Jim Brown’s Weekly Column: A Sane Debate on Gun Laws?

Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Baton Rouge, Louisiana


The tragedy in the small village of Newtown, Connecticut has sparked yet another nationwide debate on the pros and cons of gun laws. And without giving the families even a few days to mourn, a political frenzy has broken out with both sides claiming the killings were the fault of either too little or too much gun regulation.

Within hours of the massacre, The Gun Owners of America issued a statement saying: “Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combine to ensure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones.”

On the other end of the spectrum, a number of more liberal publications followed Highbrow Magazine’s lead with headlines that blared out: “Stop the Insanity: It’s Time to ban Guns and End the Violence!” The story was similar to wide-ranging commentary saying that “The eventual passage of fresh gun restrictions would at least send the right signal that the gun lobby is not invincible and that millions of Americans want and demand anything that will at least potentially head off the next rampage.”

Since I host a nationally syndicated radio program, I listened all this week to the competition. Now talk radio in the South where I live carry’s a much more conservative slant. This is die-hard gun country, where caller after caller spit out the mantra that “they will have to pry away my gun from my cold dead hands.” Continue Reading…….

From the publisher’s chair: Testing theories in a real world laboratory

Like that moral suasion thing I mentioned early this week. Some harbor doubt so we’ll term those folks “detractors”.

I’ve been here before and a select few of you folks have previously been “here” before with me. The detractors remain in denial, “ignorant to the very end“.

We have to talk OIG again because I submit the detractors only fool themselves.