The Giant Hypocrisy of the March for Our Lives

Thousands of people flooded to Washington, D.C., on Saturday to participate in the March for Our Lives. The protest was organized in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and primarily advocated that the life of children is more important than the ability to own a gun. However, were participants and organizers of the event truly concerned about the lives of children? In an effort to answer that question, let me tell you about another hypothetical march: Thousands of people have discovered that approximately 1,820 children will be killed in the United States today. These children are defenseless,

Why the First Amendment Is at Much Greater Risk Than the Second

This article was originally posted at Townhall. Our nation’s elites are waging war on the American people, wielding the institutions they’ve spent several decades capturing to punish those who disagree with their preferred positions and to deny them the ability to speak publicly, all in an effort to stifle free and open debate. And no, this isn’t a George Orwell novel — this is the United States of America. While many still mistakenly view our political arena as a skirmish between “liberals” and “conservatives”, it would be more accurate to describe it as an all-out war between “elitists” and “populists”. As my late

The 3 Biggest Forgotten Issues in the Gun Debate

It’s been two weeks since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the country is still searching for answers — and solutions. For one side, the problem is with guns: they’re too easy to buy and should be more heavily restricted, if not outright banned in some cases. And for the other side, the problem is with mental health: there are no mechanisms to prevent insane people from getting guns, and more broadly, mental illness in general needs to be addressed. Both sides are right, in some respects more than others. There are gun loopholes that need to be closed

A Tale of Two Discussions

Earlier this week I was transfixed by the drama of the White House “listening session” with President Trump and survivors of school shootings. Here were people on different sides of a sensitive, emotional issue, coming together to discuss real solutions and find common ground. Those types of discussions rarely even happen these days, much less produce solutions, but the event gave me hope that gun absolutists on both sides would each give a little to move forward. Then I heard that CNN was doing a town hall with students and families with local politicians. I was hopeful that this event

Democrats Threaten Americans’ Liberty with Attack on Due Process Rights

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. While the Democratic Party continues to fight for faux rights like the “right to receive a free college education,” “right to have one’s abortion paid for with tax dollars,” and “right to force Christians to take part in a same-sex marriage,” it is simultaneously continuing its relentless assault on authentic constitutional rights. In her Liberty Minute titled “That Pesky Due Process,” Helen Krieble rebukes certain lawmakers who, though well-intentioned in their desire to reduce mass shootings, lack any appreciation for

Americans Are More Polarized Than Ever — And It’s Destroying the Country

In case you haven’t noticed, the United States is currently weathering one of the most polarized eras of the country’s history. After arguably the most divisive presidential election in modern times, Americans are increasingly entrenching themselves inside their echo-chambered bunkers as social controversies proliferate. Whether it be the NFL National Anthem protests, the Emmy Awards or the latest tragedy in Las Vegas, many Americans have become all too eager to point fingers rather than find common ground; they turn to scapegoating rather than seeking to find solutions. This troubling trajectory is unsustainable and will further decimate the foundations of the

This Woman Tried to Secure Her Home — And It Got Her Arrested

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. The Second Amendment clearly grants the right to American citizens to protect themselves, their families, and their property. Furthermore, contrary to radical left-wingers, it gives us the right to more than just muskets and really has not much to do with hunting. Our right to protect ourselves is sacred — similar to the

Pro-Black, Pro-Police Reforms that Conservatives Should Get Behind

I’m pro–Second Amendment. I’m pro–law enforcement. And I’m pro-black. After the deaths of two black men at the hands of police last week, and the subsequent spate of deadly ambushes on police officers in at least four states (including a non-fatal ambush less than a mile from my home), far too many extremists on the left and right have acted as if these are opposing positions. They have seized on the violence to fan the flames of resentment. The far Left tells people like me that in order to be pro-black, we need to support gun control and be wary