Mary Sanchez

Loose gun laws arm bad guys as well as good guys

Lots of people in Kansas City are known by police for their affiliations with drugs and other crimes. But they don’t have a felony conviction that would ban them from gun ownership. By making it easier for anyone to openly carry a weapon, politicians are encouraging these sorts too.

Mary Sanchez

Children at the border: An old story repeats itself

What’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border is not a new phenomenon. Not by a long shot. Records of Ellis Island are filled with the stories of young children who arrived on our shores without parents. Those children were just as desperate as the Central American children today.

Mary Sanchez

Diocese case is for the children

The former teacher liked what she heard from Jackson County Judge Bryan Round on Wednesday. He seemed to understand. To grasp why she and about a dozen others attended the hearing to determine if a breach-of-contract ruling ordering the diocese to pay a $1.1 million will stand. It’s for the children.

Mary Sanchez

Let’s treat gun safety as a public health issue

It took time, but we American drivers grudgingly accepted wearing seat belts as mandatory, and now we value everything from high-tech air bag protection to gizmos that warn us of unseen dangers as we back up our cars. It’s past time for a similar attitude shift about gun safety.

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