Videos of police brutality have galvanized astonishingly productive action in the space of less than a year. We can hope that the legislation from New York will serve as a model everywhere. Absent gruesome live video, is there anything that can prevent the NRA from grinding its boot-heel against our necks?
I have waited to write anything as I have watched the developments in the story of the horrific shooting in Oregon because I had to think. I had to think, to wonder, what is going on in America, and what I came up with is that America is not safe anymore.
Even given the policy analysis failures of Trump's positions, other leading Republican contenders for the presidency are far more clearly referring to mental health as an excuse to dodge gun control rather than develop a functional system.
In the letter to Joe Biden, an emboldened, defiant, and lawless Sheriff Hanlin declared his opposition to any gun control legislation and his commitment as sheriff to disobey any such laws. Simply stated, the sheriff went on record saying he would break the law by ignoring the law, because that law violated his First Amendment personal beliefs
The newly anointed front-runner for the Republican Party also has a new idea for gun control. But is it a good idea? Would it have stopped the Oregon killer, or even the South Carolina shooter? And would fellow Republicans embrace it?
When it comes to guns, what teachers should carry isn't a weapon -- it's the weight of the debate. Teachers must at least have more courage than Congress. At least let the kids study the issue.
Senate Bill 11 is now law in Texas, the state where I grew up and attended college. The law requires the state's public universities to allow handguns in dorms, classrooms and campus buildings. Private universities are allowed to opt out of the requirement.
Wherever you stand on guns, ask yourself if your true feelings are really being represented in Washington. Don't rely on the answers you've always given. Pray if it suits you. But then get up and do something.
This is what I think about now, during lockdown drills. I think about how kindergarten is just around the corner for my three year old and I wonder at the lunacy of her future self, participating in lockdown drills, practicing on learning how to stay alive.
Why are we even letting them have a platform? Why are we even entertaining the thought that they are saying anything even remotely rational or fact-based? Enough of this! You don't roll around in the muddy gutter with the NRA, you just point and laugh, point and laugh.
There are many pieces to this complex puzzle but another important place for prevention is within our schools. It should not be overlooked that most of these shootings take place in institutions that house our most vulnerable citizens -- our children
The very problem here is the title given to this issue... the word "control." Control is a pejorative word that conjures up very negative images of "big brother" pushing us around and dictating our lives in ways that Americans feel impinges on their freedoms. None of us wants to be "controlled."
I'm sick of religion being dragged into every single political discussion. It is cheap and easy theatrics. But the politicians aren't going to stop. Wanna know why? Because it is emotionally manipulative and if you hit the right triggers, emotional manipulation works every single time.
It's not about background checks, it's not about mental health, it's not even about "stuff." It's about a lethal consumer product being cynically and dishonestly promoted as the most effective protection from violence and crime.
Will the government shut down again? So much palace intrigue in The People's House. Super-nerds are consumed this week with the drama that is set to unfold in the capital. I'm one of them.
Who speaks for Americans? To whom must Congress respond? Is it their constituents or their donors and lobbyists? It's time for that debate RFK tried to start in 1968. It's time for Americans to decide what kind of society they want. It's what the framers intended.