February 28, 2017

Mark Twain on the statistics of indiscriminate mass shootings in 2015

As the debate over how public policy should respond to mass shootings whips into a heated fury of facts, figures, statistics and memes, I can’t help but remember Mark Twain’s insight on the media: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” The last few days have seen a proliferation of examples […]

San Bernardino, knee-jerk reactions, and the hope for change

It may be too late for me to post-up my knee-jerk reaction to yesterday’s shootings in San Bernardino. It is a tragedy, and I hurt for those who have been killed or injured and for their families and loved ones. Nothing of this world can restore to them to what was lost yesterday. Today, in […]

Senator Stephenson files bill to encourage Beretta to move to Utah

Maryland’s loss could become Utah’s gain. As Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley this week signed one of the strictest gun control laws in the nation,  firearms manufacturer Beretta considered  the effect of the new law on it long-time manufacturing operations in the state. “We are confronted with a state government that wants to ban our products […]

Spending, not guns, on our minds

A funny thing happened to President Obama on his way to increasing federal regulation of firearms. Members of Congress noticed that gun control wasn’t a top priority for their constituents and handed the President his first major legislative loss. Instead, Americans are still more concerned about the economy and the state of our fiscal house. […]

To filibuster or not to filibuster…

When is a filibuster an effective tool to raise public awareness? And when is it the anti-democratic tool of the minority to stop legislation it opposes? A couple weeks ago, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky took to the Senate floor to speak against the nomination of John Brennan as head of the CIA because Paul opposed the […]

Publius Online on Utah Political Capitol’s podcast

On Monday, I was a guest on Utah Political Capitol’s weekly podcast. A new venture in the Utah political landscape, my conversation was with Eric Ethington and Curtis Haring, by their description two “long-time Utah politicos.” They are friends, and though we often disagree on public policy (I met Curtis during his time in leadership at the […]

Gun laws won’t stop violence, but do infringe the 2nd Amendment [KSL]

On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo of New York called for passage of the toughest gun laws in the country. But do more gun laws result in less violence?