Writer Jason Whitlock, with whom I do not always agree but today said it so well that we may as well just quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.
Our current gun culture, Whitlock wrote, ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.’
Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.
In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe: If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.
As a listener pointed out: Would Nicole Brown Simpson still be alive if O.J. had a gun?
Good to know 100% of murders are because of handguns Bob.
Prominent sports journalist Jim Gray gave a ringing endorsement of fellow sports anchor Bob Costas’ controversial comments on gun control from Sunday night. But just as fast as he offered the endorsement he backtracked — during the same interview.
Police officers were approaching Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher when he shot and killed himself Saturday in the parking lot of the team’s practice facility, according to an incident report released Monday by Kansas City police.
As gun ownership has increased dramatically, gun-related violent crimes have gradually decreased over the past six years in the state of Virginia, according to a new analysis.
From 2006 to 2011, the total number of guns purchased in Virginia increased 73 percent, while the total number of gun-related violent crimes decreased 24 percent over that period. And when adjusted for population growth, the number of crimes further decreases to more than 27 percent, with 79 gun-related offenses per 100,000 in 2006 dropping to 57 by 2011.
The Angola Police Department said explosives put inside a doll at an intersection in Angola caused a blast that rattled nearby homes.
A town in northwest Louisiana has been turned on its head after authorities discovered a staggering 6 million pounds of improperly stored explosives that, according to the Associated Press, is sometimes used in howitzers and other artillery.
n Indiana agency that studied whether the state should loosen its long-running ban on the sale of raw milk has concluded that doing so would lead to human illnesses.
But in a report released Friday, the State Board of Animal Health also said the question of whether to allow such sales is “ultimately a political decision.”
The American Pizza Community, a coalition of the nation’s largest pizza companies, regional chains, and small franchise operators, is supporting passage of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Ace of 2012, a bill to reform the new menu labeling regulations that have been included in ObamaCare. According to President Obama’s own Office of Management and Budget, the menu display requirements of ObamaCare rank as the third most burdensome statutory constraint enacted that year.
Residents of states that refuse to set up health insurance exchanges under Obamacare are set to be hit with higher premiums under new rules announced by the Health and Human Services Department.
Insurance companies will be charged 3.5 percent of any premiums they sell through the federal exchanges, the department announced Friday.
But wait! There’s more!
The Obama administration said Friday that it would charge insurance companies for the privilege of selling health insurance to millions of Americans in new online markets run by the federal government.
The cost of these “user fees” can be passed on to consumers. The proposed fees could add 3.5 percent to premiums for private health plans sold in insurance exchanges operated by the federal government.
Sooooo … you get hit with a 3.5% fee for not being in a state using the exchanges, and you get hit with a 3.5% fee if you are in a state that uses the exchanges. Fantastic!
- Practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube being used on young patients
- Doctor admits starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in neonatal unit
- Liverpool Care Pathway subject of independent inquiry ordered by ministers
- Investigation, including child patients, will look at whether cash payments to hospitals to hit
death pathway targets have influenced doctors’ decisions
Who wouldn’t support a treaty with the language in its title that says it is for “Rights of Persons with Disabilities”? Turns out many Republicans oppose the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and their reasons are worth taking a look at again, even if the arguments are not necessarily new.
Up to two million people are to have their credit files secretly checked under a crackdown on tax evasion to be unveiled by George Osborne to help raise another £10 billion.
As leaders in Washington obsess about the fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama is putting in place the building blocks for a climate treaty requiring the first fossil- fuel emissions cuts from both the U.S. and China.
State Department envoy Todd Stern is in Doha this week working to clear the path for an international agreement by 2015. While Obama failed to deliver on his promise to start a cap-and-trade program in his first term, he’s working on policies that may help cut greenhouse gases 17 percent in 2020 in the U.S., historically the world’s biggest polluter.
Obama has moved forward with greenhouse-gas rules for vehicles and new power plants, appliance standards and investment in low-emitting energy sources. He’s also called for 80 percent of U.S. electricity to come from clean energy sources, including nuclear and natural gas, by 2035.
GOP legislators sent a letter to the White House urging a “fiscal cliff” compromise drafted by a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.
The plan, sketched out by Erskine Bowles in November 2011, offers “a balanced approach of significant spending cuts and new revenues from tax reform with fewer loopholes and lower tax rates,” according to the afternoon letter from Speaker of the House John Boehner.
There wasn’t enough medical ethanol available in the hospital, so the registrar nipped down to the local bottle store and picked up a bottle of whisky.
“Johnnie Walker Black Label. It was good whisky, yeah.”
Black Label is my daily scotch!