Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. – Billy Graham
Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.
This week’s topics include the Powerball jackpot, unemployment, Billings Police Department, Billy Graham, assault weapons, gun laws, Trump’s job performance, Mike Patrick, U.S. Women’s Olympic hockey team, Montana candidate filing, Greg Gianforte, and much more!
Respecting the Second Amendment does not mean abandoning common sense. The right to own guns in this country must remain, while we also must strengthen our laws to prevent mass shootings. – Claire McCaskill
I’m skipping my normal Tuesday column, “Terrific News Tuesday” to comment about the shooting Las Vegas.
We saw plenty of “thoughts and prayers” comments and posts after the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night.
The President even took time out to talk about it Monday morning. He’s even going to visit Las Vegas this week because that is what Presidents do.
I am confident we will succeed in this mission because we are on the right side of history. We were founded upon a belief in human dignity — that no matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or what religion you practice, you are equal in the eyes of God and equal in the eyes of the law. –President Barack Obama (12/06/15)
President Barack Obama addressed the nation last night to talk about terrorism. I suggest before you allow the right and left wing publications/politicians to define what was said in the speech, that you take a few minutes to read it yourself HERE.
This was far from Obama’s best speech. He attempted, as the Associated Press reported in their analysis of his speech, to tell us that it was going to be OK.
He laid out four ideas that he called the strategy to destroy ISIL – ideas that we have heard before.
He also talked about what we can do here at home to address the challenge.
When it was announced yesterday that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was pulling the assault weapons ban from the gun bill currently being looked at in Congress, I ran outside to see if I could hear assault weapons being fired into the air around my neighborhood in celebration.
My neighborhood was pretty quiet for a Tuesday afternoon. There was no sporadic gunfire to be heard.
I did hear some elementary school children laughing and having a good time during their recess a few blocks away – an elementary school that both my children attended. My thoughts then turned to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and the 20 kids who were senselessly murdered along with six adults on December 14, 2012. There are no more recesses for those children. Their parents have holes in their hearts from losing a child. I cannot imagine the pain.
For a few days (maybe a week or so) after Sandy Hook the United States seemed poised to tighten the gun laws and maybe make us just a little safer. That movement faded quickly and now we can say that the gun lobby has won, once again. Continue reading →
A faithful reader and commentator (Barry) pointed out to me that U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) made some silly remarks about veterans and gun ownership last week. So I checked it out and today’s column is about Feinstein and guns. By the way, if you have tips or ideas about columns, you can leave a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To set this up, I am a veteran who spent almost 12 years in the military (honorably discharged). I carried an M-16 rifle for several of those years. I currently own four guns, I don’t actually think President Obama is lurking outside my home waiting to take them, the Patriot Act does not scare me, and drones do not bother me (I do love to joke about all these things).
Sometimes the intelligence of elected officials fascinates me. For example, an article in Military.com about Sen. Diane Feinstein reported, “She was especially concerned over veterans being able to acquire the weapons.”