The blood hadn't dried from the homophobic terrorists shooting rampage when leading politicians began blaming the gun and calling for a ban on sales o...
To make sense of what has happened, I write. I have nothing new to say, others have not already shared, but I still write. I hope in the face of hopelessness we will take action to ensure this never happens again.
In this polarizing debate filled with a seemingly binomial future, there are other options: namely those that focus on common-sense public health measures, like repealing the federal ban on gun research and physician gag laws.
When Anne Verrill heard the news of another mass shooting by a man wielding an assault-style rifle - this time targeting young people in Florida - she...
While petitions are a feel-good and largely effort free mode of civic engagement, anyone if you want to see action from lawmakers, your time is better spent elsewhere. Your voice, your issues, your opinions matter. You just need to know how to make it heard!
For most of the day yesterday and through the early hours of this morning, Senator Chris Murphy and many of his Senate colleagues staged a dramatic filibuster--the 9th longest filibuster in US history.
We have seen the enemy, and he is us. - Pogo Like millions of people in America and around the world, I read about the Orlando tragedy with a heav...
This week started off with the horror in Orlando. It was at once a hate crime, an act of terror and another tragic example of our lack of common sense gun control. Before the victims' bodies were even identified, Donald Trump was trying to fear-bait and scapegoat, bragging that he'd somehow been proven right and doubling down on his plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. But Trump's disgusting attempt to capitalize on a national tragedy didn't work. According to a CBS poll, only 25 percent approved of his shameful response, while 51 percent disapproved, and nearly two-thirds rejected his Muslim ban. Meanwhile, several members of Congress walked out of the now-traditional post-massacre moment of silence, with Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) calling them "an abomination" that does not "honor the victims" but "mocks them." Senate Democrats then took over the Senate for 15 hours demanding action on gun control. Whatever the outcome, it is heartening to know that the time of silence is finally over, and that voices for reform are being heard over racist, divisive dog-whistles.
We must call out the hypocrisy when elected officials offer condolences after gun violence in one breath and defend civilians' right to own weapons of war in the next. With each successive mass shooting, I have grown convinced that a massive civic crusade on the order of the civil rights movement is necessary.
The Scranton, Pennsylvania, LGBTQ community is normally low key in this fairly conservative community. Monday evening, change came to Scranton. St. ...
If Mateen had been a Christian, like the Charleston slayer, would we have termed the killings "terrorism"? Would the media have indulged itself in an examination about "what's wrong with Christianity"? Would we have called for surveillance of everyone with a Confederate flag license plate?
The tragic news from Orlando dominated the week's media, as once again someone with easy access to military-style weaponry takes dozens of lives. According to Donald Trump and John McCain, this is all Barack Obama's fault (of course). Personally, we think if you want to go back and point fingers, you'd have to include George W. Bush.
While there have been countless debates, tests and judgments that have defined and redefined how to interpret this amendment, the current prevailing interpretation and belief in America is that individual gun ownership is a constitutional right.
We are in the middle of our recurring national nightmare. We would like to wake up and make it go away, but we can't. Incomprehensible carnage from the barrel of a gun. Impassioned demands for action to be taken by those we elect to protect us. Political intimidation by the gun lobby.
Why do we hear dozens of politicians offer "thoughts and prayers" after a mass shooting but no meaningful legislation for common sense measures such as stopping individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing weapons? It's because our representatives are puppets of their campaign donors, including the NRA.
When pretty much anyone can get a military-style assault weapon with ease, including homegrown terrorists and individuals with an agenda of hate so severe they kill, the horror of gun violence doesn't end, even as the public becomes more and more desperate that it does.