At this month’s full-day Online WordPress Accessibility Workshop hosted by Knowbility, Robert Jolly shared his experience and knowledge as he discussed the current status of WordPress accessibility and explained the accessibility features built-in to the popular content management system. In addition, Jolly offered practical advice and tips to content writers, designers, and developers for choosing accessible themes and plugins as well as crafting accessible content and testing sites for accessibility. Though I’ve been involved with WordPress and accessibility for more than a dozen years, I learned several new things that will help me with my work projects. Here are my notes.Online WordPress Accessibility WorkshopWordPress accessibility issues are similar issues we see across all sites. Example: plugins or themes that break keyboard support in menus, incorrectly coded links/buttons.Other common WordPress accessibility issues: low color contrast (both text & non-text, think about text overlaid on images), alternative text issues (missing or not descriptive), link text issues (does text make sense out of context?)The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Perspectives videos are short one- to two-minute videos that show the impact of accessibility and benefits for everyoneDid you know some people use the browser reader mode to read online content? Here’s how to turn on Reader Mode on your browser and read without distractionGutenberg, the new Block Editor in WordPress, is problematic for people who need accessibility support in the authoring interface. Until most of the accessibility issues are fixed, Gutenberg will remain problematic. You can use the Classic Editor plugin (which retains the previous text editor) for authoring accessible content.The Access Monitor plugin runs accessibility tests on your WordPress site, using the Tenon.io web accessibility service. Note: the Access Monitor plugin isn’t compatible with the WordPress Block Editor (Jolly wasn’t able to get it to work during the workshop).I shared this resource in the workshop chat: my friend Claire Brotherton wrote an excellent post on choosing an accessible WordPress themeOne of the biggest accessibility issues with WordPress themes and plugins: no visible focus. Why? Because the WordPress theme/plugin developer removed the focus style.There are over 100 accessibility-ready themes in the WordPress repository. Note: premium plugins may be accessible, but there is no third-party organization that review them for accessibility.Need to change alternative text for an image used on multiple pages or posts? Edit the alternative text for image on the post or page, avoid changing alternative text of image in WordPress Media Library. Do you know about the screen-reader-text CSS class for WordPress? It’s used to visually hide text that is primarily needed for screen readers. users.Craft meaningful, unique text for links. Add more context for your “Read more…” links. Joe Dolson’s WP Accessibility plugin makes that straightforward.Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Edge all have inspector tools that allow you to review code, make non-destructive changes, evaluate accessibility, etc.Even though you may be using an accessibility-ready WordPress theme, if you add plugins to your site, you may be introducing inaccessible codeHeadings in your HTML are used for structure, not for visual effectWondering how to make an accessible WordPress theme? The WordPress Theme Review team has helpful information on creating an accessibility-ready theme, what’s required, recommendations, and resources. Tips for authoring content: Write plain language, front-load important details, use active voice, use familiar language, technical terms can be confusing. If you use technical terms, explain them on first use.