A Conversation, Not a Conversion

Last evening at a social event, my wife was engaged in a conversation with the wife of an associate. I half listened until I realized that the conversation had morphed into gun control. It became more interesting when I learned that the other lady had been a United States Marine, and had been part of […]

There is No Such Thing as “Gun Violence”

I do not believe that there is any such thing as “gun violence”. There is also no such thing as knife violence, car violence, alcohol violence, etc. Violence is perpetrated by an individual or group. The tool used is irrelevant. Most articles about ‘gun violence’ are written as if to justify positions that the authors […]

“Gun violence” does not fit the public health model of disease

The oft chanted mantra that firearms are like viruses is patently untenable. Viruses are living organisms—they replicate and perform actions independently. To consider firearms alive, self-replicating and capable of independent action requires an absence of rationality. Now, to the public health model. It is predicated on education about, then modification and eradication, of a problem. […]

Book Review: Rules of Engagement–Mending Citizen/Police Interactions, by B. L. Brown

B. L. Brown is a police officer who wrote Rules of Engagement about trying to understand and improve police-citizen interactions. The book has several notable successes and some shortfalls. There are several references to Georgia law, reflecting the author’s base, but she is careful to point out that other states may employ different terms, and in […]

Let’s Talk About Guns

I had a chance to offer my Mom a little advice recently.  She was upset with someone.  She told me what had occurred, and asked what I thought she should say. I suggested that rather than simply trying to decide what to say, she needed to first determine what she wanted to accomplish.  Without doing […]

A New Law for a New Time

The United States needs one new firearm law.  I propose that the Congress of the United States enact the following: 1) The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says what it means and means what it says. 2) There shall be no restrictions on the possession and carrying of firearms anywhere in […]

Understanding Blunt Force Trauma Lethality: An Interview with Dr. Robert Margulies (Part 2)

[Ed: “The world is a beautiful place, but . . .” The remainder of the December 2015 interview of DRGO’s Dr.Margulies regarding blunt force brain trauma from Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network’s eJournal. Part 1 is here.] eJournal: What losses should we expect from injury to different parts of the brain? Dr. Margulies: The lower […]