Gun Safety, Re-imagined

In the 1990’s, thanks to a successful public information campaign, helmet use among bicyclists increased exponentially. Ironically, head injuries among bicyclists also increased exponentially during the same period, confounding helmet-advocates and even the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Risk-analysts, however, saw what was going on. Bicyclists riding with helmets were feeling an inflated sense of safety, … Continue reading

Eligible to Die

Last night, the state of Texas executed 57 year-old Robert Ladd, who was convicted of beating a woman to death with a hammer in 1996. Ladd’s IQ was 67, which is below the threshold for mental impairment generally recognized by courts, as well as the American Psychological Association. 48 hours prior to Ladd’s death, the … Continue reading