While Trump's enormous popularity this summer had surprised me, I must say that Carson's surge has worried me. Deeply. It's clear that he's capable of the same incendiary rhetoric that has marked Donald Trump's campaign.
If Nelson Mandela were alive, he would say that the problem of gun violence can only be resolved by bringing everyone to the table who has a stake in the game. We need to invite the other side to join us in the discussion; if they refuse, we need to invite them again and again.
Let's notice the lonely children, parents, and young adults. Advocate for them. Prevent bullying. Let's surround kids with invitations to engage; education and mental health services to support; and integrated plans for serving their needs. Let's make it difficult to want the gun, let alone get the gun.
Moving to a gun free world is possible. It's not far at all. It's just a few steps away. And by way of technological innovation (some of which has already happened) and a change in cultural desires we can get there soon.
When it comes to gun regulations Republicans have a lot of concerns. While having your rights restricted is obviously an issue for most Americans, nearly every proposal aimed at reducing gun violence has corresponding Republican-backed legislation that should ease the concerns of the "they're coming to take my guns" crowd.
As a former NYPD Chaplain for 21 years, who served on the frontlines of 9/11, I sincerely express my condolences to the Holder Family and the entire NYPD family for the loss of Officer Randolph Holder.
There was a time when Holocaust revisionists were sophisticated crackpots pretending to be academics. Today, that revisionism has a new iteration and has found its way into the ridiculous notion that a flood of private weapons would have eliminated the Nazis' genocidal efforts in Europe.
Regardless of whether a domestic abuser is a boyfriend, spouse, ex-spouse, or father of his victim's child, that person should obviously lose the privilege of gun ownership. We must address the very real dangers of guns in dating violence and domestic abuse by closing the "boyfriend loophole."
The simple piece of paper with a jury summons notice was enough to erase every moment of healing I've accomplished since the then and now. This piece of paper made me want to flee the country that caused me so much damage, like I ended up doing in 2002 after my suicide attempt.
School shootings are a common occurrence these days. The shooting in Oregon shook America... but not enough to do anything about it.
As a military veteran and a gun owner, I enjoy blowing off some steam from time to time by spending a day at the shooting range, as I'm sure many other Americans do. I don't think twice about it, but according to Facebook, my right to bear arms is in jeopardy.
I was a 14-year-old high school freshman when I began collecting guns. It was Chicago in 1958, a time before a metal detector had ever darkened a school doorway. Disciplinary problems in most American classrooms meant kids sneaking out without a hall pass or sticking old Juicy Fruit under their desks.
While only a small proportion of the gun deaths in the United States occur on campuses, such events make it starkly evident that higher education must attend to the role of guns in American culture and bring the force of our roles to bear against the violence that is endemic in our country.
What seems to be entirely left out of the conversation is our responsibility as a society to be more mindful. We need to refocus our efforts; it's about empathy, it's about responsibility, and it's about being proactive.
The easiest way to close the loophole, or at least make it smaller, is to define the word 'dealer' in a way that requires more people to become FFL-holders if they want to buy or sell guns.
I invited commenters to present an alternate perspective via interview, and David Anderson responded. David has been a member of the NRA for 50 years (he joined as a Boy Scout), and is a firm believer that the right to gun ownership -- as protected in the U.S. Constitution -- as a form of both procuring sustenance (e.g. through hunting) and for the purpose of self-defense is both fair and necessary.