Here’s what I know about ‘assault weapons’

Much has been written about why “assault weapons” should be banned. I don’t know why people call them “assault weapons” except that they’ve become identified with modern, highly mobile infantry squads that are frequently seen in movies and in news video kicking in doors and moving into a free-fire zone. They actually should be called […]

Shamelessly flogging my novel

Yes, like every ink-stain’d wretch on the planet, I have a novel. This one’s written, edited, proofed and self-published exclusively on I’m waiting for a couple of reviewers to finish reading and then writing their reviews so everyone will know just how damn good it is. Until then, you’ll have to take my word […]

My FoI expedition came up empty

The envelope from the U.S. Department of Justice was just thick enough to be encouraging, just thin enough to be disappointing. All these years of being a journalist, and this was the first time I’d requested a copy of the FBI’s files on a citizen; it was my very first FoI request! I eagerly tore […]

Time to go all-in; repeal the Sacred Second.

“Gun ownership should never be outlawed, just as it isn’t outlawed in Britain or Australia. But it doesn’t need a blanket Constitutional protection, either.” I’m joining the “repeal and replace” movement. No, not that one. I mean the one that gives Wayne LaPierre night sweats and prompted the NRA to replace its hoary old male […]