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The Problem With ‘Gun Control’

People think they can eliminate original sin.

Once again, after the terrible school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Democrats are calling for gun control. A cynic might say calling for gun control is the perfect strategy for Democrats: They know it will never happen, so it makes a great, and perennial, campaign issue.

Except it doesn’t. Most Americans, and most voters, are sensible people who know how to use guns sensibly — or trust their fellow Americans to do so — and who have no intention of letting the wokies repeal the Second Amendment.

Yet … the carnage from school shootings always disturbs, and it disturbs especially people who think they can order the world to their liking and eliminate original sin — not to mention the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

What, if anything, should be done? And “if anything” is an important qualification. There is only so much wrongdoing any society can prevent without creating problems on, so to speak, the other side. As Second Amendment supporters say, “If we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.”

And as they also say — but you won’t read this in the New York Times — many crimes appear to have been stopped because someone else had a gun.

Still, let us look at some school shootings, starting in 1999 (but there have been school shootings since 1840!) and focusing only on those with four or more victims (considered “mass shootings”). There are others, and a lot of them, and they are no less horrible, but they are often more like “murders” than “school shootings” — and besides, their details probably wouldn’t change the overall picture.

1. On April 20, 1999, 12th-graders Eric Harris (age 18) and Dylan Klebold (age 17) murdered 12 students and one teacher at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. The previous year, they had been arrested for theft and were sentenced to a juvenile diversion program. It’s not clear how they acquired all their guns, although some were acquired with the assistance of two friends, who were subsequently sentenced to prison for their complicity. For the record, the shootings took place during the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.

2. On March 21, 2005, Jeff Weise (age 16) first killed his grandfather (an Ojibwe tribal police sergeant) and his grandfather’s girlfriend at their home; then he took his grandfather’s police weapons and bulletproof vest and drove his grandfather’s police vehicle to Red Lake Senior High School, where he had been a student some months before, and shot and killed nine people at the school and wounded five others.

3. On October 2, 2006, a 32-year-old man, Charles Carl Roberts IV, murdered five Amish girls at an Old Order Amish one-room schoolhouse. He had a handgun, a shotgun, and a rifle. 

4. On April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho (age 23), an undergraduate student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, and a U.S. resident from South Korea, killed 32 people and wounded 17 others with two semi-automatic pistols. Cho, a mentally unsound individual, had been able to purchase two handguns despite state laws that should have prevented such a purchase. The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits anyone “adjudicated as a mental defective” from buying guns, a prohibition that applied to Cho, as a Virginia court declared him a danger to himself in late 2005 and sent him for psychiatric treatment. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine subsequently addressed the problem by issuing an executive order intended to close the reporting gaps.

5. On February 14, 2008, Steven Kazmierczak (age 27) killed five students and injured 21 others at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, before fatally shooting himself. He used a shotgun and three pistols. He seemed to have mental health problems, but was described as “probably the nicest, most caring person ever.” It appears he had been in the mental health “system” earlier in his life but because he had been “out” of it for five years, was eligible to buy a gun. All four guns were therefore bought legally from a federally licensed firearms dealer. At least one criminal background check was performed. Kazmierczak had no criminal record.

6. On, April 2, 2012, 43-year-old One L. Goh killed seven students at Oikos University in Oakland, California. He was determined to be mentally unfit for trial. 

7. On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza (age 20) shot and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lanza then shot himself. The gun he used belonged to his mother, who was a gun enthusiast. He had had behavioral problems and had been diagnosed as having obsessive-compulsive disorder and may have had anorexia nervosa. Lanza lived with his mother (whom he shot and killed before going to the school), but his father did not live with them.

8. On October 24, 2014, Jaylen Fryberg (age 15) shot five other students at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, fatally wounding four, before fatally shooting himself. Fryberg’s father, Raymond Fryberg, was arrested and convicted the following year for illegally purchasing and owning the gun used in the shooting.