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedAccessibility with WordPress: Accessing Higher Ground 2012At his Accessibility with WordPress presentation at Accessing Higher Ground 2012 Joe Dolson discussed the benefits and limitations of WordPress accessibility. He highlighted issues with themes, plugins, administration, discussed the upcoming 3.5 release and his recently released plugin that corrects theme accessibility issues. Here are my notes: Accessibility Issues Themes Majority of…In “WordPress”Takeaways from the WP Bacon “A More Accessible WordPress Panel Discussion”At yesterday’s WPBacon A More Accessible WordPress panel discussion, hosts Robert Neu and Ozzy Rodriguez invited several WordPress accessibility advocates to discuss accessible websites and the current status of accessibility in WordPress. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch the live talk. However, thanks to WPBacon posting their video online, I…In “Accessibility”How to Learn About Accessibility Best Practices in WordPressWhen it comes to accessibility in WordPress, you’ll find thousands of resources—blog posts, videos, podcasts, courses, infographics—to help you learn about WordPress accessibility. I know, I’ve published several posts and given WordPress accessibility presentations myself. But as with all things WordPress, the wordpress.org site is the source you want to…In “Accessibility”
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterOCONTO — Dominick Wichlacz was a perfect 3-0 to win the 106-pound weight class and help the Spencer wrestling team to a third-place finish at the Oconto Team Tournament on Saturday.The tournament was a round-robin individual format.Spencer also had four individual second-place finishes. Daniel Wilke (145) and Hunter Luepke (182) each went 4-1, and Hunter Hildebrandt (160) and Zach Schneider (170) each were 3-1.The Rockets host Osseo-Fairchild/Altoona/Augusta in their Cloverbelt Conference dual meet opener on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2014 Oconto Team TournamentTeam scores: 1. Tomahawk 360; 2. Oconto 328; 3. Spencer 259; 4. Shiocton 254; 5. Crandon 214; 6. Wabeno 161.Individual Results106: 1. Dominick Wichlacz (SP) 3-0; 2. Brenden Dorner (WAB) 2-1; 3. Austin Ratajccyk (OC) 1-2; 4. Tasha Carstensen (TOM) 0-3.113: 1. Sawyer Theobald (SH) 4-0; 2. Aiden Wusterbarth (OC) 3-1; 3. Bryce Shaw (SP) 2-2; 4. Tanner Moris (CR) 1-3; 5. Tanner Dorner (WAB) 0-4.120: 1. Ben Kalata (CR) 4-0; 2. Raymond Herb (SH) 3-1; 3. Caden Schillinger (SP) 2-2; 4. Brandon Moravec (WAB) 1-3; 5. Brady Anderson (TOM) 0-4.126: 1. Tyler Wusterbarth (OC) 4-0; 2. Blake Carsterson (TOM) 3-1; 3. Riley Skarda (OC) 2-2; 4. Melicia Sigala (CR) 1-3; 5. Levi Snorthum (SH) 0-4.132: 1. Elton Kelsey (OC) 2-0; 2. Sam VanStraten (SH) 1-1; 3. Cullen Wagener (TOM) 0-2.138: 1. Zac Higgins (CR) 5-0; 2. Chase Erdmann (TOM) 4-1; 3. Tim Bauer (SP) 3-2; 4. Peyton Boucher (OC) 1-4; 5. Brandon Phalen (WAB) 1-4; 6. Tristan Jarvey (OC) 1-4.145: 1. Bryan Ozak (OC) 5-0; 2. Daniel Wilke (SP) 4-1; 3. Keegan Jack (TOM) 3-2; 4. Trevor Young (SH) 2-3; 5. Riley Wagoner (CR) 1-4; 6. Austin Townsend (WAB) 0-5.152: 1. Austin Riehl (SH) 5-0; 2. Nacie Carlarco (WAB) 3-2; 3. Nate Flohr (TOM) 3-2; 4. Ben Giesler (OC) 2-3; 5. Nathan Neumann (SP) 2-3; 6. Ty Flannery (CR) 0-5.160: 1. Hunter Michalak (OC) 4-0; 2. Hunter Hildebrandt (SP) 3-1; 3. Dakota Tomek (TOM) 1-3; 4. Dylan Houts (WAB) 1-3; 5. John Doane (CR) 1-3.170: 1. Quinton Wallenfang (TOM) 4-0; 2. Zach Schneider (SP) 3-1; 3. Seth Reed (OC) 2-2; 4. John Houts (WAB) 1-3; 4. Trent Moder (SH) 0-5.182: 1. Slade Erdman (TOM) 4-1; 2. Hunter Luepke (SP) 4-1; 3. Mason Gromm (SH) 4-1; 4. Deven Groff (CR) 2-3; 5. KainVan Pay (OC) 1-4; 6. Riley Hoffmann (WAB) 0-5.195: 1. Kaleb Kaminski (TOM) 4-0; 2. Henry Fielding (SH) 3-1; 3. Isaiah Doane (CR) 2-2; 4. Tyler Voda (SP) 1-3; 5. Mason Camps (OC) 0-4.220: 1. Dane Borchardt (TOM) 4-0; 2. Kyle Merschdorf (WAB) 3-1; 3. Ben Gunderson (SH) 2-2; 4. Lucas Ruechel (OC) 1-3; 5. Jason Smith (CR) 0-4.285: 1. Jake Borchardt (TOM) 4-0; 2. Charlie Wilson (CR) 3-1; 3. Dustin Linney (OC) 2-2; 4. Alex Webb (WAB) 1-3; 5. Bobby Pfeiffer (CR) 0-4.
