Category Archives: Gun Control

That Conspiracy to Destroy Our Freedom

What’s going on in America right now isn’t just a culture war. It’s a war on the very concept of community, of a society that uses the institution we call government to offer certain basic protections to all its members. … Continue reading

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No Symbolic Victories Now

Some protests don’t work. On October 21, 1967, the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam announced that antiwar protesters would march past the Lincoln Memorial, across the Memorial Bridge all the way to the front steps of … Continue reading

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A Duty-Dance with Death

In 1945, the Allies’ Valentine’s Day gift to the German people was the firebombing of Dresden – four massive bombing raids between 13 and 15 February that destroyed that lovely old city. Dresden had no military value. Dresden had no strategic … Continue reading

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Staying In Your Lane

Everyone has a story. Everyone changes lanes. By 1981 it was time for a change – the first marriage had ended and teaching English at the prep school in Rochester, in the quiet upper left hand corner of New York, … Continue reading

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Our Guns

No one was surprised. President Obama went to Florida and did the obvious: President Barack Obama tore into opponents of gun control on a visit to Orlando on Thursday, saying they should meet with the victims of the Orlando nightclub … Continue reading

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The Fatalists

That last year of college was going to be odd. In the spring of 1968, so long ago, Martin Luther King was assassinated. Many cities exploded, and after the riots burned themselves out, in the summer, it was Bobby Kennedy … Continue reading

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Choose Your Narrative

The last trip to Paris was in 2001 – two weeks in early December, solo, quietly slipping into another culture. Then things got complicated. Folks in systems management never know who they’ll be working for the next week, or if … Continue reading

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