Our Constitution's key assurance, the inalienable right of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" and the right to carry a firearm cannot successfully co-exist. How would Thomas Jefferson have known about an AK47 with a 100-round magazine?
In the aftermath of last Friday morning's massacre at an Aurora Colorado cinema, everybody wants to know how we might prevent the occurrence of future mass killings in public places.
These shootings would not have happened if the shooter did not have such easy access to firearms and ammunition. Religious people need to meditate on the connection between the more traditional "life issues" and the overdue need for stricter gun control.
The Second Amendment was designed to ensure our safety, but the way it is interpreted by the gun lobbies endangers our safety instead. As a patriotic American, does that sound right to you?
After every mass shooting, Americans almost always respond in the same way: by strengthening security in public areas. However, it is questionable if security is the only area that should be focused on.
I encourage our politicians to set aside the controversy and political expediency. I urge them to take strong-willed and bold steps toward a constructive and sensible direction.
This is the time for politics, before we do what we always do after such massacres -- shed some tears, express our grief, say a few prayers, and then quickly go on to do what the gun lobby wants us to do: change the subject.
During my lunch break, I saw a familiar image pop up all over my news feed, a theater just five minutes from my house, and then the pieces started to come together. And I have to say, Facebook is a really dissatisfying way to learn about something so devastating.
Every year there are 30,000 gun deaths and 300,000 gun-related assaults in the U.S. Firearm violence may cost our country as much as $100 billion a year. Toys are regulated with greater care and safety concerns.
What do we tell our children? How do we protect them from the unimaginable when the unimaginable does happen?
If we respond too soon we do not honor those victims who have died, and those who continue to suffer. Instead, our reactions serve the idols of our own agendas and ideas.
Twelve people were killed last night, apparently, by a rifle and a handgun and the faulty wiring inside the head of a man named James Holmes. And our response -- America's response -- is going to be nothing.
The recent shooting in Aurora, Colorado is yet another example of the current epidemic of gun violence in our country. Again, does anybody with community or political stature care about this national epidemic of gun violence?
As someone who grew up in a place where guns designed to kill people are more or less banned and where no one feels that some essential freedom has been lost -- on the contrary, freedom from fear is cherished -- I often wonder what it will take for Americans to absolutely reject organizations that are obsessed with the Second Amendment, all their ideas, and anyone who supports their morbid love of an element of the constitution that is anachronistic, poorly written, unclear, and insanely stupid given modern weaponry. After which, we could actually start to do something to save the approximately 30,000 lives lost to gunshot wounds every year, many of them children.
On our kayak expedition, we had trouble identifying the source. In theory, it should be easy. To kayak source to sea, you find the river's start and follow it until it ends. On the upper Colorado, however, matters quickly become more complicated.
What began as a bit of a prank -- playing mariachi style when The Bronx was asked to do an unplugged set a few years ago -- has turned into a journey of learning the music, producing two albums and going on tour as both bands.