Time for some personal history. I’m a FOID card holder — that’s Firearm Owners’ Identification card for those non-Illinoisans in the audience. I’ve had mine for a few years now. I don’t actually own a firearm, but a FOID is required to handle guns in Illinois, even at places like a gun range. A CCL — Concealed Carry License — is required for Illinoisans to actually carry any firearm around. I don’t have any intention of ever getting a CCL.
So why would I want a FOID if I have no intention of carrying or really owning a firearm?
I’m writing this piece because I’m tired of trying to explain to people that Illinois is not a blue state. Not really at least. Not in the traditional sense that the national media loves to portray. Anyone who has lived in this state knows the reality is far more nuanced; its politics far more splintered; and its people far more divided.
I remember talking to someone from the coast once, telling them I’m from Illinois. They asked if that was in Chicago.
I laughed and said it was, figuring that was a conversation that wasn’t going to lead anywhere quick…
It is often wrongly stated that America doesn’t have an official religion — we do, but it is not Christianity as some in power would assert.
America worships at the Holy Church of the Line, a postmodern interpretation of the standard Bible that substitutes humanity for economy. A version of Christianity that eschews the words of the Teacher in favor of the Venture Capitalist.
The Church of Line cares not about Proverbs 14:31
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,
but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
Nor the words of Luke 6:20
Then he looked…
Reimagining the Constitution for a new generation of Americans
The proposal: create a new Bill of Rights that addresses the outstanding flaws of modern democracy while working to ensure a more perfect, and just, union.
As pandemics rage against populations; as state violence cripples entire communities; and as trust in government craters to new lows, it is altogether fitting that America recommit itself to the values and ideals it holds dear.
Submitted below are seven fundamental amendments to the Constitution designed to provide redress to a citizenry left behind in the growing chaos of antiquated and failing institutions. …
Gilroy — El Paso — Dayton.
Three massive shootings. This week.
When preparing for an active shooter situation, the advice you’ll always get is Run, Hide, Fight. It’s a framework for survival.
As a nation, we’ve tried running from our gun violence problems. After Columbine, we ran to any explanation we could think of: it was the music they listened to, or the video games they played. That sure as hell didn’t work.
Then America tried hiding from the problem: we hid behind Thoughts and Prayers. We hid behind “now isn’t the time to politicize the dead” and “all we…
A year ago, I wrote this piece following the shooting in Parkland, Florida. It was the single hardest thing I’ve ever written. I debated if I should simply update the statistics for this year, but I knew deep down, that it would accomplish little more than make me well up with tears yet again.
If 30 mass shootings weren’t enough, what makes anyone think that 50 or 70 or even 1,000 would be? Clearly the sheer body count does little to make a dent in the national consciousness these days.
I could add all the places that have…
A follow-up to this piece from February 2019 is available here.
In the United States, there have been over 6,600 gun-related incidents since January 1, 2018 during which 1,838 people have been killed. Of those, 416 deaths/injures have been of people under the age of 17, and 69 have been under age 11. Over 3,100 people have already been injured because of these incidents already this year, which is an average of over 67 people a day.
There have been 30 mass shootings (incidents with 4 or more people injured/killed). …