At the heart of the American mental health crisis today lies the highly flawed, dangerous and unspoken assumption that people with mental disabilities are somehow less than human.
This week, lots of people were coming or going, threatening to come or go, or trying to stop people from coming or going. What's happening? Find out i...
Several parents in Newtown have expressed concern about the long-term effects on young people not necessarily directly impacted by violence, but on the periphery. How has their close proximity to a horrendous event impacted their perception of the world?
Donald Trump and the Republican establishment subscribe to the "mushroom" theory of politics: keep their voters in the dark and feed them full of s**t. This explains why the two parties are so different and why Trump leads the GOP.
And we all ask ourselves: How could this keep happening again and again? Knowing that this cannot be normal? Or: Is this really who we have become? I ask these questions not just as a White House official who has attended far too many memorial services during the last seven years, but also, sadly, as a granddaughter with first-hand experience.
I believe in God. There, I said it! A lot of people, especially really smart people, inwardly cringe when they hear this sort of thing. They start thinking about the kind of person who took "go forth and be fruitful" very literally and is now raising an unimaginable brood of home-schooled tots.
Each president's perspective couldn't be further removed from one another, when considering that they are offering different appraisals of "who" is afforded protection and "what" is identified as a threat. But perhaps they also illuminate two sides to the same American culture of violence.
As I look upon the faces and read the names of the 14 people murdered during a holiday party of colleagues serving the San Bernardino County Departmen...
As a doctor, I'm taught to fight disease. Yet guns kill twice as many people as cancer, five times as many people as heart disease, and 15 times as many people as infections. I know what to do for cancer, heart disease and infections. I don't know what to do about guns.
In this climate gun control laws will not be changed. But it may be possible for the president to creatively use existing law to promote at least temporary restrictions on weapons of mass killing and force national action.
This country has changed since 9/11. And the high powered rifles that enabled the extremist fueled act of terrorism in California are just one ingredient to a perfect cocktail that includes all that's ugly in America today.
In spite of the frequent pleas from President Barack Obama and other national Democrat leaders for increased gun control, the United States is no clos...
Beyond the bigoted speech and the violent readiness to kill, the worst aspect of all of this is that the compass guiding these statements and much of the sentiment that I hear coming from many Christians is not Love -- but rather it is fear.
Just days after returning to the U.S. a story broke an hour south of where I was living in Florida, involving a naked man eating the face off another in a shocking attack of cannibalism like The Walking Dead come to life. Toto, I don't think I'm in Europe anymore.
Many things need to change in our society before killings like those in Colorado and California end. We absolutely need decisive action on gun violence, for a start. But we also know that we can help reduce the daily bloodshed in our society by intervening sooner and supporting victims more fully.
With all the senseless chaos Americans have endured this past year, reasonable debate has been drowned out by the white noise of loudmouth pundits, corporate-owned politicians and repeated gun shots.