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The Supreme Court has Saved Many Lives This Week


Gun control & blogger learning

In working on EDM Digest for the past few months, I've learned a few interesting things. They include:

  • Politics can be interpreted as being boring.
  • Folks are interested in understanding the intricacies of emergency management.
  • Folks have trouble with the idea that events that occur far away have impact on them in real time.
  • Global warming is being accepted as a reality by broader swaths of the population.


  • If I want to elicit impassioned responses, all I have to do is use the words "gun control" in a sentence. Any sentence.

So that's what I've done, and what I'm going to do in this post. Here are the gun control perspectives that have elicited the most response in the history of EDM Digest:

Anger: Possibly the new Leading indicator

A leading indicator is a circumstance that predicts a situation that is likely to occur. We have long been stymied in our effort to deter armed terrorist attacks by lack of quality information. But that quality information may have been available all along, if only we had the perspective needed to see it -- and the political support needed to utilize it.

The analyses represented here discuss a different and unique perspective with respect to preventing impassioned violence. One indicates that the primary indicator of potential violence is past violence. The second is that keeping guns away from people infused with rage would be effective in keeping people alive -- which should be a driving force in our society.

The Supreme Court finally acts to keep people alive

This should not be news, but it is news. The news this week is that the Supreme Court has ruled that domestic abusers have no second amendment rights to own guns. This builds upon a rational way to interpret the second amendment that both protects citizen's rights and protects the lives of our fellow citizens.

So to the Supreme Court: Well done!

Randall Cuthbert Dr. Randall Cuthbert is a retired APUS Professor of Emergency & Disaster Management. He has also worked as a Red Cross Shelter Supervisor, and spent a 20-year career as a US Air Force Civil Engineer Officer. His blogging interests include: protecting & enhancing the EDM profession in the areas of integrity, honorable public service, and social justice; education regarding the 'big picture' role of EDM in our society; educating our professionals and neighbors with regard to the greatest threat to our civilization--climate change; and in general terms, creating a better world for our children and grandchildren.