If we do not drastically change course on our suicide prevention strategies, we will keep having these National Suicide Prevention Weeks and National Suicide Prevention Awareness Months and fundraising walks into the darkness year after year, as the suicide rates continue to climb.
Affirming the government's right to control firearms is one thing; affirming a silly and useless gun regulation is something else.
In the Unetaneh Tokef prayer of 2015, we could easily add the phrases: "who by bullet and who by negligence, who by semi-automatic weapon and who by unlicensed handgun, who by lack of background check and who by accident."
Gun violence is an issue that needs to be addressed in America. There are too many innocent people in the U.S. loosing their lives to these acts of violence. Innocent bystanders, beautiful children, live television broadcasters, and praying churchgoers have all been killed, as well as hundreds, if not thousands of other incidents.
Significant change will only occur when millions of people, locally in their respective communities, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, county by county and state by state, organize and collectively say: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH -- end gun violence!
Since the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, there have been over 31 notable mass shootings that left multiple people dead, including the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, Fort Hood in 2009, Sandy Hook in 2012 and the Mother Emanuel Church in 2015.
Call your state senators, your assembly members, your mayors, and your city councils. Tell them that you want to protect your kids. You want to protect your communities. Hell, you want to protect yourself.
I don't remember a time when so many different types of people from so many different backgrounds were as committed to serious and continuous efforts to reduce or eliminate the violence caused by guns.
The number of gun deaths in the United States is out of control relative to the rest of the developed world. If we can't make headway on the problem of gun murders, and it seems that at present we cannot, then we need to shift focus to battles that are winnable. And ultimately, tackling the problem of gun suicides could save many more lives than strategies focused on reducing gun murders.
The subversion of the Equal Protection Clause touches us in other parts of our lives -- nowhere more starkly than the area of gun control.
They have two things in common. Each state contains at least one city with a murder rate at least four times the national average -- Oakland, Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Newark; and each state is home to a Republican Presidential candidate: Fiorina, Carson, Kasich, Walker, Christie.
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Out of this cacophony of the sometimes 24/7 repetitive media blitz, persons who REALLY CARE about the real world around them, instead of an often pre-occupation with a "parallel universe," should check their moral compasses.
In the five days the nation spent grieving Alison and Adam's deaths, 440 other Americans died by guns. And yet, as a nation we do nothing, except watch the special interest gun industry get away with murder without any accountability while their NRA shills buy and intimidate cowardly members of Congress.
Public opinion data over more than 50 years reveals a country ever less willing to restrict gun ownership, even as mass shootings and other high-profile shooting incidents continue to make news.
If we develop young boys into testosterone-fueled, entitled "winners" who succeed by suppressing real feelings and behaving aggressively, we shouldn't be surprised when they act as they have been conditioned to act.