The gun control lobby could be a lot more powerful in the new Congress

by Rashmee

Posted on November 13, 2018 / The National


When country music’s biggest annual awards ceremony gets under way in Nashville, Tennessee, tomorrow, there will be one element of what Willie Nelson once described as the genre’s signature formula. “Three chords and the truth,” he once declared, were the heart of any country song. The simplicity of the three-chord song will almost certainly be … Continue reading “The gun control lobby could be a lot more powerful in the new Congress”

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A diverse group of Americans literally just voted for their lives

by Rashmee

Posted on November 10, 2018


  A handy statistic: At least 17 newly elected US Congressmen and women back stricter gun laws. Fun fact: They defeated incumbents backed by the National Rifle Association. Okay, so the 17 were Democrats but this is not about party so much as sensible safety measures and even in red (Republican) states, voters appear to … Continue reading “A diverse group of Americans literally just voted for their lives”

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For a very brief moment, I saw a purpose in Donald Trump’s presidency

by Rashmee

Posted on March 2, 2018


For a moment, a very short one, I saw a purpose in Donald Trump’s presidency. As the president accused Democrats and Republican lawmakers alike of being so “petrified” of the National Rifle Association (NRA) they had done nothing on gun control, it seemed it was for this moment that Donald Trump was elected on November 8, 2016. … Continue reading “For a very brief moment, I saw a purpose in Donald Trump’s presidency”

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How does it help to bring even more guns into American schools?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 23, 2018


President Donald Trump’s calls for arming highly trained teachers in order to fortify schools against shooting massacres is the very proposal advanced by the gun lobby. After the deadliest school shooting in US history – the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut rampage – the National Rifle Association advocated for teachers to be armed. That stands to reason. … Continue reading “How does it help to bring even more guns into American schools?”

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Trump is wrong on guns for teachers & on climate change. Only one is a domestic issue

by Rashmee

Posted on February 22, 2018


Gun control is a domestic issue for America but climate change is not. On guns, only the American public can force the Trump administration and the Republican Party to start down the road to change. But on climate change, the world must force the US government to realise that it cannot behave like a disruptive … Continue reading “Trump is wrong on guns for teachers & on climate change. Only one is a domestic issue”

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The Swiss rather like guns too but they haven’t had a mass shooting in 17 years

by Rashmee

Posted on February 21, 2018


Imagine a country in the western hemisphere where a referendum that calls for a national gun registry is defeated. Imagine a country where the proposal to store guns owned by soldiers in public arsenals is rejected. Imagine a country where children as young as 12 are routinely taught how to shoot. Not America but Switzerland. … Continue reading “The Swiss rather like guns too but they haven’t had a mass shooting in 17 years”

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The Florida shooting was just one more on a list already too long and bloody

by Rashmee

Posted on February 20, 2018 / The National


What could possibly be new or different about the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Florida, the latest mass killing by firearms in America? Hasn’t everything that had to be said about gun violence in the United States already been articulated in factual reportage, fiction and film? There has been a bestselling novel, … Continue reading “The Florida shooting was just one more on a list already too long and bloody”

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A Martian visiting Earth would have thought ‘mental health’ killed those Florida students

by Rashmee

Posted on February 17, 2018


Had you not known it was a school shooting, President Trump’s televised address to the nation would have left you no wiser. In  his speech on Thursday (February 15), Mr Trump pledged to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health.” He did not mention gun control. A Martian visiting Earth on Thursday, a day after … Continue reading “A Martian visiting Earth would have thought ‘mental health’ killed those Florida students”

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In Pakistan, teens are at risk from Taliban. In US, from the guns their leaders protect

by Rashmee

Posted on February 16, 2018


  Listening to the shocked tearful accounts of teenage survivors of the latest school shooting in the United States, I couldn’t help but recall another frightened adolescent’s retelling of his brush with death. That was in Pakistan, thousands of miles away from America. The 15-year-old Pakistani boy was being urged to become a suicide bomber. … Continue reading “In Pakistan, teens are at risk from Taliban. In US, from the guns their leaders protect”

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Is the US gun epidemic becoming one of the world’s ‘forgotten conflicts’?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 25, 2018


Is the US gun epidemic becoming one of the world’s ‘forgotten conflicts’? Is it becoming like bomb blasts in Iraq or Afghanistan and like Boko Haram’s atrocities in Nigeria? Is gun violence in American becoming an inevitable tragedy? It looks to be heading that way. Consider coverage of the most recent gun violence in one … Continue reading “Is the US gun epidemic becoming one of the world’s ‘forgotten conflicts’?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK