Nothing makes slaughter right. Nothing explains gun violence. Hate is hate -- plain and simple whenever or wherever it strikes.
Rather than succumbing to another mean-spirited non-conversation about mental illness, fraught with misinformation and stigmatization, let's have some real talk about America's addiction to guns.
Why does our society automatically assume white male domestic terrorists must simply be mentally ill instead of hateful racists -- as commentators are suggesting in the coverage - brushing murders off as if the guy just couldn't help it?
As the Charleston community and the rest of the nation try to comfort the victims of yet another senseless mass shooting it's important to consider the hateful racist gun culture perpetrated by the NRA in our country.
Pro-gun mouthpieces couldn't even wait 24 hours after the unspeakable event to begin peddling a shabby version of "they got what they probably deserved." But the simple fact of the matter is that mass shootings aren't supposed to happen in churches or schools. These places are sanctuaries in every sense of the word.
Thursday morning I posted the obligatory Facebook status, encouraging others to pray for all involved and affected by this massacre. When stuff like this happens, it's easy to sputter over your words and sometimes, prayer is all you've got.
Before you tell me how I am violating your rights by proposing a record of gun owners, note that the constitution does not say that you have the right to bear arms and not tell anyone. We regulate chemicals, elevators, airplanes and financial transactions -- and none of those are specifically designed to kill anyone.
Are these types of rampage shootings on the rise, or does it just seem that way? Whether it's a lone wolf or an organized group matters little to the victims. Maybe now is a good time to enact legislation that even a majority of gun owners want.
This massacre occurred on the very anniversary of a failed slave revolt, a rebellion that played a significant role in the African American liberation movement in South Carolina. Last night, that church that was torn by bullets. Violence is not God's path. We must sing louder than weapons.
Physicians and health professionals have lowered the rates of many deadly infectious diseases by instituting careful, data-driven, broadly-instituted approaches like hand-washing, universal vaccination, and food and drug quality laws. We need to consider firearms and bullets as pathogens, similar to the smallpox virus and its disease, smallpox.
This email from National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre was forwarded to your humble correspondent, who feels it his civic duty to share with the public, in light of the fact that American kids are accidentally, but quite regularly, shooting themselves, their siblings, and sometimes their own parents.
If gun sales are supposedly "red hot," why are gun manufacturers struggling, even filing for bankruptcy? The answers include a gun glut and long-term trends in gun ownership in America.
You would think that someone at NRA headquarters would realize that Van Hollen's bill would be the perfect vehicle for getting the holy grail of all gun bills passed, namely, a bill extending concealed-carry in all 50 states.
The word "arms" in the constitution has not been specifically defined, which means it is open to interpretation. Instead of trying to outlaw guns, gun control advocates should simply outlaw the manufacture and sale of bullets. The second amendment would remain intact while gun deaths would fall dramatically.
LBL has considered putting a car up on blocks in front of her abode or having a fake notice on the door from the Board of Health announcing the presence of both cholera and Sarah Palin inside her home.
Researchers who focus on policy issues traditionally look for majority opinion as a guide to what may or may not be possibly changed in the public domain. But the fact that slightly less than half of all gun owners support the ban on assault rifles is a finding which needs to be considered on its own terms.