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Jeff Sessions Blamed Culture, Not Guns, For Columbine Massacre

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― During the Obama presidency, conservative politicians came up with a standard response to any mass shooting. Within hours of a tragedy,...

I'm Not Ashamed -- Rachel Scott Film Review

Liz Carlston | Posted 11.03.2016 | Religion
Liz Carlston

Seventeen years ago, I was 17 and in my junior year at Columbine High School. Rachel Scott was a classmate. Acquaintances, we smiled hello, when passing each other at school. Rachel was the first person killed at Columbine on April 20, 1999.

Love Makes A Comeback

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 07.22.2016 | Religion
Joan E. Dowlin

As a gay person growing up in America, I know the shame and fear of coming out. I was raised in the 1950s and I never could have imagined we would ever achieve gay marriage or be able to openly serve in the military or adopt children.

Orlando: Rethinking Morality

Cate Montana | Posted 06.21.2016 | Crime
Cate Montana

In other words, it means doing everything we possibly can to break down the current obsession with the individual ego "self" and its petty stories and needs and create a more global perspective. As author Rai sums up: "Only when violence in any relationship is seen as a violation of every relationship will it diminish."

The Right to Bear Harm

Samuel C. Spitale | Posted 06.21.2016 | Crime
Samuel C. Spitale

In 1999 sociologist Barry Glassner published his national bestseller, The Culture of Fear, about the hidden forces that manipulate us in the name of p...

How We Can Save Lives During a Mass Shooting

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 06.17.2016 | Crime
Amy Dardashtian

As we see the casualties mount with each new shooting, the one question gun advocates and gun opponents should both be asking, is: is there a way to save even one life, without threatening each person's ability to defend their own?

How Gun Violence Prevention (Finally) Became A Winning Political Platform

Ken Toltz | Posted 05.17.2017 | Politics
Ken Toltz

Last month Axelrod authoritatively declared a new piece of political conventional wisdom; Gun Violence Prevention is a winning political platform.

Did the Assault Weapons Ban Work?

John A. Tures | Posted 04.21.2017 | Politics
John A. Tures

It's worth asking whether the assault weapons ban, which was in effect during the Columbine High School massacre, actually worked. Analysis of 108 shootings showed that the ban was successful, and such mass shootings have dramatically increased since the ban expired.

Disarming the Trigger of School Shootings for Bereaved Siblings

New Harbinger | Posted 04.19.2017 | Healthy Living
New Harbinger

Providing an environment where teens can express themselves and ask questions without fear of judgment or reproach can help them develop the confidence to come forward and discuss their feelings, especially if they are asked to.

Dedicate 4/20 As a Memorial to Victims of Rampage Killings

Jim Diamond | Posted 04.11.2017 | Crime
Jim Diamond

Kevin Maloney via Getty Images April 20th for some is a day marked with a display of affection for marijuana; they call it "National Weed Day." There...

"Tell Me About Dylan": A Conversation With Sue Klebold About Her Son's Teenage Years

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2017 | Impact
Mark Goulston, M.D.

In this conversation with Sue Klebold, I asked her to: Tell me about Dylan As you think of the past say what comes to your mind when you think, "If o...

'Tell Me About Dylan': A Free Flowing Conversation With Sue Klebold (Part 1 in a Series)

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 03.06.2017 | Impact
Mark Goulston, M.D.

When I set out to interview Sue, my goal was to help her feel completely safe and talk freely without the anticipatory anxiety of when I would ask the inevitable, "How could you not see the warning signs?" or other questions that would put her on the spot.

Hug Your Muslim Neighbors

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 02.13.2017 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

I don't usually write about politics, or world issues. If you've read my posts here, they are generally about parenting, personal change, life. However, the past months have been shocking on virtually every level.

Columbine Shooter's Mother Writes a Book - Survivor's Reaction

Liz Carlston | Posted 02.11.2017 | Impact
Liz Carlston

Sue Klebold, mother of a Columbine shooter, is publishing her memoir, "A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy." She is donating all ...

Forget Terrorists; Guns are Terrorizing America

Barclay Bram | Posted 12.22.2016 | Politics
Barclay Bram

Patrick Sherrill was unaware, as he killed 14 of his co-workers, that he was entering the lexicon. On August 20th, 1980, he walked into the Edmond, Ok...

Why Are Children Less Valuable Than Guns in America? It's Time to Protect Children Not Guns

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.18.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Three years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut where a lone 20-year-old gunman wielding an assault weapon snuffed out 26 child and teacher lives, our nation has done shamefully little to protect children instead of guns.

'Worried About our Children' -- Three Years Later; Reverberations From Newtown

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 12.11.2016 | Parents
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

Several parents in Newtown have expressed concern about the long-term effects on young people not necessarily directly impacted by violence, but on the periphery. How has their close proximity to a horrendous event impacted their perception of the world?

A Day in America

Beth Leyba | Posted 12.08.2016 | Parents
Beth Leyba

I don't know what the answers are, but I do know that I am sad and I am angry, and that living in this gun crazed culture where a stray or intended bullet might find me or my children at any time sure doesn't feel like living.

February: A Short Film Reflecting the Long-Term Aftermath of School Gun Violence

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 11.18.2016 | Impact
K.J. Wetherholt

Gun violence in the schools has received a great deal of attention, especially in the years -- inclusive of similar incidents -- since the most famous of the initial wave of school shootings at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado on April 20, 1999.

Millennials, the Generation That Grew Up Practicing for a Mass Shooting

Amalia Frick | Posted 10.16.2016 | Education
Amalia Frick

We're all here because we've been lucky, but we're taking it for granted. This kind of thing cannot happen again. Children should not feel the need to practice having a conversation with someone who wants to kill them. Teachers should not be asked to die for their students.

Schools Can Help to End the Tragedy of Gun Violence

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.11.2016 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Here's one thing we know about school shooters; they don't seem to like school. Even the young men who shoot up movie theaters, Army bases, and workplaces don't seem to like school. So perhaps schools are where we really can do something.

We Are All Columbine Now

Stephen Hren | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics
Stephen Hren

The killers march across our news feed like swirls of colorful balloons -- it's the Macy's Day parade, except these are the gunmen who storm into our schools, our movie theatres, our restaurants, and blow away our loved ones in cold blood. Then it's time for the football game.

People Die Because of This Man: The Real Reason We Never Get Gun Control, No Matter How Many People Get Gunned Down

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.07.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Until we tame the power of the NRA, we can expect more killings, a part of the deadly daily diet of murders throughout America committed by angry gun-toting people whose "freedom" to own weapons of mass destruction that Wayne LaPierre defends.

We Are Being Crucified Upon a Cross of Guns

Suraj Patel | Posted 10.07.2016 | Politics
Suraj Patel

I remember going to school in the days and weeks immediately following Columbine. I was in high school in Beech Grove, Indiana. The shooting came as a shock, a wake up call for the nation and we thought, a way for my generation to begin to make it right.

Autism Without Fear: Asperger's, Shootings, Healing, Guns

Michael John Carley | Posted 10.06.2016 | Parents
Michael John Carley

Almost three years have gone by since the horrific Newtown, CT shootings, and here we are again: Ten dead, and 20 injured in Oregon. Yes, there have been school shootings in between (approximately one per week), but the similarities between Chris Harper Mercer, Elliot Rodger in 2014, and Adam Lanza, revolve around suspected autism spectrum conditions.