have the patience to sit and debunk these fantasies point by point.  Luckily, guys like Sean Kemmerer of Politics Without the Crazy Pills does a great job for us.  Click below for a good solid debunking of the crazies. You can follow Sean @Walkofshameband

Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories.

File this under “NRA No Longer Relevant”, the gun sports organization turned political fringe group just released a new web ad that calls President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” because  his two daughters have Secret Service protection at school.  The NRA, ignoring the continuing threats against the President and his family, makes the extraordinary claim in the ad that, since the president’s family has Secret Service protection, that he is somehow a hypocrite for not calling for guns in all schools.  Read the rest of this entry

My latest on HuffPo about gun violence.

Robert L. Cavnar: Wild Conspiracy Theories: The Weird Side of the Gun Debate.

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