Most of us never register the scale of gun deaths in America. But doctors like Vivek Murthy who are often on the front line of our country's social problems know this scale all to well.
The same bad arguments forwarded by politicians are being used by the NRA to challenge gun regulation. This insistence by gun advocates that suicide is a foregone conclusion is not only factually incorrect, but incredibly dangerous.
We are a society at war with ourselves as well as with much of the world. Gun control in various forms may contain that war, but only a shift in consciousness will end it. That shift must include the realization that power requires more than the means to point, shoot, kill.
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.
On the night of her 20th birthday more than seven years ago, my niece Carol Kestenbaum, along with her best friend Nicole Schiffman, were shot and killed outside Carol's apartment.
No one should feel safe in the following states. These are states with the most Wild West gun laws where you are most likely to encounter someone -- anyone -- with a gun. And it is time to take a stand and do something about it.
You can largely determine where a person will fall in the debate over gun control and the Second Amendment based on their view of government and the role it should play in our lives.
I find it incredible, and deeply disheartening, that the confirmation of our next U.S. Surgeon General may come undone because Dr. Vivek Murthy has expressed his support for widely favored gun control measures, such as an assault weapons ban.
This week the mystery over Malaysia Airlines flight 370 deepened, as officials said the 777's tracking mechanisms may have been deliberately turned off, and that the plane might have flown for hours afterwards. One thing we already know for sure -- but seem to forget every time -- is that in these kinds of situations the first breathless rounds of "Breaking News!" speculation are almost always wrong. Suspense also continued to build in Crimea as Russian forces moved into a village outside the Crimean border ahead of today's referendum, already regarded as illegitimate by Western governments. Meanwhile, the White House is considering delaying the confirmation vote on Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General because lawmakers -- including many Democrats -- are upset that he spoke out in favor of gun control. Why it would be considered controversial to have a chief public health official who wants to do something about the source of 30,000 deaths each year is a uniquely American mystery.
After Georgia passed its Stand Your Ground law, the number of justifiable homicides in our state increased by 83 percent.
For a century-and-a-half, the doctrine of nullification seemed safely consigned to the dustbin of history. The State Senate of Missouri, however, has chosen to arouse this beast from its slumber. And Americans must speak out.
The idea would be to require chips in weapons that would essentially shut the firearm off in say, schools or movie theaters.
Real responsibility for guns would include a requirement for insurance to compensate victims. If that insurance is based on gun owner liability and fault then proper laws to establish liability are necessary.
In the heat of an argument, when all sense of proportion and reason is gone, and all that remains is emotion, it only stands to reason that if you have ready access to lethal force, a moment of anger can turn violent.
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