About a year and a half back, a very brave little girl of my country was shot in the face by the Taliban. Her name was Malala Yousaf Zai. She paid the...
In Pakistan, unless you are very well-connected, possession of guns is not an easy task. In contrast, the USA, one of the most advanced nations in the world, has such an easy access to guns that I am literally dumbfounded. And this access is coming at a terrible cost.
Time has come to rename the Grand Old Party. It might be old, it certainly is no longer grand. I am hereby trying to coin the new definition of the Gross Obstructive Party. Royalties will go to charities.
Reagan projected an inclusive form of optimism for certain citizens. Yet Reagan's was far from universal and shut out too many Americans.
I think it's possible to stop school shootings, or at least dramatically reduce them. Simply put, we need more gun control. But the sad reality is that we're not going to get more gun control until we've fixed a deeper, more pervasive problem: political corruption.
As someone who has now personally experienced a tragic, unnecessary death, I worry that the banner of libertarianism too often drowns out rational, middle-of-the road approaches to genuine harms. It is hard to imagine anyone who has lost a relative or dear friend in such a manner to see such innocent deaths as the price of doing business. Indeed, it is downright chilling to suggest this.
It all felt so real, and so mind-numbing to think that as I was sitting there, about to take a final, a whole school was in lock down, thousands of students and faculty not knowing if they would make it home that night.
Somehow religious folk especially have been duped into believing that to conceal a gun in a purse or jacket is the mark of a good citizen, when in fact it is an act of absolute cowardice and disregard for the beauty and value of our fellow humans.
Criminals (and the mentally disturbed) must be popping champagne corks everywhere knowing that they can now go almost anywhere with weapon in hand, mix with the crowd until the time is right and then use it either to rob or shoot somebody.
Public affairs experts would argue that advocacy work is much more effective when there is a personal story attached to an issue. A first person account makes policy personal, and puts a face on issues that may otherwise be debated in the abstract.
Too many people worship guns instead of God. Still, Jesus and the disciples were stronger then all the Roman Empire two thousand years ago. The Cross lobby will still prevail against the gun lobby.
After too many mass vigils like the one that followed the Sandy Hook massacre, we have learned that while sympathy is well meant, it does not lead to action. Courage does.
I certainly understand the principle of defending liberty, but the practice of it has steadily evolved beyond all reason. With so many innocent Americans dead, what war are we fighting here? Why are Americans killing Americans?
It started like any other Friday afternoon. I walked through the unlocked front doors of my kids' school, stopped in the office to sign in as a volunteer and grab an ID badge, and headed down the hall to Ms. C.'s first grade classroom. I was there to help the kids write a newsletter about their week. Instead, I was reminded of my worst nightmare.
Why? It's the first thing people want to know when tragedy strikes. Why us? Why here? Why now? Why this? Perhaps if we know the cause of a given tragedy, then we can prevent similar ones from happening in the future.