We should not let ourselves become dulled by this horror because wisdom will carry the day in the end. We should pray for those wounded and killed and killed, knowing that the good fight for sensible gun legislation will continue.
We need more outrage about these other Red Lines, the ones hurting our country. Where are the American people? Where is the outrage? We can do better. We are the United States of America -- we must do better.
Just hours after 13 Americans were shot and killed on a military base in our nation's capital, reporters and pundits began speculating that gun reform was dead.
After a week which began with 12 killed at a Navy Yard shooting in Washington, and continued with 13 shot at a South Side park in Chicago, we still can't get Congress to pass legislation on background checks.
When those who harm animals are held accountable for the full extent of the injuries they cause, it sends a clear message that our society and our legal system is starting to take the lives of animals seriously.
It is the aftermath where the president and other leaders once again offer their "deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims, and where we all wipe tears from our eyes, go home -- and nothing happens.
The Navy Yard. The Farmers Market. The Second Amendment... ...
It is not likely that there will be any meaningful changes to gun laws in the near future, but in the longer term, the prospects look good. The struggle will not be easy, as almost no progressive struggles are, but the curve is already in the right direction.
The response to Professor Guth's statement demonstrates once again that Second Amendment zealots believe that the amendment supersedes everything else in the Constitution. His attack on the NRA may have been unnecessarily provocative, but it was protected by the First Amendment.
I believe that in the interest of the greater good would be federal legislation mandating anyone with certain psychiatric diagnoses (Paranoid Schizophrenia, certain types of dementia, and other psychotic disorders) be entered into a federal database, prohibiting them from gun ownership.
I delivered this sermon on Rosh Hashanah morning. Who knew by the time I would be able to edit and publish it we would be faced with yet another mass murder, this time at the Washington Navy Yard? If ever there was a time that we Americans must speak up about sane and sensible gun control the time is now.
Every time there is an incident of gun violence, we are told that it is the fault of an individual. This is a distraction that keeps us from examining a failing system.
When it comes to dealing with a vestige of our wild and rugged colonial and frontier history that way too often makes today's streets and offices and theaters and universities, and even elementary schools, look like the aftermath at the OK Corral, something has to change.
Most people I know missed the tie to the bakery and instead assumed it was for Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming in October. It's almost like when we see anything pink, we see Breast Cancer Awareness. It's become a cultural benchmark.
When individuals like Aaron Alexis are not prohibited purchasers under existing federal law, it is obvious that universal background checks alone are not enough. We need to have a national discussion about expanding the disqualifying criteria.