Time to talk red flag laws. Listening to those who work on forwarding constructive solutions to gun violence, I hear a common story. If you can take the time to go through what is proposed, step-by-step, one-on-one, it can allay a lot of concerns and dispel a lot of misunderstandings.
Taking that lesson, I wrote an article going through the details of red flag laws. With the help of Representative Robert Wittenberg, I went beyond the talking points so many throw out there without understanding what is really going on. Instead I broke down what exactly red flag laws are, how they work, and what they actually do. Please take a look:
Torchlight Media: Everything You Need to Know about Red Flag Laws
On Monday, Donald Trump literally made the United States an empty chair when it comes to climate change. He and his aides offered up lame excuses. Then rump voiced an even lamer view of what should matter in the wake of this global environmental crisis. I talk about it in my most recent article for Torchlight Media.
Torchlight Media: Trump’s Empty Chair on Climate Change
Ken Cuccinelli recently mutilated of meaning behind the Statue of Liberty and “The New Colossus” to justify his racist policies. White nationalists right now sit in the highest seats of power in the land, pushing their horrid agendas and vandalizing our history to give them a sense of legitimacy. I broke down what’s going on. Check it out at Torchlight Media.
Torchlight Media: Trump’s White Nationalist Administration Slaps Liberty in the Face Again
I wrote this on my Facebook wall, inspired by media and punditry’s continued silence on where we are now:
WARNING: POTENTIALLY UPSETTING DISCUSSION
Violated. Yesterday I felt broken. Today, I realize that a big part of that is I feel violated. I have had so many emotions and thoughts churning inside me regarding the most recent mass shootings, but this one had to come out.
Last Sunday, a gunman injured several people and killed three at a food festival. The people killed were 6, 13, and 25 years old. The future of America murdered by our present reality.
So, I thought I should lay out some of the statistics on gun violence in this country. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The reality is that we do have a problem with gun violence in America, and it disproportionately affects our young people, women, and minorities. We need to do better. We need to grow up.
A couple of weeks ago, Torchlight Media distilled my various Facebook posts on Trump’s Tweet telling four American citizens, duly elected congresswomen no less, to “go back home”, i.e., to a country other than the United States.
On this Fourth of July, I know a lot of people who have celebration plans. I know others who can’t bring themselves to celebrate, in light of certain humanitarian crises created by our own government with no remorse and no intention of mitigating anything any time soon. And I know of some who are all gung ho for a display of military might in Washington, DC because why shouldn’t there be?
When it comes to the immigration practices at the southern border, like many people, I find myself heart-heavy and mind overflowing with too many thoughts, all fighting to come out. In such circumstances, I can’t always find the words. Yet, I feel compelled to try. Here are the ones I managed. If they move you, if you feel they are useful, or if you feel they are effective in any way, please share and spread the word.
Torchlight Article: The Darkness of Trump’s Immigration Policy.
Warning: Linked article contains graphic images.
As the 2020 presidential debate season kicks into gear, we need to demand more of the candidates.
Torchlight Media Article: “Policies, Not Political Pablum.”
The article touches on something I strongly urge we do more often. As I described in an earlier blog, we should ask “how.”