What a different world it could have been if we were able to heed the Pope's call to action before tragedies like Newtown and stop isolating and discriminating against those who have all types of brain differences.
Most politicians have made their stances on gun control laws widely known. Republican Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has said he supports the rights of Illinoisans to own guns while some Democrats have expressed support for stricter gun control laws as a way to stymie violence in the state.
There is nothing inevitable about gun violence. And while the scandalously high rates of murder in both Brazil and South Africa are treated by many as "normal," there are encouraging signs of change. Targeted crime prevention measures and public health interventions pursued in both countries are cause for cautious optimism.
The surgeon general, whatever his or her views on gun control, has no political authority, and will do absolutely nothing about gun control in office. Even if the position did allow for that, why would that unsettle anybody?
Per Prop 47, as long as the possessor is not a convicted felon, adjudicated mentally ill or otherwise statutorily ineligible, misdemeanor. Write a ticket and mail the person a notice to appear. It's like catch and release fishing with a barbless hook.
Rather than propping up an anything-goes gun culture, religion may be part of the solution in promoting conversations that move beyond the partisan divides that have immobilized debates over gun control.
While thinking about the Sandy Hook shooting evokes more sadness than anxiety in general, focusing on explanations leads to a shift in emotional tone from sadness to anxiety. Importantly, it appears that this emotional shift -- especially the growing anxiety -- is tied to people's lingering worry that a similar tragedy might occur in the future.
For those who have suffered since Newtown and for those who predictably will suffer in the months to come, a few lessons learned in hindsight from one Newtown Resident.
Why does avarice trump the will of the people? Why are dead children not enough to spur action? Why are democrats and republicans unwilling to do the right thing, even as our kids run scared across bloodstained school playgrounds?
It will be very interesting to see what the next 24 months bring from President Obama, the GOP, the Democrats and the ever-changing global economy. Who will win and what will happen, no one knows. But what is necessary is as easy to say, as it is hard to achieve.
We must recognize the male-centric nature of gun violence in America. At the very least, we must understand that teen boys are attracted to guns like magnets to metal.
As pundits proclaim that Republicans are poised to possess both houses of Congress this mid-term election I'm both mystified and alarmed. Why would women -- who were the determining factor in the 2012 presidential elections -- give so much power to a party that has such a miserly relationship with us?
The Fryberg and Zehaf-Bibeau cases may differ in detail and motivation, yet they both reflect societal problems whether they are concepts of misguided masculinity in which young men feel inhibited in expressing emotion or increased isolation and alienation as a result of prejudice against mental instability.
take the gun out of the equation. Now, what do you have? Are there 87 school shootings since Newtown? Suppose the shooter doesn't have access to the parent's firearm. Does he or she walk into school with a sword in his jacket?
Conventional wisdom says that James Woods doesn't have a prayer. As an atheist, Woods relies on his message, values, supporters, and voters and not on prayers. While it is also true that the demographics are against him, his message is getting out there and that is an awesome win for atheists and for progressives.
Like me, you may feel like there's nothing that can be done to stop the carnage of gun violence -- particularly with the body count of our children rising each day. However, there are things each of us can and must do.