When Your State Changes the Way You Parent

My biggest fear when we moved to Texas was not living hundreds of miles away from our familial support system, nor was it having to catch lizards under Tupperware in my kitchen and kill snakes with a weedwacker in my backyard. My biggest fear was the guns. I knew, of course, that I was unlikely to encounter Texans showing off their weaponry in the grocery store, but I also knew that the probability of my children - eight-year-old Will and five-year-old Hallie - being exposed to guns was considerably higher in Texas than anywhere else we'd ever lived....more

Gun Control is an Illusion

I'm a huge proponent of the 2nd amendment.  Just period.  I think a human being who hasn't broken the law has every right to defend themselves, including with a gun, if necessary.  Again, period. ...more

Can We Blame Guns and Video Games?

After the most recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I, like most other parents out there have done a lot of soul searching.  Since my actions directly affect the development of the litttle people under my care, I wanted to get to the very heart of the matter, to understand if guns and video games are to blame, if this senseless tragedy can be understood or if it is just that: a tragedy.*****...more

Keep Guns Out of School

Who hasn't been thinking about guns lately?  Unless you've been living in a hole, the debate about stricter gun laws has been at the top of every American's mind every day for a week.  First, with the initial shock and disbelief, of children and teacher's being gunned down by someone barely out of his own childhood;  and then every day since… courtesy of the media's overproduced stories of the fallout, the children, the burials and all of the families affected....more

No Water Pistols in Florida?

You may have heard a bit about the wacky Florida "Stand Your Ground Law," that lets you shoot if you feel threatened, even if you're paranoid. This law gives you a "Get Out of Jail Free Card" before you even have an arrest or trial, much less jail time. There's another one that tops it....more

Dear Seal Beach: Lessons From Littleton

[Editor’s Note: On October 12, a man walked into the Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, California and killed eight people. It is Orange County's worst mass killing.] Image: Rose Palmisano/The Orange County Register via ZUMA Press. Dear Seal Beach,...more
Could not have been written better - so glad it was written & shared.more

Guns, Pink Handcuffs, and Alcohol

When I went to the police academy, my first firearm was a .40 caliber Glock 35. It has an extended barrel and it’s a competition shooter’s weapon of choice.In the beginning we had a love hate relationship. It was the first firearm I had ever shot and building a good partnership took time. The men in my department all give their rifles and shotguns female names. I was the first to name my sidearm and he was christened after Dirty Harry....more
You have me laughing out loud. Stressful jobs call for desperate measures! Buying larger glasses ...more

Do Your Kids Play With Guns?

Why are we always one season or holiday ahead of ourselves? I can barely find a summery dress when all the stores are displaying sweaters, jackets and boots. I'm far from ready to look at the Back to School displays, although my daughter will be devastated if I don't buy the Hello Kitty backpack she is insisting for Preschool. Then in yesterday's mail arrived the coveted first of the Halloween catalogs. I always envisioned myself making my kids' costumes by hand, as my mom did for me. It is a sad reality that not one kid in the my son's class last October wore a handmade costume....more