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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan 7, 2013/ 25 Teves, 5773

Elitists overlook facts about shootings

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Host David Gregory waved an empty 30-round magazine for an AR-15 rifle in the face of Wayne LaPierre, executive director of the National Rifle Association, on NBC's "Meet the Press" program Dec. 23, and asked him why it shouldn't be banned.

In the District of Columbia, from whence "Meet the Press" is broadcast, such "high capacity" magazines are banned. Possession of one is punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison.

Mr. Gregory knew he was violating the law. D.C. police told him not to brandish the magazine, but he went ahead with the stunt anyway. Police may file charges.

That would be a "total waste of time," because Mr. Gregory wasn't planning to commit any crimes, said CNN's Howard Kurtz.

Prosecuting Mr. Gregory would do nothing whatever to reduce gun violence, conservatives agree. But 99.99 percent of legal gun owners in the U.S. aren't planning to commit crimes, either. Mr. Gregory is an advocate of the law he broke. If others who intend no harm must obey it, why should he be exempt?

Mr. Gregory pulled his stunt because in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, Adam Lanza, 20, murdered 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 of them children.

The massacre prompted many journalists to abandon all pretense of objectivity. There should be a "media agenda" to force the government to pass more gun control laws, said former CNN Washington Bureau Chief Frank Sesno.

When told the gun homicide rate is nearly 50 percent lower than in 1980, CNN anchor Don Lemon said: "It doesn't matter if gun violence is down. We need to get guns and bullets and automatic weapons off the streets."

If all we want is hasty action, facts can be a nuisance. But if we want solutions, facts matter.

You are more likely to be struck by lightning than to be the victim of a mass shooting (four or more fatalities). But there are more of them than ever. There were 18 in the 1980s, 54 in the 1990s, 87 in the 2000s.

There are many more gun control laws now than there were 30 years ago, so the surge can't be attributed to their absence.

What has surged is the glorification of violence in movies, video games and rap music. Sane people distinguish between fantasy and reality.

But most mass shooters have been mentally ill. In the past, people like Adam Lanza were committed to state mental hospitals. It's much harder to do that now.

News media coverage of mass shootings also has surged. That's unfortunate, because the primary motive of the shooters seems to be the notoriety they expect to get from their evil deed.

With just one exception, "every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns," noted gun researcher John Lott. Mass murderers seek out soft targets where they know they won't be interfered with.

At least five times in the last 22 years -- most recently at the Clackamas Mall in Oregon on Dec. 11 -- armed citizens have cut murder sprees short.

Journalists rarely report this.

When Mr. LaPierre said at a news conference "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun," he was derided.

But his proposal -- to put armed guards in every school -- would do far more to prevent future Newtowns than would a ban on high capacity magazines.

The other favorite nostrum of elite journalists -- reinstatement of the ban on "assault weapons" -- would do no good at all.

It would not have applied to the .223 Bushmaster rifle Lanza used for his murder spree, even though the Bushmaster is based on the M-16.

It's long been illegal for civilians to own automatic weapons, so all that distinguishes an "assault rifle" are cosmetics. An "assault rifle" has a bayonet stud and a pistol grip. Banning these may reduce drive-by bayonetings, not mass shootings.

But to the ignorant reacting emotionally to a horror, banning "assault rifles" sounds reasonable.

The "animating passion" of elite journalists who abandon objectivity and ignore facts to push for gun control is "moral posturing," said Washington Post columnist Peter Wehner.

"They want to take advantage of massacres like the one we saw in Newtown to push an agenda that makes them feel morally superior," he said.

"It doesn't really matter to them which laws are most (and least) effective. They have decided that more gun control laws are needed and the NRA is malevolent, and they are determined not to allow any contrary evidence or thoughts to upset their settled ways."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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