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.
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.
We are an easily frightened people and it is easy to manipulate us with fear. What are we so afraid of that we need to have 300 million guns in our homes? Who do we think is going to hurt us? Maybe we would take better care of each other.
As time goes on and we stray further and further from the language of the Second Amendment, this farce will be proven wrong time and time again.
James Holmes turned himself into a one-man army with the click of a mouse. That's the latest on the Aurora shooter, with authorities reporting that Ho...
This isn't about whether gun ownership reduces or increases crime, or whether recreational drug use is benign or harmful. I aim to keep it simpler and more to the point: Are drug and gun laws proven to be effective at preventing access?
Right out of the box following the Colorado movie massacre, Mayor Bloomberg was criticizing President Obama and Mitt Romney for their failure to advocate banning assault weapons. What a contrast to Bloomberg's silence in New York City.
While the concern and unease are understandable, I ask why this moment compels national conversations about life and death, about guns, about safety, about mental health and about tragedy, when countless other horrific moments don't elicit similar sadness and outage.
Turn off the TV. Put down the newspaper. There is only one appropriate response to this horrific gun tragedy and all of its predecessors. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, and, most importantly, tell your elected-Representatives in Washington, "Enough."
The victims who lost their lives in Aurora were all young and seemed full of promise. But here is another promise. It is the promise that unless we do something, all of this will happen again. And no Tweets, tears, or teddy bears will change that fact.
Everywhere we turn in Aurora, there are stories of heartache and despair. There is still much confusion, and many residents are in a state of shock. Let's all be the kinds of support we would want.
I am a fierce 2nd Amendment supporter, but there is no earthly reason for anyone to own a semi-automatic military weapon except to murder someone else. It's not a sport. Money controls our democracy and public safety in our neighborhoods is one victim.
Humans can live in the wilderness quite safely so long as they don't provoke the wildlife. Sadly, in what we call civilization, we live in greater fear each day of an unprovoked human attack.
There should be a big push across the U.S. to introduce curriculum in schools to help educate people about violence, the same way we have effective campaigns to educate people about safe sex and the dangers of smoking cigarettes.
Parents may worry about how to have a conversation with their child about this tragic event. I recommend that you frame it in such a way that you're n...