• This Incident Shows How Heeding Warning Signs of a School Shooter Works Better Than Gun Control

    This Incident Shows How Heeding Warning Signs of a School Shooter Works Better Than Gun Control

    All of the glaring red flags surrounding the Parkland shooter were ignored.

    Authorities failed to connect the dots through years of bad behavior, incidents on and off campus, as well as reports from concerned citizens that the shooter was displaying worrisome behavior.

    According to a CNN report, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter even used to introduce himself to people by saying, “Hi, I’m Nick. I’m a school shooter.”

    He should never have been able to pass a background check when he acquired his weapon if he had any kind of criminal record that seemed to be highly warranted. READ MORE...

  • The Second Amendment and American Gun Culture

    The Second Amendment and American Gun Culture

    The history of guns, gun control, and the Second Amendment is the topic of this week’s episode of “The Right Side of History,” a podcast dedicated to exploring current events through a historical lens and busting left-wing myths about figures and events of America’s past.

    This week, hosts Jarrett Stepman, a contributor to The Daily Signal, and Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal’s White House correspondent, talk about how some states enacted early forms of gun control to disenfranchise black Americans. READ MORE...

  • Gun Rights Actually Are a Civil Rights Issue

    Gun Rights Actually Are a Civil Rights Issue

    It is becoming increasingly fashionable for those who support gun control to compare the post-Parkland, student-driven movement to the civil rights movements of earlier generations.

    “Young people said, ‘We will not tolerate what our ancestors have tolerated. We’ve had enough and we’re willing to fight for it and we’re willing to march in the streets for it and, if necessary, die for it,’” TV personality Oprah said in comparing the student marches to civil rights demonstrations.

    One writer in The New Yorker wrote of the pro-gun control March for Our Lives protest: “The Parkland students seem to instinctively understand that their fight not only crosses racial and class lines but also exists on a historical continuum, as an extension of the civil-rights movement.” READ MORE...

  • I Went to the March for Our Lives Protest. Here Are My 7 Takeaways.

    I Went to the March for Our Lives Protest. Here Are My 7 Takeaways.

    Tens of thousands of protesters—and maybe more—gathered in Washington, D.C., and around the country Saturday to protest in favor of gun control.

    The demonstrations, called the March for Our Lives, featured children calling for an end to gun violence and ultimately stricter gun control laws.

    The Daily Signal hit the streets to observe the event and see what it was all about.

    The following are my observations from walking through the crowd and assessing its common themes.

    1) A Left-Wing Movement

    It may seem painfully obvious, but it is worth noting the march in Washington was clearly a left-wing protest. READ MORE...

  • 5 Ways Obama’s Discipline Policy Made Schools Less Effective and Safe

    5 Ways Obama’s Discipline Policy Made Schools Less Effective and Safe

    As is typical with so many other policies, federal meddling in what should be a local matter leads to poor results.

    This is the conclusion reached Monday by a Heritage Foundation panel about a school discipline initiative, launched by the Obama administration, that suddenly became the subject of national debate after the Feb. 14 massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

    A “Dear Colleague” letter from the Department of Education in 2014—designed to crack down on racial disparities in school discipline and reduce the “school to prison pipeline”—created negative unintended consequences, according to Manhattan Institute scholar Max Eden, who was on the panel. READ MORE...

  • Obama-Era Policies Helped Keep Parkland Shooter Under the Radar. Here’s What Went Wrong.

    Obama-Era Policies Helped Keep Parkland Shooter Under the Radar. Here’s What Went Wrong.

    One of the most heartbreaking and perhaps infuriating aspects of the Florida school shooting that took 17 lives is just how many red flags there were surrounding the shooter.

    The national debate following the shooting has mostly revolved around guns. Much ink has also (rightly) been spilled about the failed leadership of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in its moment of crisis.

    What’s been lost in this discussion are the issues of school safety and discipline. Those issues are highly relevant to what took place in Parkland. READ MORE...

  • Progressive Activists Look to Courts to Undermine the Electoral College

    Progressive Activists Look to Courts to Undermine the Electoral College

    Having failed to generate enough support to abolish the Electoral College through a constitutional amendment, the institution’s detractors are now looking to the courts to upend it.

    A new lawsuit, spearheaded by Harvard University law professor Lawrence Lessig and filed in four states, charges that the “winner-take-all” element of how states divvy up their Electoral College votes is unconstitutional.

    The District of Columbia and 48 states use this winner-take-all system.

    The only exceptions are Maine and Nebraska, which use a proportional allocation of votes. READ MORE...

  • YouTube Quietly Relies on Far-Left Organization to Help Police Content

    YouTube Quietly Relies on Far-Left Organization to Help Police Content

    Silicon Valley has enormous power over the flow of information that reaches people around the globe.

    That’s why it’s vital for Americans to understand how tech giants can manipulate information, either intentionally or unwittingly, to advance a political agenda.

    A report by The Daily Caller said that Youtube, which is owned by Google, is using the Southern Poverty Law Center, a left-wing activist nonprofit that bills itself as an objective civil rights organization, to assist in policing content on their video-sharing website. READ MORE...

  • Fired Googler Warns Social Media Users About Censored Speech

    Fired Googler Warns Social Media Users About Censored Speech

    Bias and mass censorship from extraordinarily powerful tech companies create an enormous problem that Americans have to come to terms with, says a former Google employee who was fired for his politically incorrect views.

    While tech companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are incentivized to create a “safe and civil” environment for their customers, problems emerge when “they get to define what offensive is,” James Damore said during a breakout session at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. READ MORE...

  • 6 Common Media Myths About Gun Control

    6 Common Media Myths About Gun Control

    The latest mass shooting, this time at a Florida high school, was one of the deadliest school shootings since the Columbine massacre in 1999.

    So far, there have been 17 confirmed deaths in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the alleged shooter is in custody.

    Americans are understandably searching for answers to stem this terrible epidemic.

    Unfortunately, as always, many jump immediately to the conclusion that guns and protection of gun rights are what’s fueling the recurrence of these crimes. Some suggested that any opposition to gun control legislation is outright immoral. READ MORE...