9. On October 1, 2015, Chris Harper-Mercer (age 26), a student at Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Oregon, shot and killed an assistant professor and eight students, wounding eight others. His parents had separated before he was born. Harper-Mercer spent his entire life living with his single mother and hadn’t seen his father since they’d moved to Oregon two years before the shooting. Harper-Mercer was said to have had substantial mental illness but had never been involuntarily committed. Under federal and state law, that would have prohibited him from purchasing a gun. He was therefore able to pass a background check. An Oregon law, which went into effect in 2018, allows law enforcement or family members to file a petition in state court for an “extreme risk protection order”; such an order, if granted, temporarily blocks an individual from legally purchasing or possessing deadly weapons if the individual is determined to present an “imminent threat to themselves or others.” If the law had been in effect earlier, he might have been prevented from purchasing his weapon.

10. On February 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz (age 19), shot and killed 14 students and three staff members at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Cruz was an adopted child; both of his adoptive parents, however, had died. Although Cruz was a member of the junior ROTC and had received multiple awards, he also had had multiple behavioral issues since middle school, which had resulted in his being transferred between several schools six times in three years. Starting in 2013, psychiatrists had recommended admitting Cruz to a residential treatment facility. Cruz had also made threats against other students.

11. On May 18, 2018, student Dimitrios Pagourtzis (age 17) shot and killed 10 people and wounded 13 others at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Both of the firearms the shooter used appeared to have been legally owned by his father.

12. On November 30, 2021, Ethan Crumbley (age 15) shot and killed four students and wounded seven other people at Oxford High School in the Detroit exurb of Oxford Township, Michigan. Crumbley’s parents were charged on December 3 with involuntary manslaughter for failing to secure the handgun used in the shooting.

13. And most recently, on May 24, 2022, Salvador Rolando Ramos (age 18) fatally shot 19 students and two teachers and wounded 17 other people at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, after shooting his grandmother in the head (she survived). He had legally purchased a semi-automatic rifle from a local gun store on the day after his 18th birthday and purchased another rifle three days later. Eight days before the shooting, he bought an AR-15-style rifle from a Georgia-based online retailer. Ramos’s mother was said to be a drug user; he lived with his grandparents; his father seemed to have been absent due to his job and because of the pandemic.

According to the Washington Post, “185 children, educators and other people” have been killed in school shootings since 1999. By comparison, so far this year 254 people have been killed in Chicago, a city run by Democrats since shortly after Adam and Eve moved house from their garden residence; 195 of the Chicago victims were black. The temptation is almost overwhelming to accuse the completely uncaring Democrats of “RACISM!” But that would just inflame passions, and to no avail.

Before we get to “the challenge,” there is this to consider (and it may hurt): About 185 dead is not a large number in a country of 335 million people. Almost 40,000 people die in automobile accidents every year. More than 12,000 die from falling down the stairs. Over 300 people die in bathtubs every year. Life is uncertain. We are not the masters of our fate.

Here’s the challenge: Look at the facts of the 13 cases presented and come up with a sensible law that could have prevented the shootings. But remember also that from 1999 to today there have been only about 337 school shootings. How much can we restrict the freedom of 260 million people (over age 18) based on what a few hundred people did over a two-decade-long period?

(Here’s another challenge: What kind of “gun control” would prevent the far more serious gun carnage in Chicago?)

What if the media never reported mass shootings? How much are they to blame?

Should people with a history of mental illness be able to buy a gun (cases 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10)? Of course not! But never? Perhaps five years after “recovery” is too short a time. How long then? Ten years? Fifteen? Felons are barred for life.

What about young people who live with neither of their parents, or at least without their father (cases 9, 10, and 13)? Is that an automatic disqualification — until the age, perhaps, of 25? We know that boys who grow up without fathers in the house tend to become problems. Maybe, also, as a general rule, no illegitimate male (who probably has grown up in a setting without a father) should be able to buy a gun until age 25. Ooo!

What about making the local chief law enforcement officer responsible, with severe penalties for incompetence, for personally vetting and approving the application of anyone under the age of 21 who wanted to buy a gun? He could investigate, among other facts, behavioral issues that hadn’t resulted in formal, disqualifying treatment.

Raising the age for buying a gun does seem like a good idea, at least to the coastal elite, but then so does raising the age for driving.

