Why I’ll Never Shoot Another AR-15

The AR-15 rifle, with its unmistakable, nasty-looking contours has become the poster child of the gun debate. Gun control advocates demonize the rifle as much, I think, for its lethal appearance as for its ability to kill people. Meanwhile, gun enthusiasts and the NRA talk like they’d sooner lose limbs than part with their tricked-out … Continue reading Why I’ll Never Shoot Another AR-15

Immigrant Caravans and Homegrown Shooters

Perhaps the most ironic moment in President Trump’s recent State of the Union address was when he introduced relatives of Gerald and Sharon David. The Davids, Trump explained, were murdered in their Reno, Nevada-home by a Salvadoran man in the country illegally. Watching the whole thing unfold felt like taking part in an act of … Continue reading Immigrant Caravans and Homegrown Shooters

Why Buying A Shotgun Made Me Want Better Gun Laws

Back in 2007, when my only daughter was nine years old, I read a news report about a now-infamous home invasion and murder of the Petit family in Cheshire, CT. The whole thing freaked me out. The mother and her two beautiful daughters were brutally raped and murdered while the father was incapacitated by a … Continue reading Why Buying A Shotgun Made Me Want Better Gun Laws

Killing Zombies

Zombies had never been my thing. My first real exposure to zombie flicks came on a train ride from New York City to Albany when I was tired of working and turned to Netflix for some mindless entertainment. It was entirely out of character for me to choose Word War Z, but the trailer made … Continue reading Killing Zombies