The United States has seen a recent rash of shootings and gun killings at schools and colleges, as well as in homes and workplaces. The Navy Yard, thought to be a secure military campus located in walking distance from my house, was the scene of a mass shooting just a few months ago. Of course, part of our increased sensitivity to these events is due to instant communication and the 24-hour new cycle. Many seem to be vendettas for perceived slights. Others may be perpetrated by individuals with mental aberrations. Whatever the circumstances, it is high time for greater control of access to firearms, including registration and background checks for buyers, something that apparently a majority of Americans support. The right to bear arms shouldn’t trump every other right, including the right to life. A fanatical minority of gun-rights advocates is holding the rest of us hostage and threatening our very lives by fighting to prevent any curbs on gun ownership and use. Responsible gun owners don’t object to some curbs—in fact, apparently even a majority of NRA members don’t object to registration and background checks. The actions of a few are giving most gun owners a bad name.
I'm very glad for a ceasefire in South Sudan, though I don't think the rift that led to fighting has been solved.
“...wish we'd boycott this on the basis of their nonfunctional government, nonexistent civil society.”
The Honorable Thomas E. Perez, Secretary of Labor, will lead the delegation.
The Honorable Lisa Kubiske, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Honduras
The Honorable Roberta S. Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
The Honorable Ricardo Zuniga, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, NSC staff
An article about the challenges and failures of the drug war in the eastern Mosquitia region of Honduras appears in the January 6 issue of the New Yorker, “A Mission Gone Wrong.” The region is a wild jungle area with few roads, making surveillance difficult. The article’s author mentions young men paralyzed from deep-water diving without gear. I’ve met some of them, young lobster and pearl divers who surfaced too fast being fitted for donated wheelchairs. I’ve also heard them speak the Miskito language, which I can’t understand.