In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we've been sharing a look at just some of what the League has done to increase political participation and strengthen our democracy -- and our country -- in 2013.
The NRA, the Washington Times, and all the other pro-gun stalwarts who make a living by ginning up the fears of gun owners every time someone says anything even remotely connected to gun control might do us a favor and stop concocting arguments out of whole cloth.
By targeting and stigmatizing the mentally ill, especially in the absence of a coherent risk-identification strategy, the effect may be to discourage people who need help from seeking it, while also stripping away the rights of a huge group of people who will likely never commit a violent act.
I believe the time has come to reconsider how we wish to leave our country for our children and theirs. As the anniversary of the school shooting in Newton, Connecticut (12/13/13), approaches, I believe that together, we have the ability to spare our children and country.
The danger posed by a gun in the hands of a domestic violence abuser has long been recognized as a serious threat to the public safety of women. But today, there are gaps across federal, state, and local governments that allow preventable situations to slip through the cracks.
It's obvious at this point that the gun lobby is doing everything in its ability to kick the can down the road. But as we have seen, time and time again, the issue is not going anywhere.
Many people put a great amount of energy into their hobbies, people with deep resentments about things they cannot change displace their hostility into the channel they can find, and companies with a financial interest pour resources into the advancement whatever they profit from.
Politicians refuse to speak out even when they have more than three quarters of the population supporting them. Dick Metcalf went into the lion's den, risking his employment at a top gun magazine, to stand up for a rational view of firearms.
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 could tell you my neighbors nearly moved after a bullet implanted itself in the headrest of their minivan's driver's seat. I could tell you when I worked in the projects everyone carried a gun. They'd all been shot, had scars of torn flesh and children and brothers and parents lost.
Whatever one's stance on gun control is, I know everyone can agree that we should not rest until America becomes a place where families never have to worry about their loved ones being shot by a crazy gunman.
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.
The NRA, of course, has taken the lead in advancing the twisted idea that the Second Amendment protects to the rights of individuals to go to war with their own government.
I'm not black. I'm Asian American. But late at night, in a certain slant of light, I'm just a spook, a boogey man, a creep. I could see how a wary homeowner in hunting country could over-react to a stranger at the door.
Talk to anyone in law enforcement and they'll tell you that gun violence, like all violence, is best controlled in and by the local communities where it takes place. Sunnyvale could be an isolated incident but it also might be the beginning of a new trend.
Yesterday's gubernatorial election in Virginia was a remarkable setback for the Virginia-based National Rifle Association. McAuliffe had an "F" rating from the NRA, compared to Cuccinelli's "A" rating. And yet, even in a state with a lot of pro-gun voters, McAuliffe emerged victorious.