Why critics are wrong about opposition to Prop 2

On August 23, 2018, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced its opposition to Proposition 2, the citizen initiative seeking to create a state marijuana program. Speaking on behalf of the Church, Elder Jack N. Gerard of the Seventy said, “The Church does not object to the medicinal use of marijuana, if doctor-prescribed, in dosage form, through a licensed pharmacy.” He continued, “Our hope and expectation is to bring the broader community together, including all those who have a lot of experience and understanding in what we can…

Obama fails on gun violence

President Obama has been given an excellent opportunity to address gun violence, and it appears as though he is going to do nothing meaningful about it. Of the 33,000 annual deaths from firearms, 60 percent is suicide and upwards of 25 percent is the result of America’s war on drugs. And rather than address two issues that account for 85 percent of gun deaths, he punts and will focus on gun show background checks. This when the FBI tells us 2 percent of guns used in crimes were purchased at…

How Gun Control Led to the Bill of Rights

In 1666, much of London was destroyed by fire. While the main culprit were tightly packed wooden buildings, a primary accelerant to the fire was various stores of gunpowder and other arms ignited by the flames. Much of the powder was in the homes of private citizens, left there from the days of the English Civil War. The Tower of London alone stored five-hundred tons of powder. This was the beginning of modern municipal fire codes. And a new principle of city planning realized centralizing gunpowder in a separate building,…

Cattle, Tortoises and Militias, Oh My!

I found out today that I have a fine on my library card. Not only that, there is a court order for me to pay those fines. Using measured, reasonable steps, Salt Lake County is in the process of deploying a SWAT team to my house to forcibly remove the overdue books from my home. Unified Police Department snipers are also aiming at my house. Our government is known for its careful and proportional responses to disputes like this, so I am sure no unarmed teenage girls will be shot…