The wokies say that if you can’t buy a beer, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun. That makes some sense, although there is no constitutional provision regarding beer and minors. But if people under 21 are thought not to be able to drink (or drive) responsibly, it is surely madness to allow them to vote. Or at least madness to let boys under 21 vote. (READ MORE: Liberalism’s Phony Solution to Gun Violence)

It is well known that boys’ brains develop more slowly than girls’ brains do, and that boys and men commit more crimes than girls and women do (and teen boys are more hazardous drivers than girls). In which case, why shouldn’t we have one rule for boys and men (e.g., special vetting rules for males under age 21 who want to buy a gun), and a different rule for girls and women (a rule that might, admittedly, be a puzzler for the new Supreme Court justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson)?

What, if anything, can legislators do with this (widely accepted) information from Reason magazine that “Blacks appear to commit violent crimes at a substantially higher rate per capita than do whites”? Not surprisingly, white people tend to commit crime against white people (people tend to commit crimes against people they know) and black people commit crimes against black people. Are we to limit the right of whites to own guns because of what blacks tend to do? Of course not.

Another killer objection to any law that attempts to limit guns is that the woke prosecutors who have been taking over law enforcement in our cities have decided not to prosecute criminals. The woke elite praised the 2020 riots, glorified the corrupt, Marxist, racist, anti-Semitic Black Lives Matter movement, and defunded the police. They’re more likely to go after you and your fellow citizens, trying to protect your family and your property, than they are to prosecute any criminal.

So where do we go from here? See the problem — the problem with “gun control”?

Sin, evil, and disease continue to distress us in mind, body, and estate. We will have to learn to look elsewhere rather than to legislatures for lasting comfort and peace.

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June 9, 2022
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The Washington Times

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Trump’s 100 days vs. Democrats’ 100 days of resistance: A progress report
April 29th 2017
Fox News Opinion

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Oilman Rex Tillerson and Ukraine
April 26th 2017
American Greatness

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Advice and consent in the time of obstruction
April 25th 2017
The Washington Times

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Billionaires for deregulation
April 4th 2017
The Washington Times

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How Trump Can Use His Tax Cut To Drain The Federal Research Swamp
March 13th 2017
TheFederalist.com

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Trump Needs to Fire Regulatory Agencies, Stat
February 21st 2017
TheFederalist.com

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Hillary Clinton and the Rule of Law
February 2nd 2017
The Washington Times

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Lobbying in the age of Trump
January 16th 2017
The Washington Times

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For Conservatives, Donald Trump Shifts The Window Of What’s Possible
January 5th 2017
TheFederalist

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Donald Trump Brings A New Season Of Hope
January 2nd 2017
The Washington Times

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2016

Schadenfreude and the New York Times
November 22nd 2016
The American Conservative

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The Case for Trump — in 300 words
November 4th 2016
The American Conservative

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Trump Or Clinton? Argh! What Would Wm F. Buckley Do?
October 16th 2016
The Washington Times

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Let’s Play Pin The Mustache On The Donkey

July 14th 2016
TheFederalist.com

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Donald Trump, Congress And The American Tradition
June 22nd 2016
TheFederalist.com

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Monkey Times — and Monkey Business — at Harvard

May 18th 2016
Ricochet

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Bathroom Bills Stall Amid Shower Of Criticism
May 17th 2016
TheFederalist.com

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Voter ID Laws Are Not Racist
May 1st 2016
Rockit News

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What You Need To Know About Drew Barrymore’ Divorce
April 27th 2016
TheFederalist.com

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The Media’s Crocodile Fears Over Donald Trump’s Authoritarianism
April 13th 2016
TheFederalist.com

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Harvard Law School Chases the Seal of Good Identity Politics
April 4th 2016
TheFederalist.com

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Why We Can Be Optimistic About America Despite Scalia And Trump
February 23rd 2016
TheFederalist.com

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Will Gene Therapy Wipe Out Gays?
Rockit News, February 16th 2016

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Donald Trump and Venereal Disease
TheFederalist.com, January 27th 2016

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The Fat Lady, The Episcopal Church, And The Anglican Communion
The Daily Caller
January 26th 2016

