Who Am I?
- I served in the US Navy from 2002-08; four of those years were as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier. I engage in political activism in various Democratic circles when I am able to. I have a cat, and I am an uncle.
All opinions that I express are my own and do not reflect the views of any organization that I represent.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
This op-ed appears in the opinion pages of the New York Times dated 18 April 2013.
Gabrielle Giffords was a former Democratic representative from Arizona from 2007 to 2012. On 8 January 2011 during a meet and greet at a Tucson, AZ supermarket a gunman opened fired killing 6 and wounding 14 including the Congresswoman who took a gunshot to the head.
Among the dead was Chief Judge of the US District Court of Arizona John Roll; Gabriel Zimmerman who was the community outreach director for the Congresswoman; and Christina Taylor Green, a 9 year old girl who was brought to meet her Representative in the US House.
For his crime, the gunman was sentenced to seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years in prison without parole in November 2012.
The assassination attempt left the Congresswoman gravely wounded and having to relearn basic motor skills.
Along with her husband, former astronaut and retired Navy Captain Mark Kelly, she is the founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions which focuses on sensible gun control legislation while upholding the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
On Wednesday the United States Senate voted 54-46 to expand background checks to gun shows and Internet sales. The vote needed 60 to invoke cloture.
This was her response to the Senate's inaction.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this world." - Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)