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):

 

 

Warning: Videos contain profanity.

James Yeager, the CEO of Tactical Response, supposedly a police training instructor, is in some pretty hot water after posting an incendiary video on youTube a few days ago about gun violence.  He declared that if the gun debate goes one more inch, he’s “going to start killing people.”  Read the rest of this entry

The conversation has finally begun. After 20 innocent children and 6 of their teachers in a school in Newtown Connecticut were brutally murdered at their desks by a severely disturbed young man using powerful semi-automatic weapons, the fog over the nation’s collective awareness of gun violence has begun to clear. The stories of teachers dying while trying to protect their young charges are heartbreaking, though no more so than those same stories that came from the shootings in Aurora Colorado, Brookfield Wisconsin, Portland Oregon, Tucson Arizona, Nickel Mines Pennsylvania, Littleton Colorado, or dozens of other sites of mass shootings. Read the rest of this entry