Did you miss "Become a Citizen Journalist" on July 21, 2007? Click above to see Eric Black's speech to mnpACT!
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When the discussion is about guns, it is frustrating to watch the distortions develop. Gun rights activists seem to have convinced their supporters that any, and I mean any, kind of gun restriction legislation is somehow a violation of basic rights.
The NRA and gun manufacturers tell us that they want guns out of the hands of the mentally ill....yet, they thwart attempts to enhance or shore up background checks. They sympathize with the victims of these mass shooting tragedies but offer no solutions. They criticize the enforcement of the gun laws . . .
The chaos in the US House is unprecedented. Twenty to twenty five members in the GOP caucus are holding leadership hostage over ideas which will shut the government down and destroy our economic credibility.
They proudly state that they are promoting Constitutional principles, but they refuse to accept the principle of separation of powers. Just like kids on the school yard, they refuse to cooperate unless they get their way.
What is discouraging about this is that there seems to be no consequence for these actions. They come from safe districts . . .
The baseball season is over. The playoffs begin. The Twins improved but will have to wait till next year. However, Major League Baseball has some other serious issues to address....and because big money is involved, I'm guessing they won't.
I'm talking about Fantasy Sports. But before I get to the heart of the matter, I want to digress and point out something very hypocritical in the corporate structure that is our national pastime.
And that involves Pete Rose. Pete Rose is the all time hit king. His record continues . . .
The Democratic choice between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is a tough one. (I'll leave Joe Biden out of the discussion...for now). On a purely liberal and progressive viewpoint, Bernie has a lot more to offer. He is clear on his opposition to the TPP. He has a no excuses critique of the big banks. He has a clear message on income inequality. And his message has never wavered over the years.
On the other hand, Hillary Clinton has been a bit late to the table on several issues. Gay rights, . . .
This scene is getting way too familiar. A town devastated by a gunman shooting victims indiscriminately. At a school. Killing young people. With everybody looking for some kind of answer.
What makes America so unique in this carnage? Because we are you know. We are the only developed country that has to deal with this mass shooting phenomenon. We are alone. And we keep pretending that we don't know what we can do about it.
The right to own guns is not disputed. Hunters, sportsman, recreational shooting.....nobody is saying to . . .