A Cure for Mass Shootings Doesn’t Exist - Every time there is a mass shooting, a chorus goes up: “We must do something to keep this from happening again. We can’t tolerate it any longer.” Revulsion understandably creates a demand for remedies. But every time, we do nothing, to the fury of those who denounce the inaction as shameful. There is a simple explanation, though, for the […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...
Future Uncertain for Schools Deserting Civil War Past - You can’t go far in Northern Virginia without being reminded of the Civil War: The historical markers confront you near the Bailey’s Crossroads Old Navy and the Burger King by what was at one time Springfield Station; they’re at the O&E Railroad Trestle on the local running trail and in front of what was the site of the Rose Hill […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...
Against Gun Control: The ‘I Want To’ Factor - So, let’s imagine that in response to the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting, the government, federal or state, strongly tightens control of firearms. And then what? No more shootings? No more Nikolas Cruzes and such like, taking out their personal malice on the innocent and unwary? I speak as a lifelong non-owner of guns when I […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...
News From Around the South 2/12 to 2/19 - SOUTH CAROLINA: Civil War Museum Doesn’t Want State House Confederate Flag COLUMBIA, S.C. — The S.C. Confederate Relic Room commission reluctantly approved on Thursday a pared-down plan to display the Confederate flag that was removed in 2015 from the State House grounds. Several commission members said the flag does not belong in the Confederate Relic […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...
America’s Complex Threat Environment - On February 13, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee and discussed his just-released “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community” report. That document synthesizes what U.S. military and civilian intelligence analysts, cyber warriors and counter-intelligence experts regard as the “sobering” (a word Coats used) threats to the […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...