Liverpool star Wijnaldum: Competition key to midfield successby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeorginio Wijnaldum insists Liverpool’s packed midfield is helping them improve as players.Jurgen Klopp has Wijnaldum, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Fabinho to pick from in central midfield. And Wijnaldum believes the competition encourages them players to raise their game.”It’s always good if you have competition in one position because that means you have to perform to stay in the team,” the midfielder, who has very often stayed in Jürgen Klopp’s team this season, tells liverpoolfc.com.”But I think that has to be normal at a club like Liverpool because it’s a top team, one of the biggest teams in England, so Liverpool will always sign good players and that means there will always be competition in the team.”That makes players even better – not only because you have an ‘opponent’ in your position, but also because you play and train against good teammates, so it makes you automatically a better player.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
OSU freshman defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) pays tribute to his brother, former OSU defensive lineman Joey Bosa, by doing the ‘Bosa shrug’ after his first career sack during the Buckeyes’ season opener on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For the first-year defensive linemen who have received the most playing time other than Nick Bosa — redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and freshman Robert Landers — 2016 has been a great season. Coming into the year, Nick, brother of former OSU All-American and current San Diego Charger Joey Bosa, was expected to make an impact — unlike his fellow freshman counterparts on the defensive front.After Bosa suffered a torn ACL during his senior year of high school, and starting defensive tackle and redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle went down with an achilles rupture in the first game of the season, it became apparent OSU needed some big-time minutes from their young players. Although Bosa had a successful rehab period, he still needed time to develop after missing much of the offseason’s drills.According to the Florida native, 2016 has been about growth more than healing, although the time away ensured he was ready to go late in the season.“I’ve grown tremendously this whole year,” Bosa said. “From the first day going full speed in camp to now I think … I’ve actually learned how to play football. Let’s just say that. High school was a lot of brute strength and athleticism. And now, I think I have a pretty good skill set. It’s just been fun to progress all year and learn new things every week. The knee is fine.”Before Bosa started picking up steam as a defender, the interior of the OSU defensive line was a bit of a question mark. That was, until, the trio of Jones, Hamilton and Landers emerged as quality defensive linemen.Jones leads the group with 46 total tackles, while Hamilton and Landers have combined for 25. Of Landers’ 16 tackles, eight are for a loss. Success in his first real playing time with a team in national-championship contention is still a little surreal for Jones.“It set in for my family, not for me yet,” he said. “I’m still in a trance still trying to figure this all out. I’m excited. I’m just ready to go.”OSU is a program that expects contributions from first-year players the moment they step onto campus, like many other top football universities in the nation. Although the expectation might seem lofty, it has helped lots of players develop into NFL-ready talent as soon as they leave Columbus. While it’s a bit like a dream for Jones, Bosa had different things in mind when he committed to the Buckeyes.“I obviously have high expectations of myself,” he said. “I’m not going to come in and not expect to play. The fact that I’ve contributed to a national championship run is surreal.”While the players have been hard at work all week preparing for the task ahead in Clemson, most players agreed the extra practice is a chance to fine tune their skills. Although Jones agreed the bowl practices are helpful, he said they have more of an impact for next season.“Bowl practice, period, is really like a mini camp for us ‘cause it’s a chance for the young guys to showcase their talents and show them we can still play,” Jones said. “This kind of just showcases us for next year’s season.”Recently, Nick Bosa watched his brother throw up an O-H-I-O after getting a sack against Cleveland in the Chargers’ loss last Saturday. Although he has yet to break out any patented moves like Joey’s shrug, Nick said he might give it a try.