Those who oppose self defense at it again, at home and abroad

By Tim Inwood There are days after reading or watching news stories, that I am convinced a good chunk of the world has taken leave of their senses. In recent days I read an editorial in the Cincinnati Enquirer advocating the banning of handguns. The author of this tripe was a Cincinnati Lawyer named Robert B. Newman. Somehow he has gotten the notion that the solution to the crime problem in...

Writer: Ohio gun owners made up 27% of vote in 2000

On August 10, a columnist in the Minneapolis Star Tribune presented information which affirmed one of the central points made in Ken Hanson's rebuttal to Associated Press reporter Julie Carr-Smyth's recent complaints that Ohio gubernatorial candidates are battling for gun votes while “only” 400,000 out of 11 million Ohioans have a hunting license or a concealed handgun license. In his rebuttal to...

Dispatch: Few conceal-carry permits revoked, records show

Ohio's establishment media is finally getting around to reporting on stats for first quarter 2006 concealed handgun license issuance, news which was published on this website back in May. The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday that, two years after Ohio sheriffs began issuing licenses allowing residents to carry concealed guns, VERY few of those licenses have been suspended or revoked. Robert...

National interest in a “Victim Bill of Rights”

By Jim Irvine The past week has seen a nationwide flurry of interest in “Castle Doctrine” or “Stand your Ground” or “Victim Bill of Rights” legislation. No matter the name, it does the same three things: If someone breaks into your home, you may respond with deadly force. If you are outside your home, but are there legally, you do not need to retreat before deadly force. If forced to use deadly...

Clarett arrest shows Columbus is still Mentelly challenged

By Ken Hanson We here in the Mentel Ward are shocked to report that there has been another assault rifle sighting in safe, secure Columbus. In case you missed it, Columbus City Council member Mike Mentel sponsored a worthless Assault Weapon (or Mentel) Ban a little over a year ago in the interests of public safety. According to Mr. Mentel, it certainly WAS NOT passed to harass law-abiding gun...

Making a difference in STATE politics

By Jim Irvine When asked who their State Senator is, a lot of people reply with, “Mike DeWine” or “George Voinovich.” These are Ohio’s two US Senators. They work in Washington with/against President Bush. They have no more to do with running our state than Senator Kennedy (D-MA) or Senator Clinton (D-NY). Each of us also has a Congressman, sometimes called a US Representative. They also work in...

Op-Ed: Saving the Children

By Gerard Valentino (This commentary has also been published at CNSNews.com ) A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that 24,000 children are injured in shopping-cart accidents every year. A staggering 85% of those children are under five years of age. That dwarfs the number of children who were injured with guns last year. It appears that your child has a much better chance...

Blade writer: Amount of personal information on Internet ''scary''

By Chad D. Baus The Toledo Blade's Ryan Smith, whom I will always remember fondly for a column he wrote after attending the 2004 World Rock Paper Scissors Championships in Toronto, recently wrote about how he had investigated himself online, and that what he found was "scary". From the Smith's commentary: With all the information out on the Internet today, it's hard not to worry about all the...

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