There is a recognition that 2nd Amendment rights, like 1st Amendment and other rights, come with responsibilities and limitations. There is no reason both sides of the gun debate can't support policies that both protect the right to legally own guns, and reduce the likelihood of mass fatalities.
Those who oppose common-sense measures to prevent gun violence are counting on fear, misinformation campaigns, and political gridlock going forward. Now it's up to the American people to make sure Congress takes action.
President Obama's unilateral White House action on gun control is a good start. But Obama took the action precisely because he knows that gun control legislation is a virtual dead letter in Congress at least for the time being.
Like most Americans, I've spent the last few years reading stories about mass shootings in one part of the country or another, each more horrific than the last.
The political window in Washington is open for landmark, comprehensive reform to the immigration code. President Obama is expected to push for a bill in the early part of this year. Here are three ways the White House can lead the charge for meaningful immigration reform.
As we await President Obama's plan for reducing gun violence, let's not forget the vital role that reauthorizing Vice President Biden's Violence Against Women Act can play in saving lives and pursuing justice.
Congress must reauthorize Violence Against Woman Act. America must lead the way to help end violence against woman worldwide.
While the politics of cutting Social Security are bad, it also doesn't make much sense as policy. From a policy standpoint it would make far more sense to tax Wall Street speculation.
There are times, when writing about the political world, when it is impossible not to feel like I am trapped inside a Jonathan Swift satire. This is one of those times. Real life and farce blur into one, and we all pretend this is normal. Sigh.
Photo Credit: Youth Radio Jake McDonnell is a teacher at Richmond High School in Richmond, Calif. By: Robyn Gee As gun control remains near the to...
Whether children are inexcusably exposed to gun violence or chronically hungry or unable to access an early childhood education center, they are not being given a fair chance to succeed in America. And that, it seems, is not OK with the president.
While meaningful gun control legislation might not prevent another Newtown, it will dramatically decrease the likelihood of it. The real solution must be inclusive and not exclusive of any of the affected constituencies (aka all of us).
Given that I'm required to pass an exam to show I'm competent to drive my car, I feel I could and should be required to pass a similar competency test to own my guns. Unfortunately that level of regulation is not likely to happen any time soon.
Well-meaning, generally thoughtful politicians are actually proposing -- with straight faces -- that we put $50 million towards transforming schools into gulags. And why? So that the grownups can be free to stockpile weapons against tyranny.
The fiscal-cliff deal was far from perfect -- but don't sniff at a serious surrender from the GOP. ...
While Newt Gingrich represents much that has been wrong with the Republican party for the last 20 years -- and is as responsible as anyone for the extreme partisanship in Washington today -- he has clearly learned some lessons from the past.