• Massachusetts

    Loose Bullets and Loose Cannons

    Loose Bullets and Loose Cannons   Published at CounterPunch on April 22, 2019 The Huffington Post (“Substitute Teacher Fired After Bullets Fall Out Of Pockets In Pre-K Class,” April 15, 2019) reported the story of the substitute pre-kindergarten teacher at an elementary school in Millbury, Massachusetts who had been fired because he dropped loose bullets from his pocket in class. That incident prompted a search of his home that found unsecured guns. It seems unfathomable that a person could carry loose bullets around in a school environment (not illegal in Massachusetts) among young children without noticing, but given the benefit of the doubt, perhaps a busy schedule, or other issue, might have…

  • September 29

    On Hallowed Ground

    On Hallowed Ground Published at CounterPunch as “On Hallowed Ground: Guns At Kent State” on September 27, 2018. On Hallowed Ground: Guns at Kent State The three defining events of the Vietnam War era, from my point of view, were the massacre at My Lai in Vietnam and the massacres of students at Kent State University by members of the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970, and the murders by police of students at Jackson State. At Kent State, Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer, and William Schroeder were killed. At Jackson State in Mississippi on May 15, 1970, Phillip Gibbs and Earl Green were killed. Twelve others were…

  • gun violence

    What the Founders Had in Mind

       Public domain photo titled: famous-las-vegas   What the Founders Had in Mind MGM Resorts is suing over 1,000 people, among whom 58 were killed when Stephen Paddock opened fire on a nearby concert from his room at the Mandalay Bay hotel (“Mandalay Bay Owner Sues Las Vegas Shooting Victims,” Huffington Post, July 17, 2018). The hotel’s parent company is preemptively suing some concertgoers on the basis of a 2002 federal act that enabled venues such as hotels, etc. to be in compliance with the dictates of the Department of Homeland Security in ensuring that the venue/business has taken the necessary precautions to “protect… against mass injury.” “Mandalay Bay’s negligence…

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