“We’ll see,” he said. “I’ll probably just be screaming my head off. Too much adrenaline.”Bosa and company will be squaring off against Clemson on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 29 arrests made during ‘Operation Reclaim and Rebuild’ sex trafficking sting KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 30, 2018 Updated: 4:26 PM Partner agencies who participated in Operation Reclaim and Rebuild under the umbrella of the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force include:FBINaval Criminal Investigative ServiceU.S. Attorney’s OfficeU.S. Marshalls ServiceICE Homeland Security Investigations in San DiegoCalifornia Department of JusticeCalifornia Department of CorrectionsCalifornia Highway PatrolSan Diego County District Attorney’s OfficeSan Diego Police DepartmentSan Diego Sheriff’s DepartmentSan Diego Probation DepartmentSan Diego City Attorney’s OfficeNational City Police DepartmentEscondido Police DepartmentChula Vista Police DepartmentOceanside Police DepartmentCarlsbad Police Department SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan joined the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force Tuesday to announce the results of a second annual multi-agency operation across California to stop the sexual exploitation of young women and girls.Operation Reclaim and Rebuild took place over a three-day period last week and focused on the demand side of human trafficking.In San Diego County, 29 sex buyers were arrested and charged with agreeing to engage in an act of prostitution.Related Link: San Diego People: Human Trafficking Awareness Month“This operation is a wakeup call for men who buy sex, about the damage they are doing to our young women and children, and the cycle of abuse they are promoting,” District Attorney Summer Stephan said. “The men who were arrested are from all ages and backgrounds, demonstrating the need to raise awareness that when people pay for sex, the person on the other end of the transaction is often a victim who was forced into sex trafficking as a child.” Operation Reclaim and Rebuild had three goals: disrupting the demand for vulnerable victims by targeting their buyers; identifying, arresting and prosecuting their captors; and identifying and recovering victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking to provide them with services.Although this was the fourth annual Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, this is the second operation that incorporated law enforcement from throughout the state. The operation was a collaborative effort between the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force and the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force.Law enforcement across Southern California joined together to send a clear message: men who buy sex are exploiting victims and contributing to a cycle of abuse. More than 70 percent of sex trafficking happens online, so that’s where law enforcement went to strike during this operation.Fake ads for sex were posted online offering sex for money. When the men — some of them active duty military, others with wedding bands on — showed up at a hotel expecting to buy a person for their own sexual gratification, they were instead surprised by being handcuffed.Their cars were towed and their phones were taken as evidence. One man had a dog waiting in his car, another arrived on a bicycle dressed in cycling gear with a backpack full of sexual props, and another was a sex abuse counselor at a local hospital, who showed up wearing scrubs.“Buyers convince themselves they are involved in a hobby where there are no victims,” DA Stephan said. “The anonymity of the Internet emboldens Johns to ask for and expect the most extreme acts. They are often more violent than the pimps and traffickers themselves. Johns treat sex trafficking victims as less than human and they believe that there will be no one to hold them accountable for their actions.”A university study showed the underground sex industry in San Diego is about an $810 million business each year. A District Attorney community outreach campaign, The Ugly Truth, highlighted the myths about sex trafficking, including the prevalence of men who pay for sex. During the three months the campaign was running, demand for sex decreased, according to the CEASE Network. KUSI Newsroom, January 30, 2018
Recommended Link Get all the details by clicking here Is Trump’s New Executive Order Warning Us to Prepare for a Historic Event?Donald Trump recently signed an executive order adding this white metal to the official “U.S. Critical Minerals Directory.” This labels the metal as “critical for national economy and security.” Why did Trump make this move now? According to the man who predicted Trump’s election and one of his first executive orders… It’s to prepare for a historic event that could spike the price of this white metal 10x as its global supply is pushed to critical lows. — Recommended Link When Smartphones VanishNow, saying that smartphones will disappear in the next few years may seem like an outrageous claim. After all, seven out of every 10 Americans own a smartphone.But ask yourself this: When was the last time you used a telegraph?When the telegraph became widespread in the early 19th century, it was considered a technological marvel. Messages could be transmitted instantly, rather than having to wait weeks for correspondences to arrive by mail.But the telegraph was ultimately made obsolete by the telephone in the early 20th century.And in the 21st century, consumer tastes shifted again.Back in 2008, 15% of American households were cellphone-only, meaning they didn’t have a landline. Today, 50% of homes in America have cut the telephone cord and are cellphone-only.Now, we’re witnessing another shift—away from smartphones, and toward something else entirely…The Power of ARThe