More than 30,000 people are killed by firearms each year in this country, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In Washington State, studies show that death by gun violence has consistently exceeded motor vehicle crash deaths.
This "perfect storm" of guns and cyber-stalking of women is an example of how Western culture, through both philosophy and Christian theology, works to normalize violence against women, and violence in the general culture.
So long as we have a free media, hate and fear will be sold in prime time. But why does the fear sell so well in some areas -- climate change and guns, for example -- and why does common sense and freedom prevail in other areas, like gay marriage?
The NRA fully understands the racial dynamic at play here. As long as we can blame something other than guns, America will not have to come to terms with the truth that violence is a complicated phenomenon that is made far more lethal by the easy availability and killing power of firearms.
Jumping at one's own shadow is a perfect metaphor for living with post-traumatic stress disorder. A darkness that sets up permanent camp in your peripheral vision and won't go away, no matter how much sage you burn, or how many gods you pray to.
As ISIS raced through Western Iraq, cutting through Kurdish villages and Sunni enclaves with rapid speed, the United States reacted with shock. How could the Iraqi Army give up resistance so rapidly? Why weren't locals fighting back?
It is our responsibility as parents to create and follow guidelines that will teach our children and make a safer world for them to live in. Ultimately it is we the parents that are responsible for our children, not our government.
And every time the NRA has a week as bad as this one, the American public wins.
The FBI report not only debunks the "good guy stops the bad guy" nonsense, but also gives us some important data to judge the validity of another NRA mantra, namely, whether "bad guys" are drawn to commit shootings in gun-free zones.
The fact that America leads the developed world in guns and gun-related deaths doesn't faze gun advocates. Like tax cuts, guns are considered a cure-all. Unfortunately, the same appears true of munitions in American foreign policy.
Know what you get by requiring long gun transfers through NICS?
America has been praying hard since Sandy Hook and it's working! The results haven't fully kicked in yet, but according to praying gun-owners, news headlines in America will soon look very promising.
There is a critical election in California that offers reformers across the country a historic chance to speak with a cohesive voice and to make a decisive shift in the paradigm that shapes the debate over the course of public education in the U.S.
Recently Panera Bread released a notice that they will be banning guns within all their restaurants. Although I understand the concern behind this dec...
What the NRA is trying to do is cast itself in a softer, more reasonable and, if you'll pardon the expression, less combative way, because for the first time they are up against an opponent whose money, smarts and media access can sway lots of people to go the opposite way.
When it comes to exploring firearms legislation the state to watch is California. Here is where many legal concepts are tested.