An open letter to Utah high school students

Last Friday thousands of Utah high school students walked out in memory of the Columbine and parkland shootings. A student organizer was quoted saying: “I just want people to know we’re not political puppets.” Well young friends, despite your obvious good intentions, you are not entirely informed. You are being influenced, and not by people that ultimately support your rights or your safety. You may perceive you are in a fight for your lives, but it is actually more like a fight for your rights. And you are being told…

Guns are not criminals

The latest gun-related tragedy, the shooting in a Parkland, Florida High School, has kicked the gun control debate back into overdrive. The emotions around such awful occurrences often obscure the facts and principles. And feelings run strong on both sides of the debate. But an incontrovertible fact stands: guns are not criminals, they are tools. A gun in the hands of some defends life, liberty, and property. A gun in the hands of another provides food for their table. In others’ hands, guns are used in some of the highest…