Second Amendment

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Dealing with Threats to Our Bodies and Our Rights

By John Loughlin | June 4, 2022 |

John Loughlin speaks with Dr. Tim Shafman about cancer and Glenn Valentine of the RI Firearm Owners League about the prospect (and legality) of proposed gun regulation

Van Gough's Prisoners Exercising

The gun-controllers’ dehumanizing talking point proves the importance of the Second Amendment.

By Justin Katz | June 4, 2022 |

The day of the school shooting in Ulvade, Joe Biden took to his national platform to blame people who disagree him about the Second Amendment and the practical steps to stop mass shootings: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” That talking point has filtered down throughout the…

A joint in a dirty hand.

As with guns, the culture is important to consider when it comes to marijuana.

By Justin Katz | June 1, 2022 |

The issues of gun regulation and marijuana legalization have an interesting overlap, even as they head in opposite directions. To increase regulation of the former, advocates insist that we focus on the implements used for harm (the guns) and eschew — sometimes with great vehemence and insult to those who disagree — the notion that…

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Ulvade exposed a contradiction in our policy compromises around gun regulation.

By Justin Katz | June 1, 2022 |

Policy arguments driven by emotion will often have incoherent gaps in their logic, and the Ulvade shooting exposes a big one. Emotional people tend to focus on the most-dramatic element in a scene, which in this case is the shooter, and the solution appears to them to be removal of the gun.  The problem is…

Matt Brown swears in kick-off video

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Tragedy of Politics

By Justin Katz | May 31, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz talk about Ocean State and national politics.

A water drop and ripples

The logic of “gun control” is not difficult to follow.

By Justin Katz | May 29, 2022 |

Reviewing the details of school shootings, the other day for an online conversation, I was struck by how clearly banning a particular style of gun or access-related regulations will not solve the problem.  They may or may not be justified on their merits, but to treat such policies as if they are obvious fixes is…

A child on a country road.

The impulse to turn every incident into a political question is unhealthy.

By Justin Katz | May 25, 2022 |

Especially when done with calculation for political gain. When our nation experiences another school shooting, advocates — right up to the White House, at this point — refuse to give us so much as a day to process the emotions and gather information.  They insist that they have the solutions, that they’re easy and obvious,…

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Catching up with John Loughlin’s April

By John Loughlin | April 23, 2022 |

John Loughlin conducts multiple interviews on a variety of topics during the month of April.

Richard August and Charles Calenda on State of the State

State of the State: The Republican Candidate for Attorney General

By Richard August | February 20, 2022 |

Host Richard August speaks with attorney Charles Calenda, who is seeking election to the AG’s office out of concern for how the office has been run under incumbent Peter Neronha.

A man with a bullet mask

Some keywords are strangely missing from news about increased shootings in Providence.

By Justin Katz | November 30, 2021 |

According to a chart published as part of WPRI’s report on the increase in victims of shootings in Providence, the city has regressed nearly to its 2015 level after steadily falling until 2020.  The number hit a low of 35 in 2019 and then more than doubled in 2020 and has increased from that point…