180915_186832854680873_6506256_nMichael Foxcroft is a Software Engineer by trade. He spent much of his working life as a designer, analyst, programmer, and local database administrator. His early career was spent in IBM mainframe system development using languages like COBOL and NATURAL, and databases like ADABAS and DB2. He subsequently moved away from mainframes to  client/server development using JAVA and MS/Access, later expanding into CSS, HTML, JavaScript, MySQL and PHP. Today, he uses the Wordpress Content Management System to create custom websites like this one. He is a veteran IT Professional and technical writer who has worked with companies like Morgan Stanley and Standard Bank South Africa.

Michael has now turned his attention to the written word and bring the same dedication to excellence to this endeavor. His new non-fiction work, Depraved Indifference: Sacrificing People on the Second Amendment Altar, is the first part of an intensively researched journey through the death, injury and fear surrounding the American gun culture.

Why Does He Write?

Despite the years spent as a software engineer, Michael always felt the compulsion to write. From his mid-teens, he wrote mostly novels, but without having completed one, for his youthful brain seldom dwelt on one thing for long.The need to express himself with the written word has been with him ever since. He has grand plans, and a belief that words can make a real difference to the world.

Why Write About Gun Restrictions?

Emerging from the South African gun culture, Michael was drafted into the South African Defense Force and carried an assault weapon for two and a half-years. For the following fourteen years, he owned a 9mm automatic, but he was never entirely comfortable with guns nor with the idea of needlessly taking life.

The gun massacre that unfolded at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, left him shaken at the inability of Congress to prevent gun violence. This prompted him to research and write about America’s tragic relationship to firearms. He wanted to know what the evidence showed about gun ownership and its effects on death, injury and crime. The result of that research is his new book Depraved Indifference: Sacrificing People on the Second Amendment Altar.

Public Speaking

Michael is a public speaker and member of Toastmasters International. He is available as a speaker covering all aspects of the gun debate including the impact on women, children and the mentally ill.