Safe Storage Options for New (And Not So New) Gun Owners

(via: newsroom.ucla.edu)
[Editor: The author's previous piece, Toddlers, Guns and Passion Politics, led to our desire to republish her piece from A Girl and a Gun; executive editor Robyn Sandoval graciously agreed.] One of the first questions I asked myself when I bought my first firearm, seven years ago was, “How am I going to store this thing safely when I’m not using it?”  My children were not small anymore at that time, but I was still concerned about unauthorized access – whether during a burglary or simpl...
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Toddlers, Guns and Passion Politics

(from guns.com)
Hillary Clinton's intentionally misleading comments during the final Presidential candidate debate on October 19, implying that her opposition to the Heller decision was about the safety of toddlers, is just the latest in the gun-grabbers' arsenal of obfuscation. Prior to the Heller decision, District of Columbia law required firearms in the home to be kept essentially inoperable.  This was little more than politically-motivated suppression of residents' ability to defend themselves, masq...
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The Gun Survey That Dare Not Speak Its Name

[Editor's Note: We are pleased to welcome to DRGO authorship a good friend and colleague, intellectual and good guy Tom Gift, MD.  He knows research, teaching and clinical psychiatry, and keeps his pistol close to hand.]  Recent liberal media are agog about the “most definitive portrait of U.S. gun ownership in 2 decades” but—would you believe it?—the report is unpublished.  Rather, it was previewed to two media outlets known to be unfriendly to the idea of citizen gun owners.  (more&he...
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The Vaccine “Loophole” and Other Myths

(from nursingtimes.net)
In 1998, a group of physicians published a small case study involving just 12 patients in the respected medical journal Lancet, claiming that their results indicated a link between the mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.  The story received wide publicity in the media and spawned a tidal wave of public concern, as well as multiple large follow-up studies—none of which supported their conclusion. In the years since publication, Lancet and all of the authors have retracted the 1...
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Active Shooter Seminar: Jihad Comes to the Inland Empire

(From: QuickSeries Publishing)
Early this month I attended a day-long seminar given by the San Bernardino (California) County Sheriff’s Medical Reserve Corps.  It was a sit-down class on dealing with active shooter attacks, and especially on one such attack with great meaning to us who live in this county.  The speakers were intimately involved in the San Bernardino terrorist attack of December 2, 2015. About 200 invitees listened as San Bernardino Police chief Jarrod Burguan spoke for nearly an hour about how a county...
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Blank Minds Mutter: The Death of Deliberation

("Deliberation" by Bert Kiewiet. From: wikimedia.org)
The United States Congress has been described as the "greatest deliberative body in the world".  What does that mean?  To be deliberative, our representatives must follow certain procedures: Participants all have complete and accurate data. All views held by the public are considered. Participants sincerely weigh all arguments. Positions are taken based on evidence, not on who is doing the advocating. (more…)
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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Bullets

(from creativefollowership.com
I believe everyone who is physically and mentally capable should take personal responsibility for their own health and well-being, and that of their dependents.  That involves living a healthy lifestyle, and seeking competent medical advice.  It also includes taking primary responsibility for their and their loved ones’ personal safety. The two ideas are inextricably linked and, not coincidentally, the same basic approach can be used to fulfill both obligations.  Avoid, Evade, De-escalate...
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