Several years ago after the Newtown massacre, when Adam Lanza took his rage out on a classroom defenseless students and teachers, I wrote a piece castigating a number of Democratic Senators who dug their heads into the sand and refused to close basic background check loopholes.
Last month Axelrod authoritatively declared a new piece of political conventional wisdom; Gun Violence Prevention is a winning political platform.
Last week President Obama took modest, but politically courageous, executive actions on guns. Despite the well-established popularity of strengthening background checks, the move was panned by the Republican Speaker and most Republican Presidential candidates. But there is far more to the contentious debate on guns than simply a favor/oppose question on any one policy, and more than discussions of a "gun culture" that gun law advocates supposedly don't get.
Five years ago today, I was driving from Phoenix to Tucson to see my friend Gabby Giffords. That Saturday morning, she was at a shopping center parking lot, holding office hours, doing the most basic job of a representative, meeting with her constituents.
While the pro-death lobby likes to quibble over what constitutes a school shooting or argues that gun violence was even worse a generation ago, it does not change the documented fact that these measures will save lives.
I firmly believe the pendulum swing in American politics is real, and I believed that in some swing toward the Democrats in the future, Beau would be president. That's how I'm going to remember him.
Just last week, David Muir celebrated all music therapists as Persons of the Week on his ABC World News Tonight broadcast.
Addressing issues of gender-based violence cannot be a one-sided fight. In order to make any sort of progress, it is critical to include men in forming solutions.
Today, you are more important than we are. It's up to you to lead. Make the choice to serve. Endeavor to do something extraordinary. And when life throws setback and challenges your way, grit your teeth and keep on going.
My mother's reluctance to raise another Betty Crocker became blatantly obvious when I started kindergarten and she sent me to school with a briefcase instead of a lunchbox. According to her, school was not about what your lunch looked like, it was about progress.
"I'm not a dreamer, I'm a 'hopeaholic.'" And with those words, the inimitable Gloria Steinem set the tone not just for the inaugural 2014 Makers Conference, but also for a moment in time filled with great progress... and promise.
The feminists I know are intriguing creatives, entrepreneurs, mothers and lovers; we love our lingerie and our men (not necessarily in that order), and are passionate about excellence, human dignity, empathy, collaboration and co-creation.
As we mark this 50th anniversary of JFK's presidency cut short, we might also pause and consider Caroline Kennedy as the six-year-old daughter and 11-year-old niece of gun violence victims.
I'm grateful to Glamour for recognizing the heroism and continuing good work of each of these women. But I also wish we didn't live in a time and place where we need to honor women's courage and perseverance in the face of gun violence.
They were modest contributions considering the group raised $6.6 million in the first half of 2013 -- more than any other super PAC. But they were also strictly prohibited by the Internal Revenue Service.
Solving gun violence should be a primary goal of law enforcement but government departments remain hamstringed by budget cuts and hiring freezes, not to mention the relentless bigfooting of the NRA, firearms manufacturers and the rest of the gun lobby.