Unlike many of my fellow Americans I’m not as concerned about President Elect Trump’s many conflicts of interest or his taxes as his mental state. Before assuming office, as a Federal Employee, he absolutely needs a psych evaluation and mandatory drug test.
Today President Elect Donald Trump said. “We’re going to create jobs. I said that I will be the greatest jobs producer that God ever created.”
I sure as hell hope not because to my mind the greatest jobs creator God ever created was war.
In any rational debate it is important to have a command of the facts. The current gun control debate unfortunately is not informed by facts but rather conjecture and anecdotal evidence that would never fly in a court of law. You would think that in a country whose murder rate is 20 times higher than in other wealthy societies we all would want credible research to back up our positions, regardless of which side we were on.
Since 1996, Congress has prevented first the CDC and now NIH, from spending any money that could be construed as advocating or promoting gun control. The 2012 restrictions were a direct result of the conclusions reached by a group who concluded that a gun did not prevent its owner from being shot during an assault. (Nature 488, 129; 2012). This paper was dismissed by the NRA as nothing more than junk science, however this was only one paper and more research could have suggested the exact opposite to be true.
Consensus conclusions and the policies that derive from them are informed from conducting a large number of rigorous scientific studies. The NRA, supported by Senators Lee and Hatch, do not even want that.
If we accept the argument that more guns in more hands would make us safer, it would logically follow that more nuclear weapons (and more countries owning them) would make the world a better place to live.
Congratulations once again to the Salt Lake Tribune’s news and editorial staff for their blood lust passion in making a defective and dangerous member of the human race infamous. By sensationalizing the legalized euthanasia of Ronnie Lee Gardner, you have once again shown that your true colors of greed and vengeance, are at the core of your philosophy.
One of our generations greatest poets, Bob Dylan summed up your paper’s support for revenge and profit in his opening line to his song “Desolation Row,” “They’re selling post cards of the hanging, they’re painting the passports brown.” I truly believe that you too would sell the same post cards to the ignorant masses given the opportunity.
I do believe the state had a valid reason to execute Mr. Gardner but only because he could not be incarcerated without flight risk or risk to those that protect us from people like him. In general I am opposed to the death penalty as it is applied in this country as it has proven to be cost ineffective, biased and occasionally resulted in the state sanctioned murder of an innocent person. Mr. Gardner’s blood is on my hands but I will not profit from it.
Half mile from the railroad track
lived a young fella named Nigel Black
He and his wife Della lived in a trailer shack
See some rooms from where I sat
Wood burning stove, 2 kids, one cat
Fighting and forgiving and all of that
Deer legs and heads upon his roof
Don’t believe me I have some proof
By the Bear river
We lived, a sliver of life.
It might escape notice
to a young novice
We even shared his wife.
Got em a 76 pickup G M C
Crease down the middle, didn’t bother me
Down came the tree ,Timber yelled he
Just missed Della you see
Hot tubs and Hookers
Food Broker’s and Hooker
All in all we were pretty tame
Because everybody looked the same