Open Carry Denied – The Retail Dominoes Fall; First Walmart, Now Publix And 7 More

  by Richard Cameron   National Compass recently published a comprehensive and wide ranging report on the issue of open carry in the United States; an issue that has become a prime facet of the debate over gun violence and the high visibility sub set of gun deaths – mass shootings. In that report, “Open Carry – The Legality, The Ethics And The Risk To Public Safety” we covered specifics of laws applying to open carry, both at the federal level and its status in the various states. We also…

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Gun Violence In America – The Show Must NOT Go On

Young woman kneeling at flowers left and mourning after El Paso shooting.

  by Jennifer Keller Puebla   We’ve had another mass shooting in America. And another. And another. We say “in America” even though that’s pretty much a given. We say it in order to imagine we aren’t the only ones. But we know we nearly are. We’re the only ones making gun violence normal. The only ones making it part of the routine to just get on with our lives when hundreds of others can’t. The dead, the injured, the mourning, and the traumatized will never return to the lives…

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Trump Blames Media On Mass Shootings, Takes No Personal Responsibility

video still of Donald Trump at a rally in Panama City, Florida in May

  by Richard Cameron   After having been mostly invisible during the 24 hours since 31 people were murdered in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, along with dozens more wounded – Donald Trump has emerged from the cocoon of his Golf resort in New Jersey, to comment on the on the mass shootings. Trump did intermittently tweet during that space of time, issuing some hollow notes about “God Bless Dayton” and “God Bless El Paso”, but these were less than consequential, not only because for Trump to invoke the…

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School Shootings Part Two – A Warning About Mishandling The Mental Health Component

photo of an informational display from the post war era, created by the Minnesota Mental Hygiene Society, touting the benefits to individuals and society of mental health treatment and counseling.

by Richard Cameron   In the first of this series on the mental health factors of school shooters, we examined the general outlines of the three main categories or psychological profiles of the (mostly) young men who commit these attacks.  In this follow up report, we’ll set forth the hazards of getting the public into a mindset of amateur diagnoses that could conceivably derail any successful program devised to assist those vulnerable individuals in need of professional counseling and treatment.  Before we do, however, I would just like to forward…

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School Shootings And The Factors Of Mental Illness – Part One

photo of a group of male high school students

by Richard Cameron   With the most recent school shooting by Nikolas Cruz at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a number of solutions are being considered – with added measures of gun control in the forefront. Whether, and to what extent additional gun control legislation will in any way address the problem, is debatable – and of course, as you have noticed, is being debated.  But in this first of a series of  reports we will focus on one of the other common denominators in the shootings. …

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