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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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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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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Spot the difference: Haitians believe God kills, not germs. For Americans, it’s God not guns

by Rashmee

Posted on October 4, 2017


  Before I went to Haiti, my Kreyol instructor gave our class a valuable lesson in Haitian stoicism, immutability, and yes, ill-logic. “Mikwòb pa touye Ayisyen, that’s what many Haitians believe,” he said. “Be prepared.” What he meant was that a certain section of Haitian society was unwilling to believe that the cholera virus could kill and that … Continue reading “Spot the difference: Haitians believe God kills, not germs. For Americans, it’s God not guns”

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Can’t ban guns? Tax ammo through the roof

by Rashmee

Posted on December 20, 2012


If you can’t ban guns, at least raise taxes on ammunition. By 100 per cent or even 500 per cent. The US would be a safer place and the gun lobby would have less reason to be up in arms. Excuse the pun. But the whole idea of taxing ammunition has an excellent pedigree. Back … Continue reading “Can’t ban guns? Tax ammo through the roof”

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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