Whenever there is a high-profile tragedy involving firearms, the national debate turns to gun control. That debate includes a lot statistics about gun deaths, but here's one statistic you probably didn't realize: Most gun deaths in America are suicides. According to a report from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, hardly a bastion of sympathy for gun rights, roughly 60 percent of deaths resulting from the use of a firearm are suicides. Of that total, about 79 percent are white men.
With the 2018 election cycle already in full swing it is perhaps not surprising that Senator Heidi Heitkamp is grandstanding on legislation she has named after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a Fargo resident and Spirit Lake Sioux tribal member who was abducted and murdered earlier this year.
Former Congressman Rick Berg has been in the news this election cycle as he’s pondering running for the U.S. Senate again. He ran in 2012, of course, after one term in the U.S. House and decades in the North Dakota House before that, but lost by just a few thousand votes to Senator Heidi Heitkamp. I had Berg on my radio show yesterday to talk about that loss, and the potential for a new campaign: To continue reading the Say Anything blog click here .
After the horrific events in Las Vegas gun control is, once again, a topic of national debate. Which is fine by me, as I’ve said on my radio show and elsewhere this week. The people proposing gun control have good intentions. They genuinely feel these policies will make us safer. They’re just wrong is all.
This week we started our Monday off with news of horror and tragedy from Las Vegas. A man, with no discernible motive based on the facts as we know now, opened fire on a crowd of country music fans killing dozens and wounding hundreds. In the wake of this incident we got the usual demands for gun control from the usual suspects, and while I generally oppose knee-jerk restrictions on civil rights such as keeping and bearing arms, I understand why people go there.
State Senator Tom Campbell, the only declared Republican candidate for North Dakota’s U.S. Senate in 2018, has released his fifth television ad of the 2018 election cycle. Yes, five. Already. With about three months left of 2017. Campbell is clearly out to buy himself some attention, and this latest ad titled “Do Unto Others” will probably get a lot of attention. Just not for the reason Campbell was thinking.
We all woke up this morning to awful news from Las Vegas. A man, for reasons unknown at this point, opened fire on a country music festival wounding hundreds and killing dozens. It’s being reported by some as the most deadly mass shooting in American history. I don’t know how accurate that is, but suffice it to say that the carnage is awful. Yet all too familiar. Mass shootings and the intense coverage of them by the media have become routine. Why do they keep happening?
Yesterday Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread ripped Congress for their inaction on healthcare reform while announcing that the insurance company Medica was leaving North Dakota’s iteration of the Obamacare exchanges.
I will admit to being something of a cynic when it comes to so-called "first lady issues." Most of them seem shallow and trite, and I'm not sure why we expect those married to the people we elect to lead us feel compelled to enter the public policy arena in the first place. We elect the spouse, after all. The position of first lady (or, uh, first dude?) doesn't exist on anyone's ballot anywhere. These people have no mandate from the electorate to pursue any sort of a public policy or social agenda at all, but they do it anyway.
“Dakota Access Pipeline LLC has donated $15 million to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (DES) to help retire debt incurred by the state as a result of its response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests,” Governor Doug Burgum announced in a press release which just dropped in my inbox.