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How Trump Could Restore Constitutional Government
TheFederalist.com
January 20th 2016

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Hillary, It’s Barack. We Need To Talk.
Rockit News
January 7th 2016

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2015

Does Donald Trump Think Black Voters Are Stupid?
The Daily Caller
December 15th 2015

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Minimum Wage as Affirmative Action
Rockit News
Novemeber 24th 2015

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Marco Rubio, If You Can
Rockit News
November 17th 2015

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Suppose States Just Ignored The Gay Marriage Ruling
Rockit News
November 12th 2015

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Why Racial Discrimination Is Wrong
Rockit News
August 26th 2015

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Civil Rights Racket Keeps Blacks Poor and Democratic
Rockit News
July 28th 2015

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Vile Bodies: The Episcopal Church’s General Conventions
The Daily Caller
July 17th 2015

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Extra! Pope Denies Henry VIII Late Checkout. Crisis Looms.
The American Conservative
June 11th 2015

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Tell a Joke. Save a Culture.
Rockit News
April 29th 2015

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Obama Undermines So-Called Independent Regulatory Agencies
Rockit News
April 20th 2015

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Indiana Burning
Radix News, April 11, 2015

The liberal firestorm over Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act tells us that it’s time to think more critically about the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Stan Evans: Everyman’s Bill Buckley
TheFederalist.com, March 26, 2015

What do you get when you cross Bill Buckley and Stan Evans?

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Episcopal Church Scandal as reported by The Washington Post
TheFederalist.com, March 19, 2015

How did a woman with a drinking problem, and a DUI, get to be a bishop in the Episcopal Church?

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Join the Army, See the World, Change Your Sex
The Daily Caller, March 9, 2015

Bradley Manning may be a knave, but it’s the people of the US who are the fools.

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Would the U.S. Go to War for Lithuania?
The American Conservative, March 5, 2015

Does the U.S.’s national interest require it to defend Lithuania under the NATO Treaty?

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Bare Ruined Choirs
Radix News, February 25, 2015

Is Islam a religion of peace or war? Who know? Who cares?

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What Did Jeb Bush Say? Don’t Bother Asking His Office
Breitbart, February 24, 2015

Why is it difficult to get copies of Jeb Bush’s speeches?

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Jafar for President: Forgive Student loans
TheFederalist.com, January 20, 2015

Forty million student loan debtors offer Republicans a chance to make a double play — if they can remember how to throw. And catch.

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Jeb Bush’s Toaster Problem
The Daily Caller, January 12, 2015

Skip the beef. Where’s the sparkle?

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Let’s Make A Deal With the Middle Class
The Daily Caller, January 5, 2015

After fifty years of losing the war on poverty, we need new troops.

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2014

Merry Christmas, Kim Jong-Un
The Daily Caller, December 25, 2014

The North Koreans alone won’t save Western Civilization. We may have to help.

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Too Late Now to Sell Obama Short
Human Events, December 10, 2014

Were you part of the smart money that got out of Obama Inc. early?

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Obama’s Last Chance: Promoting Marriage Can Restore His Presidency
The Daily Caller, December 2, 2014

President Obama is no good at politics so he should try a new game — marrying his desperation for a favorable legacy to a public good.

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The Federal Trade Commission’s Unwelcome Birthday
Washington Times, November 6, 2014

Americans have paid dearly for 100 years of anticompetitive regulation.

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John Kerry: “Some of My Best Friends are Jews”
TheFederalist.com, November 4, 2014

Frantically, frenetically, the Obama people play the gender card, or cards, and the race card.

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Pumpkin Papers Irregulars Tribute to M. Stanton Evans
Human Events, October 30, 2014

There is no one in the Conservative Movement who has not heard of Stan Evans.

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A Birthday Wish for John Dingell (and Good Riddance)
The Washington Times, July 7, 2014

The Michigan Democrat was infamous for his dirty tactics.

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D-Day, 2014: A Remembrance
TheFederalist.com, June 6, 2014

You might think that today, the battle that changed the course of Western Civilization would have bit more resonance. the course of what?

