We Just Can't Have Nice Things

May 20th, 2014

Last year, Starbucks asked customers to stop carrying guns in their locations because people walked in with rifles slung over their shoulders. Last week, Jack in the Box asked customers to stop carrying guns in their locations because people walked in with rifles slung over their shoulders. This week, Chipotle asked customers to stop carrying guns in their locations because people walked in with rifles slung over their shoulders.

Are we seeing a pattern here, folks? Are we really that obtuse? This isn't civil activism; this is a malicious sort of attention whoring that hurts …

Backlash

April 30th, 2014

Everytown for Gun Safety is less than two weeks old, and it's already falling apart. Tom Ridge has announced his resignation, and he was supposed to be their star recruit.

I looked forward to a thoughtful and provocative discussion about the toll gun violence takes on Americans. After consultation with Everytown, I have decided that I am uncomfortable with their expected electoral work.

That's nothing new. He's not the first politician to be misled by Michael Bloomberg's recruitment speeches, nor the first to walk away in disgust.

Meanwhile, Everytown associate Shannon Watts has nothing better

This Affects Us All

February 16th, 2014

Michael Dunn has been convicted on three counts of attempted second-degree murder. The conviction follows an altercation in which he fired into a car following an argument over loud music with the occupants. While the trial didn't generate the same media coverage as the Zimmerman case, it's still national news. It's also still a problem for us.

There are three parallels to the Zimmerman case. The first is race. We don't know that it was a factor in Dunn's decision to open fire, but it's going to come up anyway.

The second is the media focus on Florida's "stand your …

Another Million Moms

January 21st, 2013

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, Shannon Watts has started a group called One Million Moms for Gun Control. Despite the similarity in names, they're not affiliated with the 2000-member Million Mom March.

Watts wants to portray her group as the gun-control equivalent of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. If that were true, I'd be sending them a check myself.

MADD was instrumental in cutting drunk-driving deaths by a third. They had the right idea, and they got measurable results. Though the mission changed in later years, MADD succeeded at first through a singular purity …