In 1791, when the Second Amendment was passed, the typical firearm was a ball and powder, single-shot pistol, rifle or shotgunMass shootings that now regularly stain the national fabric with the blood of innocents could not have occurred back then. Reloading time two centuries ago would have been a serious challenge when compared to the spray of bullets a single shooter can unleash today.
The Kodachrome shows it all. Young Paul Andersen sitting on the lap of a Lakota Sioux decorated in full feather headdress. In the background is the edifice of Mount Rushmore. The picture was taken by my father in the early 1960s. The Sioux offered himself for tips as a photo op against the backdrop of American presidents carved into his once sacred mountains. His doleful smile haunts me still. There were no tears, anguish or regrets. Only irony.
Jets rumbled and roared overhead. One passed about every minute. I was aware of the air traffic because of the contrast with the deep silence that pervaded the desert canyon where I sat perched on a jut of rimrock. Sitting quietly, alone, is an unusual pastime today when culture commands that we must be doing something with someone. Check your phone. Post on Facebook. Schedule a meeting. Answer an email. Prepare to die.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".