technology I’m referring to is AR, or “augmented reality.”You’ve likely already heard of virtual reality.Virtual reality takes you into a completely artificial space… There’s no natural light, only computer graphics. It replaces the world you see normally with a virtual world you can interact with.Augmented—or “mixed”—reality is different. With AR, graphics, images, or data are overlaid on top of the world you normally see.You’re able to view the real world. But it’s augmented, or mixed, with these other visuals. Augmented reality allows users to still see the world around them.You’re probably familiar with AR, thanks to the popular smartphone game, Pokémon Go.The game lets you view the world through your smartphone camera, but it overlays images of these Pokémon—animated “pocket monsters” who “live” in the augmented reality world alongside humans—on top of it.So, you might look at a park and just see a park. But if you look at the same park through Pokémon Go, you might see a little animated character standing in the real-world park. How a Pokémon Go character appears in your real-world view on your screenThe aim of the game is to catch and catalog the hundreds of Pokémon characters within the game’s world and battle against other Pokémon characters.The game was an overnight success. Twenty-four hours after it launched, the number of users was 50 times higher than the developers originally expected.Pokémon Go is an early example of AR. But we’re quickly moving toward the next evolution of this technology. And it’s this next step that will make your iPhone obsolete. Sci-Fi TechWhat will really kick off interest in AR technology—and what will ultimately replace your smartphone—is the next generation of AR hardware. I’m talking about true AR glasses.When you put on a pair of AR glasses, it displays information, messages, alerts, or updates right in your field of vision.You’ve undoubtedly seen this in movies. The hero pops on a pair of goggles, looks at an object, and a string of data pops up in view.But this technology is quickly becoming a reality. And it could soon be part of our day-to-day lives. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said that AR would soon be as commonplace as eating three meals a day.Imagine you’re sitting in a café. You put on a pair of AR glasses. Without looking at your phone, you can read all your emails, check the most recent stock prices, or even scroll through the pages of The Wall Street Journal.All the information will appear as though it were floating just a few feet in front of your face.Once that sort of technology becomes widespread, what use would you have for a smartphone?AR will make it possible to do everything you can do on a phone—text, call, check emails, browse the web, etc.—using voice commands, hand gestures, and even eye movements with an intuitive pair of AR glasses.No more hunching over, squinting at a tiny screen, and hammering at tiny icons.That’s what makes me say that AR technology will replace the iPhone.And this technology isn’t hypothetical, we’ve already seen early examples…First-Generation DeviceBack in 2013, Google sold prototypes for something called Google Glass. It was an early AR prototype that displayed information on the lenses of the glasses. Users could communicate with Google Glass via voice commands. Google Glass, Explorer EditionIn 2015, Google discontinued Google Glass Explorer. But it released a newer version called Google Glass Enterprise in 2017.And it’s not just Google… We’ve seen other early devices as well.In August, Magic Leap, one of the most richly valued private companies in the world, released its first AR headset, the Magic Leap One. The Magic Leap OneNow, neither the Google Glass Enterprise nor the Magic Leap One has achieved mass adoption. But these are first-generation devices. And most first-generation devices don’t achieve mass adoption.Some of you might remember one of the first personal digital assistants—or PDAs—the Apple Newton. Apple released it in 1993.It was a fantastic product at the time. But it was large, bulky, required a stylus, and had just a black-and-white display with no wireless connection to the internet.It simply wasn’t compelling enough to achieve mass adoption.But Apple took that lesson… combined it with a cell phone… and ultimately launched a product that revolutionized personal communications—the iPhone.The “next iPhone” will be AR glasses. They’ll look like normal glasses. And they’ll be easy to operate, with a suite of applications similar to the ones you find in Apple’s App Store.We won’t have to wait decades. This sort of technology will be here in a matter of quarters.Rumors are that Apple is planning to release a pair of AR glasses in 2020. In August, Apple confirmed that it had bought Akonia Holographics, a start-up that specializes in AR lenses. So an AR headset from Apple in the next few years seems likely.I predict we’ll begin to see AR headsets that look like normal glasses before the end of 2019.The Next Consumer Electronics CrazeSo far, we’ve been talking about AR replacing your smartphone. But this technology could be used in almost any industry.Fighter jets have been using an early form of AR since the 1960s. It’s called a heads-up display, or HUD. It projects information in front of the pilot’s view without them having to look at any instruments.And one of my favorite private companies, Atheer, is already using AR to help engineers repair complex machines.Using AR, an engineer is able to view a virtual machine part—perhaps a jet engine—suspended in front of him on his headset. He can take it apart and inspect the individual components to better understand how best to repair it.Or imagine a group of schoolchildren with AR headsets “flying” through the solar system to get a firsthand look at the planets.All told, the market for augmented and virtual reality was about $14 billion in 2017. But by 2022, the global market is expected to hit $209 billion. