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.
The real freedom we need is the freedom to be able to walk around without the fear of our fellow citizens shooting us by design or accident.
People, stop judging.
As a proud graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, I am appalled by the state law that allows students to keep and carry weapons in some campus housing.
It is not that God is gone from the public arena; the problem is the God that is in the public arena. In short, the problem is how we talk about and construct God.
Why do people hate? When does hurt turn to rage and then to violence? How can we stop intolerance and encourage love? And, finally, how can we stop the perpetrators before they act out?
Purely psychological answers are not enough to promote long-term recovery in communities after hate crimes. The media needs to talk about the role of education, advocacy and activism as ways that communities can heal after traumatic events that involve hate.
In the case of guns, the vocal minority is holding the rest of us hostage. They've scared us into submission. We need to open up the floor and hear from everyone, not just the powerful lobbying groups whose job it is to keep the guns firing. We need you.
If we are going to take aim at anything, then let it be at America's unhealthy obsession with guns and at the empty arguments against gun control, not at common sense.
Over the years I had come to notice a distinct sign indicating I was in times of extreme happiness -- fluorescent colors in flashing Spiro graphic for...
We continue to defend the absurdity of assault rifles and thousands of bullets on hand because we've given up a sense of faith. It's become a sort of idolatry of power.
There are words and not enough words about the outbursts of violence in Wisconsin and Colorado. In the artistic realm, many of us strive to carve out, or even go as squatters into, a place where the search for meaning uses other resources than words.
Polling shows more support for stricter gun laws than press coverage would suggest. A few new polls show continued broad support for a variety of stronger gun laws, and for the presidential candidates to devote more time to this issue.
On Saturday, August 11, Jason and his friends will stand in black T-shirts in front of five theaters in the Denver area, hanging out a little goodness to a whole lot of people.
Let's temper the faux bravery related to eating popcorn. The horror of Aurora--while committed by an individual -- was surely also precipitated by problems with deep societal roots.