Studies suggest that some gun-control policies are, at best, cartoonish.

Before I proceed, I want to express my deepest condolences to the victims of recent tragedies and their families. My intent is not to belittle such loss but rather to satirize the goofy policies that overinflate their ability to solve this complex and troubling issue.

Leah Libresco isn’t goofy. In fact, she did something quite remarkable: She weighed the evidence and changed her mind.

Libresco, along with her fellow journalists at FiveThirtyEight, analyzed gun deaths in the United States (roughly, 33,000), evaluated peer-reviewed research, and published an interactive, narrative-based visualization. …


There is no immunity to scientific illiteracy or bad policies.

I recently received my “Fauci Ouchie” (i.e., COVID-19 vaccination).

Aside from a sore arm and feeling lethargic, I’m fine. (As a parent, I’ve learned to function in a permanent state of exhaustion.) Conspiracy theorists can also rest easy knowing that, if Bill Gates embedded a microchip inside me, it apparently functions as well as Microsoft Edge.

I wasn’t expecting to get vaccinated this early because I’m low risk. I stay healthy by limiting myself to only one medium pizza a day. I exercise regularly, and I wear one of those salad bar sneeze guards around my face when I go…


What if the arguments used to refute gun control were applied to immigration restrictions?

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, never one to shy away from controversy, drafted legislation that would, if passed (not bloody likely), codify a four-year moratorium on all immigration and ramp up deportations. There’s no mention of commandeering Rothchild-financed space lasers to shoot anybody crossing the border, but — knowing Greene’s pragmatism — all options likely remain on the table.

In response, Alex Nowrasteh, director of immigration studies at the Cato Institute, tweeted, “Replace the word ‘immigration’ with ‘guns’ and she’d see immediately why her proposal is…


To mask or not to mask? That is the obnoxious question.

The one-year anniversary of our failed two-week campaign to flatten the curve has come and gone, and I thought that I would write about the lessons I learned from this pandemic. For example, I vote that we abolish one-way shopping aisles and replace them with to-go margaritas — forever.

However, when I sat down to write, one issue dominated my word count: masks. And if there is anything that this world sorely lacks, it’s another opinion about masks.

The root of our mask debate stemmed from the pisspoor communications of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Initially…


Tales from the frontline of cancel culture by an easily spooked white dude.

Martin Niemöller, a German Lutheran pastor who personally witnessed the rise of the Third Reich, wrote a guilt-ridden poem titled “First they came…:” in which he described his inaction when the Nazis singled out and purged various groups. In the end, when they came to do the same to Niemöller, he poetically repented: “Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”

In the U.S., we are reenacting Niemöller’s poem — all thanks to this thing called “cancel culture.”

If you’re like me — an easily spooked white dude who probably spends too…


Where have all the doves and deficit hawks gone?

I am an animal lover. Our household has adopted enough animals to alleviate the guilt of watching those incessant ASPCA commercials.

In the interest of further emotional manipulation for the betterment of animals, I would like to advocate on behalf of two species of birds that are on the brink of extinction: doves and deficit hawks. And it is going to take more than a sad Sarah McLachlan song to help these birds.

The ideal habitat for a dove is a peaceful one. But after 3,400 years of recorded human history — 268 of which didn’t involve a bloody war…


Our obsession with the White House is misguided and the presidency is vastly overrated.

Do you remember your first time? When you’re young, there is so much nervous energy and youthful curiosity in anticipation leading up to the day it finally occurs. My first time, like most of you, was disappointing. It involved somebody on the older side — 66, to be exact. It happened in a rec center gym. And it didn’t last very long — five minutes, tops. When it was over, I was surprised at how underwhelming and unfulfilled I felt by what just happened.

Yes, casting my first vote for president just wasn’t as amazing as I originally thought it…


Conservatives and progressives seem to agree on one thing: the First Amendment is confusing.

In these divisive times, I found one topic that conservatives and liberals agree upon: The First Amendment is confusing. This 45-word introduction to the Bill of Rights articulates arguably the most fundamental right: freedom of speech. But, for some reason, this foundational principle confounds both conservatives and progressives.

For conservatives, free speech has become particularly bewildering in the age of social media. In the years leading up to Twitter forcing Donald Trump to find a new hobby, conservatives railed against “cancel culture,” suggesting that “deplatforming” is…


In a column, Michael Makenzo recently challenged the conservatism of Lauren Boebert.

“She doesn’t even understand she’s at best a Libertarian,” wrote Makenzo.

Once upon a time, I agreed with Makenzo — until I hosted her at a Libertarian meeting.

Rewind to January 2020. Boebert’s campaign manager contacted me to inquire about the possibility of the Libertarian Party of Delta County (LPDCO) hosting the then-candidate at its monthly meeting. (At the time, I was LPDCO’s chair.)

Without hesitation, I said, “Sure!” Boebert wasn’t a registered Libertarian, but I knew that she had carved out a name for herself by championing…


We as a nation don’t agree on much at the moment, but maybe we can get together on one fact: The winner-takes-all system that we use to elect the President is unadulterated bullshit.

Because of this practice, our national elections constantly escalate into zero-sum warfare. Look at how we describe the closely watched states: There are “battlegrounds.” And in these battlegrounds, a simple plurality of votes is awarded, not just some, but all of the spoils of war. Everybody else is reduced to nothing — casualties of electoral dysfunction.

But all it takes is a slight change in a percentage…

Jay Stooksberry

Wisenheimer. Rabblerouser. Regular dude. Literal & figurative hole digger. Grocery sherpa. Doting dad. Bylines: @reason, @cato, @FeeOnline, and others.

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