It's time that we had a real conversation on gun violence in America that goes deeper than the following dumb bumper-sticker arguments that blog comments sections seem to always devolve into.
Why is it when we give in to our most intense impulses and extreme fantasies, we're always told it's toward something vile?
Something is very wrong when our federal and state governments have a high tolerance for the unrestricted distribution of weapons of mass destruction, and it would be wrong to let this deadly form of neglect continue to facilitate bloodshed across America.
As a driver, I have no problem registering my car in each new state I move to, keeping my insurance up to date, having regular required inspections and submitting to a driver's test to get my driver's license.
Batman didn't kill those people in Aurora. Comic books don't kill. Neither do movies based on them.
After such national tragedies, society should engage in a discussion about how to address and potentially prevent such tragedies from happening again. We might not all agree, but this is a Democracy, and this is how public policy is made.
As a student studying the Constitution who attended a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises myself last Friday, I wanted to look into the role of registered guns in massacres.
It can be very difficult to deal with the feelings that come up around tragedies. In this vlog, I will guide you to access your inner power in powerless situations.
The two tragedies seemed completely disconnected. Different crimes. Different places. Different victims. But they actually have one thing in common. Denial. By us.
Faithful Democrats are criticizing Obama because he has not used the latest massacre to push for gun control. Even after more than three years of proving the success of running the long game (see DADT, gay marriage, Iraq), Democrats insist on being both impatient and impractical.
I know our 12-year-old is going to ask for assurance that something like that can never happen to her and would never happen where we live. And I know there will be nightmares and much more anxiety to come for her when neither I nor her dad can make her that promise.
As individuals, we can comfort those who survive and mourn those who are lost. As a nation, however, we can put into practice what I first suggested in the wake of the atrocity in Tucson: Do not speak his name.
By treating the shooter as simply an evil man -- and evil, of course, is irreducible, irrational, operates not on reason but perversions of morality -- we also reduce the actual shooting to a force of nature, beyond our capacity to understand.
You'll be happy to know lunacy hasn't been the norm on the conservative airwaves since the shooting. The response, especially among local conservative talk show hosts, has been more muted, respectful of the victims.
Does violence in media lead to violence in the real world? If we think the world is a 'mean' and violent and unsafe place, the kind of world we see again and again in both the news and so much entertainment media, we live our lives accordingly.
When tragedies like this hit the news cycle, it is often the horror that is most glaring. Sometimes it takes longer for the quieter triumphs of the human spirit to be seen.