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Humping the Gun
You might as well buy a bumper sticker saying, "Wayne LaPierre is my president." After all, the NRA executive VP seems to be more effective than the U.S. president. The NRA's been campaigning to discredit almost everybody with a video series that derisively calls opponents "elites," and warns them that the gun-rights group is "coming for you." Democrats, the media, politicians, the U.N.—the NRA hates them all. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported, Utah has joined 21 other states to get the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Maryland's gun restrictions. You can't buy or own certain semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity magazines there, and the gun coalition thinks that's wrong. You know how we won the Revolutionary War with those rapid-fire guns. That's the Second Amendment for you.

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Fighting Violence
You gotta love Greg Hughes, the House speaker with the potential to be the most powerful Utah politician, according to a January Deseret News piece. On Sept. 16, the boxing hobbyist is getting in the ring for a good cause—though it's a bit of a puzzler. For the event organized by boxing promoters FKF Productions, Hughes will go head-to-head with Kelly McCleve, a "two-time Toughman champ," to benefit girls and young women impacted by violence. Apparently, proceeds of the $1,000-per-table event will go to the National Crittenton Foundation whose mission is to empower women and help them achieve health and economic security. But wait—violence to combat violence? It must be a thing. Salt Lake City Police Chief Michael Brown, the Deseret News' Amy Donaldson and a host of others are also participating, according to the flyer floating around social media. For victims of violence, it might feel like a punch in the gut.

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Correction
Well thank you, Deseret News, for being so honest and open about your mistake. Or whatever it was. I say that because it wasn't exactly crystal clear what you were correcting. You started by saying how closely and aggressively you've been reporting on the Huntsman Cancer Institute debacle—the one where Mary Beckerle got fired and rehired and all. Then you went on and on about how context is everything. It was a long damned column. But for readers, it was also curious. You took the original story off your website, but I have a hard copy—the Aug. 18 issue with the front-page headline "U. investigating conflict with Beckerle." So I guess they're not really investigating that. Or something. Maybe The Salt Lake Tribune knows for sure. They have that Huntsman connection.

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