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Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Student Debt Has Got to Go!
TheFederalist.com, May 8, 2014

Thirty-eight million students with loans are an opportunity for Republicans, who should solve their problem, but only by doing something . . . Democrats would rather die than let happen.

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After Ukraine, What Should U.S. Strategy Be in Europe?
Washington Times, April 8, 2014

When was the last time you read the NATO Treaty?

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Republican Social Justice?
The American Conservative, March 11, 2014

AEI’s Arthur Brooks tries to add a new layer of varnish to an old GOP agenda.

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A Valentines Day Shooting in the Other Washington
The American Conservative, February 20, 2014

Crime in Washington, whether it’s up or down, takes place primarily “somewhere else,” in the . . . lower-class neighborhoods.

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2012

Intelligent Design: A Review of If Not Us, Who?: William Rusher, National Review, and the Conservative Movement by David B. Frisk
The Claremont Review, August 2, 2012

Rusher devoted almost all his energy to his primary passion: the politics of saving America.

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2011

Conscripts in a Ponzi Scheme
The American Spectator, June 13, 2011

To fix Social Security, we will have to assign two tasks to the young: pay more and retire later. What’s in that for them?

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Social Security and the Ghost of Ephram Nestor
The American Spectator, April 6, 2011

Americans are doomed to a clunky Model T retirement system designed by Franklin Roosevelt unless Republicans can make themselves useful.

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Dracon for President?
The American Spectator, February 22, 2011

Democrats described the Republicans’ budget cuts as drastic, double meat ax, death spiral, and, yes, draconian. Republicans called it democratic.

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Mitch Daniels and the CPAC Moment
The American Spectator, February 14, 2011

Gov. Daniels gave a great speech. Thirty-one minutes. Forty-two applause lines. But two legs of his three-legged stool were missing.

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The New America Firsters
The American Spectator, February 7, 2011

Central to America’s financial good health is a change in Washington’s culture, like the change Adm. Yamamoto brought to the America Firsters.

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Getting Serious About Regulations — NOT!
The American Spectator, February 2, 2011

All regulations that impose requirements on businesses with fifteen or more employees should be amended to affect only businesses with fifty or more employees

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Egypt and the Realpolitik of Violence and Freedom
The American Spectator, January 31, 2011

To think that violence is always bad is not to know that violence can be the handmaiden of freedom.

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The Real State of the Union
The American Spectator, January 27, 2011

To balance the budget we may have to cut expenses that we all agree are important.

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All That Gold
The American Spectator, January 24, 2011

The income-tax burden is $2.3 trillion. The regulatory burden is $1.75 trillion. That’s where the gold is.

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Operation Mainstreaming
The American Spectator, January 17, 2011

Should the Smithsonian use its semi-governmental position, and taxpayer funds, to try to confer “mainstream” status on behavior that most Americans think is aberrant and fringy?

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Reading the Constitution
The American Spectator, January 12, 2011

Here’s a fact that will astound liberal progressives: we actually have a constitution, and it has — or had — a purpose.

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2010

Review of Signature in a Cell
December 1, 2010

Signature in the Cell is a wonderful read, particularly at Christmas, and while you read you hear the cracking of the liberals’ icy-cold objection to allowing God in the public square.

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America the Generous
The American Spectator, August 11, 2010

Individual Americans are generous, but Congress cannot be, by definition because it gives away other people’s money.

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Mau-Mauing the Free Press
The American Spectator, August 3, 2010

Government financing of the press without government influence? About as likely as finding a chaste maid in Cheapside.

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Corn vs. Coronary Bypass Surgery
The American Spectator, July 28, 2010

Our philosopher-king guardians have encouraged us to think socialistically about health care, but not yet about food production and distribution.

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News Quiz #3 Report Card
The American Spectator, July 26, 2010
Report card on readers who guessed which news paragraphs were bogus.

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News Quiz #3
The American Spectator, July 19, 2010

In which readers are again asked to identify the bogus news item.

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Rand Paul and Halitosis
The American Spectator, July 12, 2010

Discussing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 during a campaign is like telling the bride she has halitosis — as you carry her across the threshold.

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A Separate Peace?
The American Spectator, June 28, 2010

It will always be necessary to stand athwart history and make no peace with — indeed, to make war on — social engineering, in whatever guise it manifests itself.

