Friday, August 7, 2009

Gun Control and the Perfect Storm

This piece was published in the Orlando Sentinel

By John S. Wilson

Special to the Sentinel

August 8, 2009

2nd Amendment -

African-Americans make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population; yet in 2005, they accounted for a staggering 53.4 percent of the 12,352 gun-related homicides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is one of the dire public-health consequences of patchwork gun regulation in the United States. But far more muddled than the actual regulation itself is the Second Amendment debate that undergirds it.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Healthcare's Past

This piece was recently published in Club Relaford.

Revisionist History: What we can learn from the 1921 health debate today.

By John S. Wilson

What We Can Learn From the 1921 Health Care Debate -

"He's conducting a dangerous experiment with our health care. He's conducting a reckless experiment with our economy. And he's conducting an unnecessary experiment with our tax dollars—experiments that will transform the very way of life of our country and its citizens."
- Michael Steele at the National Press Club, July 20, 2009

"There are many loyal American men and women who believe that this bill, inspired by foreign experiments in Communism, and backed by the radical forces in this country, strikes at the heart of our American civilization..."

Mary Kilbreth, then well-known anti-suffragist, hammered out the words above in a letter to President Harding in a feeble attempt to derail the Sheppard-Towner Act (STA). At that point STA was the mother of all health-care reforms.