Mind Control And The Fiscal Cliff

ctnewsjunkieTwo recent columns of mine for CT News Junkie.

The first is the inevitable piece on gun control post-Newtown. Should we focus on gun control or mind control? Both, in my estimation, but we should not fool ourselves by thinking any kind of weapons ban will solve our gun violence problem without addressing the issue of mental health.

I’m a big believer in the Second Amendment:

On the other hand, the courts have consistently ruled — and I think rightly so — that reasonable gun control measures are fair game. So I have no problem with banning military-style attack weapons, armor-piercing bullets, and oversized ammunition clips. But I wouldn’t want it to lull us into a false sense of security.

The second has to do with the so-called fiscal cliff, Gov. Malloy’s erroneous prediction that we would fall off of it and a look at executive power (governors and the like) vs. being a member of Congress. Which is the more difficult job? That’s a no-brainer.

If, as some suspect, Malloy declines to run for re-election in 2014, do you think any members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation will step up to the plate and run for the governor’s office? That’s a no-brainer. Would you want to work three times as hard for less money?

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