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 71%.And if you’re looking to gain exposure to this trend, here’s where I recommend you start…“Bargain Counter”If you’re an investor hoping to gain exposure to the AR trend, take a close look at Snap (SNAP).You may know Snap as the company that provides Snapchat, the multimedia messaging app.You might be surprised to hear me mention Snap. After all, most Wall Street analysts have Snap listed as either a “hold” or a “sell” right now.That’s largely because they’re worried about Snap’s Snapchat app falling behind Facebook’s Instagram app, which now has very Snapchat-like features.As a result, shares of Snap have been beaten down. But rather than being worried, I view this as an excellent buying opportunity.That’s because, in the background, Snap has been developing 3D-sensing and AR applications. You get a sense of this from the number of “lenses” already available on Snapchat that overlay graphics on top of images and videos of people.Snap is an industry leader in 3D-sensing and AR applications. This isn’t apparent to most investors yet because we’re still in the initial stages of the development of AR “infrastructure.”In other words, the market hasn’t caught on to Snap’s potential yet… But it will. And when that happens, shares will soar.Regards,Jeff Brown Editor, Exponential Tech InvestorP.S. One last thing before you go. On Wednesday, November 7, I’ll be hosting an urgent tech investing webinar. You see, starting November 14, I believe a new piece of technology will hit the mainstream. It will unlock at least $12 trillion in wealth and send a handful of technology companies soaring.But if you’re an investor, you have to position yourself before that happens. I’ll give you the details on how you can do that during this online event. Reserve your spot right here.Reader MailbagToday, high praise for our in-house blockchain expert Marco Wutzer…Marco! Thank you for your work in Disruptive Profits. You have a thorough and thoughtful way of describing projects. Here’s hoping things roll out as you predict. 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Below, he reveals a little-known tech that he says will eventually replace smartphones… By Jeff Brown, editor, Exponential Tech InvestorYou may not know it, but the smartphone in your pocket will soon become obsolete…I’m not saying that the model will be obsolete, or that you’ll have to get the latest iPhone or switch to a different brand.Instead, all smartphones will disappear.It will start slowly at first……and then happen all at once.Today, I’m going to show you the technology that will take its place. And I’ll reveal one of my favorite ways to profit from this trend.
After nearly every mass shooting, a few words are repeated over and over: Thoughts. Prayers. AR-15.An AR-15-style rifle isn’t just the weapon of choice for the perpetrators of mass shootings in San Bernardino, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs and Parkland, it’s the weapon of choice for the nation. The NRA Blog even quipped in 2016 that the AR stands for “America’s Rifle” (they do note that it officially stands for ArmaLite Rifle):Today, the AR-15 has soared in popularity amongst gun owners, due to a wide-range of factors. It is customizable, adaptable, reliable and accurate that can be used in sport shooting, hunting and self-defense situations. Civilians can also modify and personalize their AR-15 from carbine-length, stocks, optics, barrels, etc. The AR-15s ability to be modified to your own personal taste is one of the things that makes it so unique.The “So, SO, SOOOO many accessories” the post touts for the AR-15 can also make it hold more rounds and shoot more accurately. And since it can be customized to almost no end (there’s even a Hello Kitty model out there), the AR-15 can be a reflection of the owner’s personality. And when a gun is in the hands of potentially millions of Americans, many of whom will never shoot anyone, what does it say about the nation’s personality?GUESTSPaul Barrett, Deputy director, Stern Center for Business and Human Rights at New York University; author of “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun”; @AuthorPMBarrettRick Noble, Owner, Adventure Tactical Training, which offers active-shooter training; former Illionois police officer and SWAT team memberAdam Skaggs, Chief counsel, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence; @jadamskaggsFor more, visit https://the1a.org.© 2018 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2018 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.