Washington Post Advice Columnist Gets it Right on Irrational Fear of School Shootings

These days the cynical adage “if it bleeds, it leads” seems as applicable to the news media as ever. This is all the more reason that Washington Post advice columnist Carolyn Hax should be applauded for a recent piece where she sought to quell her readers’ out-sized fears about school shootings. Titled, “ Apply the empirical method to your school-shooting anxieties ,” Hax urged her readers to...

City of Toledo questions gun manufacturers; says "unsuccessful" answers will result in no contracts

Earlier this month, the City of Toledo announced a new policy that says it will only purchase firearms from "responsible" gun companies. In order to determine which companies are "responsible," city officials say they will ask six questions of manufacturers: Those questions are: Do you manufacture assault weapons for civilian use? Do you sell assault weapons for civilian use? Which firearms does...

BFA endorsees to pack Senate majority leadership for 133rd General Assembly

Buckeye Firearms Association endorsees have been elected by Senate Republicans to a majority of leadership positions for the 133rd General Assembly, which convenes in January. The incoming Senate Republican Caucus re-elected BFA "A+"-rated Sen. Larry Obhof to serve as Senate President. The other members of next year's Senate Republican leadership team are: "A"-rated Sen. Bob Peterson (R-Sabina),...

Thanksgiving: George Washington's 1789 Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor -- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful...

H.B. 228 (Fix Burden of Proof/Concealed Carry Modernization) – The Legislative Road Ahead

H.B. 228 (Fix Burden of Proof/Concealed Carry Modernization), sponsored by Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) and Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) passed the full House on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Now what? The bill moves to the Senate. The Senate Reference Committee will review the bill and assign it to a standing committee. This is likely to happen on November 27 or 28. Once assigned to a...

BOOK REVIEW: Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules - A Children’s Book About Gun Safety

More frequently than not the teachable moments in my household were precipitated by unexpected events. From breaking a picture frame to knocking down mailboxes with cars, teachable moments covered those unexpected times when I overcame my natural tendency to get angry, choosing instead to try and make it a learning experience. The things taught in those moments were varied, but focused on one...

Should teachers carry guns in classrooms?

The following op-ed first appeared in the Columbus Dispatch . Republished with permission of the author. Arming teachers and school staff sounds radical to some people, but it’s a simple and effective option to respond to deadly threats in our schools. Objections spring from ignorance about the reality of mass murder and the role school staff can play to stop it. Consider common misconceptions:...

Spring Valley Wildlife Area Range modernization

Spring Valley Wildlife Area range located in southwest Ohio's Greene County is the most popular ODNR Division of Wildlife public shooting facility. Now it is getting a major upgrade. It has been many years since the range facility was last renovated. It has served the shooting public well and met the demands of most shooters. However, it was starting to age so the Division of Wildlife made the...

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