Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Originally posted on July 21st on an older version of this blog

Hi,

As I am sure we have all heard in one way or another within the last year, there has been a case in Florida which has garnered national attention: The State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. I wanted to write the last weekend about what I could, but researching the case took much longer than expected. That turned out to be good as a lot of interesting things have surfaced since the end of the trial.
I will do my best to remain impartial but as a Black man and a White man who knows the implication of this verdict, bias may slip into my logic. If you find it so, please bring it to my attention.
This will no doubt be the hardest post I have written so far as a man of logic and thought, and as a man who lives in a country where I am statistically more likely to be killed with no punishment for my destroyer just because I look a certain way and the assumptions that come with that. But that is why I must write it. And so, here we go.
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Silver Linings- Seeing Small Light in the Tragedy of Newtown

Silver Linings- Seeing Small Light in the Tragedy of Newtown

Originally posted on February 17th on an older version of this blog

Today, while browsing the internet and coming across some good ol’ Sunday morning politics, I came across a story that ended with a statement from some who represents the NRA that not only peaked my interest but seemed so immoral that it couldn’t get passed up.

“The National Rifle Association distanced itself Tuesday from a comment made by a lobbyist for one of its “chartered organizations” in Wisconsin, who said recently that gun rights proponents need only to wait out the “Connecticut Effect” before passing laws loosening restrictions on guns.” (full story here)

“The brush-off came three days after Welch was recorded telling an audience at a Wisconsin state NRA meeting that the group has ‘a strong [lobbying] agenda coming up for next year, but of course a lot of that’s going to be delayed as the ‘Connecticut effect’ has to go through the process.'” (full story here) And here is an audio of his comment.

Wisconsin lobbyist Bob Welch, shown here in this 2004 photo handing out literature during his Republican primary run for the U.S. Senate.

Now, before I talk more on what I think, I went and looked up information on Bob Welch. I couldn’t find much, but here is what I found. According to his lobbying firm:

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