Government regulation of banjos works to curb Bluegrass violence

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Rick Robinson
Author, Writ of Mandamus
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      Rick Robinson

      Rick Robinson has spent thirty years in politics and law, including a stint on Capitol Hill as Legislative Director/Chief Counsel to then-Congressman Jim Bunning (R-KY). He has been active in all levels of politics, from advising candidates on the national level to walking door-to-door in city council races. He ran for the United States Congress in 1998.

      Rick’s first book, The Maximum Contribution, was named a “Finalist” in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Books Awards in the genre of political fiction. It also won an Honorable Mention at the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival. Sniper Bid, was released on Election Day 2009 and opened on Amazon’s Top Seller list at #46 of political fiction. Sniper Bid earned 5 national awards: Finalist USA Book News Best Books of 2009; Finalist Best Indie Novel Next Generation Indie Books Awards; Runner-up at the 2009 Nashville Book Festival; Honorable Mentions at the 2008 New England Book Festival and the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival. Throughout 2009 both books appeared on Amazon’s Top Seller List on the same day.

      Rick’s third offering, Manifest Destiny, was released in the spring of 2010. It was named Best Fiction at the Paris Book Festival, a Finalist for Best Fiction in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Best Fiction at the New York Book Festival, a Finalist as Best Thriller in the Indie Excellence Awards, and won Honorable mention in the Beach Book Festival, the Hollywood Book Festival and the San Francisco Book Festival.

      A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Rick currently practices law in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky with the law firm of Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP. Rick, and his wife Linda, live in Ft. Mitchell with their three children, Josh, Zach and MacKenzie.

What wasn’t handled by legislation or executive fiat was dealt with by trial lawyers, who began suing banjo manufacturers for the harm inflicted by people who recklessly picked them. The result of those cases: warning labels that banjos are not intended to be used to bludgeon listeners.

In the recent presidential election, both candidates took polarizing positions that only seemed to widen the divide on the issue of private banjo ownership. President Obama belittled those small-minded opponents who still cling to their banjos. The following day, Romney appeared on stage in Nashville, Tennessee, while local pickers played “Dueling Banjos.”

Of course, there are still occasional unfortunate banjo incidents that garner national attention. Few can forget the fun that the late-night talk show hosts had when Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally hit a wealthy contributor over the head with a banjo at an open-mic night in Texas.

The television documentary concluded that swift government action in response to the Ohio banjo incident has probably saved over a million lives.

And who could argue with the numbers? Since the move to enact restrictive legislation, private banjo ownership is way down and Bluegrass-related violence has been on a steady decline. But the number of incidents involving unregulated Mariachi instruments illegally transported across the Mexican border continues to rise.

Rick Robinson is the author of political thrillers which can be purchased on Amazon and at book stores everywhere. His latest novel, Manifest Destiny has won seven writing awards, including Best Fiction at the Paris Book Festival.