I can't stomach another battle of ideologies that ends in stagnation once we're feeling desensitized again. But I'd like to get to know the people who disagree with me better. Of all my beliefs, and believe me, I've got 'em, this one feels the most pressing, the most promising and the most likely to inspire change.
You see, we LGBT people didn't exactly get to experience our childhoods and teenage years in the way that others did. So we spend our 20s and 30s living that out. To others we are fierce and fearless, young and energetic, strong and courageous.
In the wake of the Orlando shootings, the AR-15 and weapons like it are in the spotlight because, once again, a semi-automatic rifle was used in the shooting. This time, it was technically a Sig Sauer MCX, but it's in the same classification of gun.
Luckily, we can do something. We can show Republicans that we reject their obstructionism and unwillingness to work across the aisle by voting them out and voting in Democrats that get it.
Mass shootings lead to media narratives and political rhetoric about stopping "crazy evil monsters" from accessing guns, which increases stigma and makes inaccessible treatment even less utilized.
This community is well-organized, well-funded and now they are beyond angry.
The deaths of these innocent brothers and sisters at Pulse Night club in Orlando is not only horrible but despicable. My heart bleeds in pain. All men and women of goodwill in the US and throughout the world are rightly appalled at this unmitigated tragedy.
Even to this day, when I am with a man that I am dating and I want to hold his hand or kiss him, I often refrain; if I decide to give him a peck on the cheek or squeeze his hand I am never without the fear that someone might bring harm to us. That is, unless I am in a gay establishment.
As a gay person, I went and witnessed and showed solidarity. But as I looked at the police standing watch, fingers on the trigger, I wondered if we should be thinking less about us and our politics than about the good of society as a whole.
They don't have to worry about the liberals, they'll thrive on that until the cows come home. It's the chickens that could come home to roost from the Right if Fairfax appears to be bending.
Firearms didn't make a violent man kill 49 people in Orlando this week. But they did give him reach. And we have to decide, right now, whether our own need for reach, for supposed security and independence has produced a state of affairs in this country that we can be proud of.
There's no denying that the regularity of mass shootings in the United States are horrifying. As we try to come grips with the murders that took place...
As a lawyer, it is far too easy for me to get embroiled in the politics of recent tragedies: ...
The anguish of the Middle East region is now spreading out across much of the globe and leaching back into our own American society. The U.S. cannot kill at leisure abroad and remain untouched at home.
Although America does not necessarily own hate and division (those things have many shareholders around the world), we do own way too many guns. Combine hate and guns with mentally disturbed individuals and you get mass shootings.
I applaud the current efforts of Senate Democrats led by Senator Chris Murphy (CT) in their filibuster to make Republicans act on gun violence.