Before any politicians, corporations or citizens get too excited and feel any urge to celebrate a positive social response to last month's Charleston massacre, we must remember that a range of organizations have addressed only the first part of the problem of this specific tragedy. Next comes guns.
There's no way to determine if a better armed police or citizen bearing arms could have stopped the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Evidence does show that France has been able to keep a much lower gun homicide rate than America has, but will remain vulnerable to terrorism without a greater ability to crack down on illegal guns in the system.
On July 4th, Americans across the world celebrated Independence Day. While the word, "independence" is universally associated with sentiments of growth and relief, for the women and men that survive relationship violence, the positive effects of leaving their abuser are not at all as instant.
I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.
One would think the ease with which both Lanza and allegedly Dylann Roof were able to obtain weapons would in and of itself make a solid case for gun control legislation in the U.S. to finally be tightened.
There should be something disturbing to people committed to love and peace about the fact that, among all economically-developed countries, the United States has by far the highest rate of gun-related murders in the world.
You can climb a pole and yank down a flag, but the culture of racism and hatred will still be there. On the flip side, you can sew a U.S. flag into a shirt or burn it in effigy in the Middle East, but this less-than-perfect nation will still stand.
When it comes to articulating a rationale for gun safety laws, even the oratory skills of President Obama seem to come up short. Leave it, instead, to a comedian, Australian stand-up Jim Jeffries. His hilarious, but easy to understand arguments slay the Second amendment.
The day after the SCOTUS announced Obergefell vs. Hodges, Shannon Watts was to speak at the national PTA convention in Charlotte, NC. And if you don't think these two events aren't connected in a way that tells us a lot about the future of guns and gun violence, then think again.
Amazing Grace is a song about one man's real and ugly sin. The sin of slavery. At the same time it is a song about the power of forgiveness, a song about looking into the depths of very real evil and, even there, especially there, finding grace that is bigger than all the hate.
There is so much confusion about forgiveness. Some, even the family of the killed in Charleston, are forgiving the shooter Dylann Roof, seeming to sa...
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the latest Republican to announce he is running for president. He joins an already overcrowded field of candidates seeking their party's nomination. But Christie stands out because an overwhelming majority of his own state's registered voters disapproves of his performance in office.
We Americans think of ourselves as advanced, at least technologically. The images of the first man on the moon, put there by American ingenuity and organization less than 200 years after the country's founding, can still thrill.
Yes, I know that Dylann Roof's gun purchase was legal. Perhaps no regulation would have prevented him from attaining a weapon. But is it possible that this disturbed young man felt entitled to take things into his own hands because of our gun culture?
We all have unfinished projects. One of mine is the documentation of the churches and music of people of color in Charleston. I grew up in what was then a virtually unknown town on the South Carolina coast. The racial divide was so omniscient that it was invisible to someone growing up in it.