The Trace’s Gun Quiz: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

The Trace’s “about” page describes the website as an “independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism startup dedicated to shining a light on America’s gun violence crisis . . .We rely on generous readers to ensure we have the resources required to fulfill our mission.” It’s a bald-faced lie . . . The Trace is owned, operated and […]

Ohio Re-enacts Scene from 12 Monkeys. Locals Underwhelmed.

[HTML1] “Underwhelmed” is an understatement. More like “scared,” “angry,” “panicked,” and “pissed off.” In fly-over country, it’s not often you see exotic wild animals coming over your fence and heading for your house. Well, unless you’re Noah. Or something. But that is indeed what happened in Zanesville, Ohio, when a private zoo owner decided to […]

Suicide is NOT Painless

Back in the seventies, a hit movie (and later TV show) M*A*S*H had a beautiful theme song, called “Suicide is Painless.” That’s a lie. Suicide is not painless. Never has been. Never will be. In fact, I’d wager that suicides are the tragedy that keeps on giving, as waves radiate out like ripples in a […]

TWHN BS: Suicide Prevention At Gun Ranges Edition

Two suicides on New Albany, OH gun ranges in the last two years have The Other Paper wondering: should gun ranges take responsibility for screening users’ mental health? According to writer Steph Greegor, “nationally, suicides at gun ranges have been popular since the early 1990s.” Never mind stats; anecdotes are all. “In Bellevue, Wash., Wade’s […]