We have witnessed another senseless tragedy: the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Desperate cries for gun control almost immediately surfaced. While the motivation for such pleas cannot be questioned, their timing and impact can be.
Gun-related homicides take place every day in the United States with New Orleans, Detroit, Baltimore, Miami, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta leading the way on a per capita basis. Chicago barely makes the top ten (#9). These major cities roughly parallel the rates of Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Columbia, Brazil, and South Africa, respectively (and Guyana in the case of Chicago). Yet, our moral outrage is often reserved for mass casualty events. …Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 11, 2013 — Twelve years after the attack on the Twin Towers and one year after the attack on Benghazi, we sit on the precipice of a vital political decision. A decision that, if made in error, could fuel the same type of extremist hatred that led to those murderous attacks that we remember today.
It would seem judicious to examine the trajectory we are on with respect to Syria.
September 11, 2001 was a wake-up call for our Nation. Until that time, we had never suffered a foreign terrorist attack of any comparable scale. We were living in a utopic world in which we only read about terrorist events happening elsewhere and never expected them to occur here … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 26, 2012 – America has been captivated by one of the few real forms of reality TV: the presentation of evidence in a court of law during an actual criminal trial along with the associated arguments of opposing counsel. While the media profited from this low-budget production, there may be a question as to whether society profited as well. Perhaps we can gain such a benefit from an examination of whether equal justice applies to all.
One may argue that the core values of our Nation are articulated in the Declaration of Independence. Specifically: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” … Read more