I don't pretend to speak for the unconscionable number killed at the wrong end of a firearm. From Baton Rouge to Chicago, Dallas, Ferguson, Orlando, S...
When people are armed and outraged, the world so easily collapses into us vs. them. All complexity vanishes. People's life purpose clarifies into a simplistic certainty: Kill the enemy. Indeed, sacrifice your life to do so, if necessary.
With the understanding that even our political officials are refusing to protect us from these monsters, it is up to us to be the advocates for sensible gun legislation to use our democratic power to promote change.
Earlier this week I was in Chicago, which sadly has become synonymous with gun violence. There, I keynoted a conference of 1,100 public school communi...
Advocate on behalf of others who are suffering. Educate the public about abuse, violence, racism, and mental illness. And continue to talk about all of the issues and controversy surrounding violence, abuse, racism, and mental illness.
If you are planning to attend this week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, please be sure to leave your tennis balls at home. But if you want to bring your fully loaded AR-15 assault rifle, please, feel free.
I see two pictures of America. One that is open, free, respectful, fun-loving. The other which is divisive, fearful, angry, and violent. These two have much that sets them apart, but they share missing elements, because neither America is integrated, fair, embracing, or colorblind.
There are straightforward steps we can take locally and nationally to reduce gun violence. In the Cleveland area, I have worked with my Reform Jewish congregation -- Temple Emanu El in Orange Village -- through the interfaith group Greater Cleveland Congregations to advocate for investment in the growing field of smart gun technology and to clean up gun distribution practices.
Earlier this year, my brother, Police Officer David Hofer, was killed in an ambush in the line of duty in Euless, Texas. In the last two weeks, five Dallas Police Department officers were gunned down and three officers were killed in Baton Rouge.
I feel as if I have a responsibility as an artist to bring awareness to harm caused by guns.
Last week, I took a break from social media and I was not alone. Like millions of other people, I was heartbroken by the events that took place and deeply disturbed by the raw and personal reflection of our nation that appeared in its wake on social media.
Let us come together with the maturity to listen to others experiences and the humbleness to do whatever necessary to create a world where all are valued, protected and given opportunity to live the American Dream.
We are poised at what seems to be the pinnacle of a manufactured breakdown, with police shooting unarmed citizens, snipers shooting police, global and domestic violence rising, and a political showdown between two presidential candidates equally matched in unpopularity.
Writing used to be easy. Now, nothing seems easy. Leaning in, I just stare at the screen. Occasionally, I try to type something. Despite my desperati...
Can any positive hope come out of the tragic Orlando shooting at gay nightclub Pulse?
Let's forget that violent crime continues to decline. Let's forget that the number of times that guns are used to prevent crimes is too small to be found.