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What Killed President Kennedy and Trayvon Martin?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

While there are troubling undertones of racial suspicion and fear in Trayvon Martin's killing which must be addressed as justice is sought, the fact is that most Black young people murdered by guns are killed by Black shooters -- just as most White children and teens murdered by guns are killed by White shooters. Sadly the tragedies of Tucson, Aurora, Newtown and elsewhere made clear that none of us are safe anywhere or immune to the pervasive threat of gun violence. We are all in the same boat and must act together to stop the plague of violence. Gun safety laws that only apply in one city or state can't fully stop our national epidemic of gun proliferation and violence any better than we can stop a flu epidemic by vaccinating one family.

America's Broken Hearts

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our nation's children and families have suffered enough broken hearts. We are determined that children get a vote on common-sense gun safety measures to protect them from guns. Take action with us.

Homicides in Chicago

Tio Hardiman | Posted 04.01.2013 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

We cannot continue to sit back and wait for the next homicide to occur. It's time to get out on the front end and stop homicides from occurring in the first place.

The Bug Man Cometh: A Teachable Moment of Senseless Violence

Jonathan Valania | Posted 04.01.2013 | Crime
Jonathan Valania

All murder is, of course, senseless and unforgivable but this one raises the bar. Ultra-violence in the service of nothing. A monumental waste of a wonderful life, of a beautiful mind, of a woman who, by dint of her profession, was on the side of the angels. And what have we learned?

We Must Reduce the Number of Crime Victims in Detroit

Gary A. Brown | Posted 03.30.2013 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

I am concerned that there are not sufficient strategies in place to reduce the number of crime victims in Detroit and change the perception that Detroit is not a safe city. In my view, there are 10 strategies to achieve the goal.

David Lohr

Teen Watched Rob Zombie's 'Halloween' A Lot Before Killing Mom, Sister (READ FULL CONFESSION) | David Lohr | Posted 01.25.2013 | Crime

A judge in Texas has released a teenage murder suspect's confession, in which he says the 2007 film "Halloween," by heavy metal musician and film dire...

David Lohr

Texas Authorities Offer Reward For Tips In Teen's Slaying | David Lohr | Posted 01.24.2013 | Crime

Authorities are hoping a reward offer will bring new leads in the case of a 16-year-old girl who was murdered, placed in a trunk and dumped along a re...

9/11 vs. Newtown

Rich Nadworny | Posted 03.24.2013 | Crime
Rich Nadworny

In post-Newtown America, the simple fact remains: We need to treat gun violence as a serious threat to our common defense.

Pause to Recognize Global Progress

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 03.22.2013 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

There are most certainly major issues in the world and we need to remain constantly vigilant. At the same time, there is a lack of recognition that humanity has made great strides forward in the past few decades.

Gun Crazy

James Zogby | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics
James Zogby

No, our problem is neither that our guns are too sophisticated for our own good or that we don't have enough of them. Our problem is simpler and deeper. It is our "gun culture" and guns, period.

Video Games Hold No Answers

Paul Mones | Posted 03.19.2013 | Crime
Paul Mones

Restricting access to high-capacity weapons is a needed step, but we are deluding ourselves if we believe that any legislation curbing media violence in any of its forms will prevent future tragedies like Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Guns, Lies, and Suicides

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Michael J. Tansey

Whereas the NRA would have us believe that the solution to our alarming homicide rate is more good-guy guns and greater accessibility, that argument has been refuted beyond dispute when it comes to suicide.

Poisoned Lottery Winner's Wife Tried To Cash Check Shortly After Husband's Death, Documents Say

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.11.2013 | Business

The widow of Urooj Khan, the lottery winner who was poisoned with cyanide shortly after hitting the jackpot, allegedly tried to cash her late husband'...

Are You Scared Yet?

James Peron | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
James Peron

Our politicians serve up endless entrees of panique du jour. Of course, what we are supposed to be terrorized about differs, depending on whether you're looking at the left-hand page of the menu, or the right.

Gun Control Can't Work If Restricted to the Mentally Ill

Allen Frances | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Allen Frances

We must go much further. No civilian -- mentally ill or not -- ever needs or deserves access to a military style assault weapon that is capable of killing dozens of people in a few short minutes.

Gun Violence and America's Image in the World

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Who wants to visit or invest in or even do business with a country that is violent and chaotic, where the government is in gridlock and the public divided?

Bullets for Gun Control

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

The notion that weapons like the ever-popular Bushmaster model used in the Sandy Hook massacre have any legitimate use in civilian hands is the effective marketing of a money-making fantasy. Which matters more to us: the money to be made selling guns, or the lives of our children?

David Lohr

Victims Of Torture-Slaying Remembered | David Lohr | Posted 01.07.2013 | Crime

Friends, relatives and supporters of the family of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom are marking the sixth anniversary of the young couple's de...

The NRA Is Right: Crazy People Do Kill

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Suspected killer Erika Menendez being arrested. It doesn't have to happen. Every year about 1,000 people in the U.S. are murdered by severely me...

David Lohr

Violent Start To A Fresh New Year | David Lohr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

Millions of merrymakers around the country greeted the New Year with a blend of revelry and reverence. But, as 2012 turned the corner into 2013, there...

Army Soldier Found Dead In Barracks On Alaska Military Base

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.24.2013 | Crime
Alaska Dispatch News

A soldier was found dead Christmas morning in barracks on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, a military base for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force locate...

Gun Control Laws and Race And Class: Let's Talk About It

Janet Mason | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Janet Mason

We can start with gun control legislation. President Obama is in his second term and now is in a position to take action. Public opinion is on his side. Let's put pressure on our legislators to make sure this happens.

Jason Cherkis

More Than 100 Die In U.S. Gun Violence Since Sandy Hook | Jason Cherkis | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The night after Sandy Hook, a gunman pulled behind a car in Kansas City's east side and opened fire, striking 4-year-old Aydan Perea in ...

Gun Crazy

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Economists estimate that the average life is "worth" appoximately $7 million. This means that America's firearm policy over the past twenty years has cost the nation approximately $1.75 trillion in lost lives. But who's counting?

Janell Ross

As Newtown Shooting Grabs Headlines, 'Slow Drip' Of Gun Violence Continues | Janell Ross | Posted 12.18.2012 | Crime

Friday night was supposed to be a celebration, a moment of young man levity after a nine-month stretch in which Avon Ball Jr. had worked to turn his l...