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…

Second Amendment sanctity

“We need to repeal the Second Amendment because most gun-control legislation is ineffective when most Americans have a guaranteed constitutional right to purchase deadly weaponry in nearly unlimited quantities.” – Bret Stephens, NY Times 2/16/18 As the rhetoric continues to heat up in the media and across the country after the Parkland, Florida shooting the ultimate leftist agenda is revealed. And the issue continues to divide America across partisan lines. Do guns have a place in civilized society? Is the Second Amendment outdated, antiquated or unfit for modern society as…

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…

What does gun control even mean?

America is home to approximately 300 million firearms. One study suggests that 78 percent of Americans do not own a gun; 19 percent of Americans own half of all firearms; and, three percent of Americans own the other half. The Vegas shooter was in possession of 42 guns, bringing 23 of them to the hotel with him. Understand there is no correlation between owning a lot of guns and being a mass murderer, even if mass murderers sometimes own a lot of guns. In fact, it seems there is no…

Mass shootings and missing white woman syndrome

I haven’t posted anything about gun control in the middle of this most recent medley of outrage. This is primarily because I haven’t seen anything that looks remotely like a rational debate in which I could participate. It’s also because I’ve written on this topic at great length already1, and there is not a whole lot new to add. It’s not that I’m opposed to considering new policies to solve the problems of widespread gun ownership.2 Nope, the problem is that I find most of the folks who are calling…

Mark Twain on the statistics of indiscriminate mass shootings in 2015

As the debate over how public policy should respond to mass shootings whips into a heated fury of facts, figures, statistics and memes, I can’t help but remember Mark Twain’s insight on the media: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” The last few days have seen a proliferation of examples of this. You’ve heard, repeated ad nauseam, that we’ve had more mass shootings this year than ever, more even than there are days in the year! If your internal BS radar doesn’t go off, then…

NRA Endorses Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Gives AG an A rating [UPH Wire]

National Rifle Association Endorses Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes AG Reyes earns “A” rating for consistently supporting the NRA’s position on votes of importance to gun owners and sportsmen. SALT LAKE CITY—October 22, 2014—Based on his support of and commitment to the Second Amendment, Attorney General Sean Reyes has earned an “A” rating and endorsement for reelection from the NRA-PVF in the 2014 general election. An “A” rating is reserved for a solidly pro-gun elected official who has consistently supported the NRA’s position on votes of importance to gun owners and…

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,…