It's a bad week when I asked myself what was stopping something like this from happening at the elementary school my children attend in Austin, and I couldn't come up with an answer.
If we wish to truly decrease senseless, unjust violence, we can begin by learning more about the suffering that people endure everyday through individual acts of violence and structural violence, and by investigating how our life choices may increase or decrease that suffering.
Between 1982 and 2012 over the course of three decades there were 62 mass murders in the United States using firearms. They have taken place in thirty states. The killers had in their possession 142 guns. At least three-fourths of these weapons had been obtained legally.
In Connecticut this morning, 20 young children left their homes for school. In Connecticut this afternoon, 20 sets of parents found out that none of t...
More than a dozen children went to elementary school this morning and were dead before lunch. White House spokesman Jay Carney says today is not the day to talk about gun control. I disagree. That's all we should talk about today. We are heartbroken, yes. But saying that will fix nothing. It won't bring anyone back, and it won't keep this from happening again. And of course we know the parents of Newtown could have been any one of us. That's important to remember, but it isn't enough, because the knowing doesn't change the fact that we could still be next. So we can't just do as we did after Columbine, after Virginia Tech, after Aurora. We can't just grieve and hold our children close. We have to demand that our country earn the right to call itself a civilized nation.
The constant "thoughts and prayers" for the victims are surely comforting, but they are far short of a serious solution. If our leaders truly want to lead, it's time they put the lives of their voters before the fears of their advisors.
While I disagree with the current Supreme Court's view of the Second Amendment, why is it only this particular right that Americans are so insistent on exercising and cowardly legislators are so eager to protect?
Why do we want to keep politics out of the District Attorney's Office? If politics creeps into cases, the prosecution of the cases will inevitably be harmed. District Attorneys must follow the evidence and follow the law vigorously yet fairly.
Although rarely included in the public discourse regarding health reform, stories like James Holmes' reflect the ways in which our faltering health care system is even more problematic when it comes to mental health.
Last night, no question about guns was asked during the debate and a huge opportunity was missed to move forward this vitally important national conversation. But we, and the families, know that the conversation has only just begun.
Stricter gun laws simply aren't the answer, which is why increased gun regulations nationally and at the state level aren't likely to be seen in light of recent tragedies.
The right to bear arms should be preserved, but in the context of stricter gun laws that enable law enforcement to control and track weapons, and to provide adequate disincentive for the abuse of firearms.
As the American people continue to be sickened by the now-regular public ritual of mass shootings there is simply no excuse for the leaders of either major political party to pretend there is some insurmountable partisan or ideological divide that prevents us from coming together to find solutions.
In America, we value our safety and security, but I know I don't feel safe with these weapons being bought so easily and I'm sure I am not the only one who feels this way.
Sure, when tragedies of all kinds occur we all privately wonder about the race of both the assailant and the victims. My question though, is: why feed that beast? We need to remind ourselves that race does not matter, nor should it.
The fact is that the NYPD's frank admission makes the case for gun control even stronger. What happened in New York City is an example of the mayhem that ensues when guns are used in any situation.