Linton Weeks en The First Gun In America Guns and America were born around the same time and grew up together. Like feuding cousins, their histories have been linked ever since.<p>Often helpful in American history — and often harmful — the portable gun has been inarguably influential in the national direction. The American Revolution would not have been won without guns. Precious lives at numerous school shootings would not have been lost without guns. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 15:16:03 +0000 Linton Weeks 42569 at The First Gun In America When Someone You Know Loses A Child Amid the aftershocks of the senseless shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., our ever-more-complex society goes on to publicly discuss what happened and how to avoid such tragedy in the future.<p>But there are also private considerations and quieter questions of how to respond — on a personal level — to suffering parents.<p>What can you say to parents who have lost a child? What can you do?<p>No one is an expert when it comes to this most horrific, most out-of-the-natural-order-of-things disaster. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 19:56:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 37961 at When Someone You Know Loses A Child Do We Really Need A Second Inauguration? For the sake of argument, let's agree that when we use the word "inauguration" in this particular post, we are talking about the multiday, ball-bestrewn, soiree-soaked, tuxedo-dappled extravaganza that costs tens of millions of dollars and often leaves many Americans out in the cold — figuratively and literally.<p>We are<em> not</em> referring to the inaugural parade and solemn swearing-in ceremony <a href="" target="_blank">planned</a> for Jan. 21, 2013. The 57th inauguration of the U.S. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 13:03:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 36601 at Do We Really Need A Second Inauguration? 5 Foul-Ups In The Romney Campaign File this under the Strange Case of the 2012 Presidential Campaign. It was a long, tortuous trip that ended up at a very familiar destination: the re-election of President Obama.<p>But along the way, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney did garner more electoral votes than a lot of losers, including John McCain in 2008, Bob Dole in 1996 or Jimmy Carter in 1980.<p>Romney must have done some things right. And he must have done some things wrong.<p>On Election Day, Romney was asked by a <a href="" target="_blank">reporter</a> if he had regrets. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 16:51:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 36215 at 5 Foul-Ups In The Romney Campaign 5 Truisms About the 2012 Election ... That Weren't True The balloons have fallen, the bunting's down, and President Obama has been re-elected.<p>That means Mitt Romney has been defeated — and with him, many election aspects that we presumed to be true. (You know what they say about presume — it makes a pres out of u and me.)<p>Maybe it's because we're sailing into a new and uncharted century. Maybe it's because of climate change or polar shift or Mayan calendrical mayhem. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 19:11:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 36168 at 5 Truisms About the 2012 Election ... That Weren't True