One sure result of tragedy in Texas church

  It remains to be seen if there will be any significant changes in the laws of Texas or the United States in response to the mass shooting this past Sunday that killed 26 worshippers in a little church in a little town not far from San Antonio. But one result is ultimately predictable: Gun sales will soar. There are no official statistics available yet in the wake of the Texas situation, but it’s a good bet that I’ll be right about this. Mind you,  I’m not saying that we’ll see a big jump in gun sales all across...

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Trump responds to Texas tragedy with double-talk

  Boldly and insensitively, President Trump said today that the shooting spree on Sunday morning that killed at least 26 people at a small-town church in Texas was not “a guns situation.” Rather, it was a “mental health problem,” he said. Trump made the remarks at a news conference in Tokyo, the first major stop on his current tour of Asia. It was all double-talk. The Donald was a gun-control advocate himself until he sought the National Rifle Association’s endorsement in his campaign for president last...

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Where was proverbial “good guy with a gun” in Vegas?

    Last night’s  massacre in Las Vegas, which killed scores of people and wounded hundreds of others, has put the lie to one of the gun lobby’s favorite myths The nonsense to which I refer drips from the mouth of Wayne LaPierre, principal spokesman for the National Rifle Association, almost every time he opens his mouth. “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” You can best understand that drivel if you recognize it for what it is. It’s a sales pitch. If you think of...

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Obama has less than a week to take away our guns

  With only a few days left in Barack Obama’s presidency, one wonders if the paranoid bed-wetters at the National Rifle Association are still afraid that the jack-booted thugs in his employ will soon descend upon our homes to seize all our firearms. Indeed, one wonders why anyone ever had any such fears. Never once did Obama ever propose a blanket ban on guns. Most of the measures he’s advocated — stronger background checks for firearms purchases, for example — are supported by a majority of Americans.  But Wayne...

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Trump tries to play on unreasonable fears among gun enthusiasts

  One of the great ironies of American culture is that many of the self-styled tough guys who parrot the rhetoric of the National Rifle Association actually are nervous nellies who believe virtually all of the conspiratorial nonsense about plots to take away guns. For example, all through Barack Obama’s tenure as president, the scaredy-cats have bought into every ridiculous warning that the man in the White House spends his every waking hour on plans to send out an army of jack-booted thugs to seize  everyone’s firearms. It...

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