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Barack Obama’s Square Box
The American Spectator, June 18, 2010

Obama’s performance will not get better, because he lacks the experience and the imagination to make it better.

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Alphaomegaizing the Conservative Movement
The American Spectator, in the June 5, 2010 magazine

The Conservative Movement, as a movement, ended in 1980 — when it won.

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News Quiz #2
The American Spectator, May 10, 2010

Can you spot the bogus paragraphs in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?

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News Quiz for Discerning American Spectator Readers
The American Spectator, May 5, 2010

In this contest, readers are asked to identify the bogus news item.

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Freedom Worth Its Salt
The American Spectator, April 28, 2010

When should civil disobedience begin? Surely not over salt. But salt is not the issue.

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The Curious Incident at the New York Times
The American Spectator, April 13, 2010

The New York Times seems to be more interested in protecting its friends in the homosexual community than youngsters.

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Lash and Chain Morality
The American Spectator, March 10, 2010

ObamaCare is not madness. Madness is a medical term. The political term is socialism.

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WBHO and WBHO FM in the Nation’s Capital
The American Spectator, March 8, 2010

When the president speaks, he hopes you can’t tell the difference between Goldilocks and Goldfinger.

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Reloading: A review of Going Rogue: An American Life, by Sarah Palin
The American Spectator, January 29, 2010 and in the February 13, 2010 magazine

Gov. Palin believes in the Tenth Amendment and (or is it because?) she also believes in personal responsibility.

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Three Smooth Stones
The American Spectator, January 26, 2010

How Republicans can counter the president’s State of the Union speech.

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2009

Nobody’s Pluperfect:  A review of Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor, by Matt Latimer

The American Spectator, December 14, 2009

This is a laugh-out-loud book with a serious message.

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Laughing Gas: A review of The Death of Conservatism by Sam Tanenhaus
The American Spectator, October 1, 2009

Obama, Tanenhaus tell us, is a — no sniggering now — explicitly, non-ideological centrist. HA!

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What’s Your Metric?
The American Spectator, September 2, 2009

How do we talk about freedom if we have no metric?

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Richard Cohen’s Wild Moose Chase
The American Spectator, August 21, 2009

Cohen professes to be scandalized by Joe McCarthy’s drinking, but not, apparently, by JFK’s whoring.

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Accuracy Is Desirable
The American Spectator, March 9, 2009

Quotable quotes are sometimes not quotes after all.

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Saving Senator Burris
The American Spectator, February 29, 2009

Senator Burris’s (D, IL) résumé is more impressive than President Obama’s.

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Selling Obama Short
The American Spectator, February 25, 2009

If Barack Obama were a stock, would you be buying or selling?

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2008

Conservatism and Civil Rights
The Claremont Review, October 9, 2008

If Abraham Lincoln could countenance slavery to preserve the Union, what was wrong with Conservatives’ countenancing Jim Crow a little longer for the sake of preserving the nation’s constitutional architecture?

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A Born Teacher: A review of Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription: Notes and Asides from National Review by William F. Buckley, Jr., and of Strictly Right: William F. Buckley, Jr. and the American Conservative Movement by Linda Bridges and John R. Coyne, Jr.
The Claremont Review, April 29, 2008

Buckley was certainly the most important intellectual political man, of the second half of the 20th century.

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McCain’s Not A Conservative, But That’s OK
CBS News/National Review, February 19th 2008

What is a conservative? Essentially, someone who is temperamentally suspicious of government.

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Deciding Abortion: The Key Questions
NRO, May 2, 2005, and National Review, May 9, 2005

The first issue in the debate is whether the fetus is a person. The second is how we should behave if we can’t conclusively decide the first.

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A League Of His Own
The Washington Times, May 31st 2001, with M.D.B. Carlisle

Much of the analysis of the decision by Sen. Jim Jeffords to switch parties is nonsense.

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The Hand on Rocker’s Cradle
The Washington Times, June 14, 2000 , with M.D.B. Carlisle

Rocker is Hollywood’s child, left as a changeling on the conservatives’ doorstep.

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