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Mass Shootings

Don't Let Background Check Failure Be the Lesson of Lafayette

Mike Weisser | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

We have a problem in this country called gun violence and we're not going to solve it by 'fixing' a registration system that hasn't changed in more than 20 years; it's not going to be solved by putting the discussion off for another day; and it's certainly not going to be solved by asking every law-abiding citizen to walk around with a gun.

Another Week, Another Mass Shooting

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.25.2015 | Crime
Lev Raphael

Every time there's a mass shooting like the one in the Louisiana movie theater, we see opinion pieces engaged in soul-searching -- but repeated efforts at gun control have failed miserably for decades and they'll keep failing no matter how much anguish we suffer.

When Will Mental Health Services Become A Priority?

Deborah De Santis | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

This past January, I wrote 2015 must be the year America addresses its mental health crisis. The circumstances surrounding yesterday's tragic shooting...

Week to Week News Quiz for 7/17/15

John Zipperer | Posted 07.17.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Put away your drachmas and plane tickets to Tehran, and take our latest Week to Week news quiz to see how much you know about the week's big events. ...

One Man is Crowdfunding an End to Gun Violence

NationSwell | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact

Gun By Gun has crowdsourced more than $80,000, using the money to collect more than 750 guns in four cities over the course of five campaigns to end gun violence.

Gun Sale Background Check 'Breakdown' by NRA Design

John Rosenthal | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
John Rosenthal

Major media outlets are referring to this situation as a "breakdown" in the background check system, but let's be honest and call this what it is: it's an NRA-designed loophole to undermine law enforcement's ability to restrict gun sales.

What We Don't Know About Gun Laws Hurts Us

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

In the wake of horrific tragedies in Charleston and Sandy Hook, our national conversation persistently returns to guns, but goes nowhere. Why? In part, I think, because we have ignored a fundamental truth: most Americans think lots of 'common-sense' gun rules are already law.

The President Sings Amazing Grace: A Song About "Our Nation's Original Sin"

Derek Flood | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

Amazing Grace is a song about one man's real and ugly sin. The sin of slavery. At the same time it is a song about the power of forgiveness, a song about looking into the depths of very real evil and, even there, especially there, finding grace that is bigger than all the hate.

Conservative Legislation Provides Support for Gun Control

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The NRA and many gun advocates argue that background checks and registering guns won't work because criminals will still get their guns. Yet it is many of these same conservatives that support voter ID laws despite the fact that criminals will still find ways to commit voter fraud.

They Did Not Fear Him

Kathleen Mayer | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Mayer

They did not fear him, did not stop him at the door to say "can I help you?" in that way that means "why are you here? I don't trust you." They let him come all the way up to the front and sit by the pastor. In their church.

Let's Be Honest About Race, America

Walker Bragman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman

We live in a society plagued by racial division, where the instigating half of the population actively ignores and denies the problem--evidenced by the slew of high-profile Republicans and FOX News pundits calling the Emanuel AME Church shooting "an attack on religious liberty."

Sam Stein

The View From The White House As A Mass Shooting Unfolds | Sam Stein | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the morning of December 14, 2012, as news trickled in painfully slowly about a shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, aides...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

With the nation mourning the victims of the Charleston church massacre and observing the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the June 16th commemoration of slave emancipation, there's no better time to confront the toxic influences of racism and easy access to guns that came together this week. "We can't accept events like this as routine," said President Obama. Actually, that was what he said after Newtown, several mass shootings ago. This time the president was, rightfully, angrier and wearier. "I've had to make statements like this too many times," he said, noting that "at some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries." That reckoning should happen now -- right now -- even as the Confederate flag continues to shamefully fly at full mast above the South Carolina state house.

Other Nations Change Gun Laws After Massacres. Why Not America?

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 06.20.2015 | World

Every week The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving world headlines. This time, we speak with Harvard professor Dr. David Hemenwa...

American Dream Disturbed

Amardeep Kaleka | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Amardeep Kaleka

I know my father died a hero. Even after being shot multiple times, he courageously fought off the gunman, saving many, including my mother, at the expense of his own life. He defended the temple he founded, and this house of worship is the gift he left to us and his grandchildren. Just like Felicia Sanders. She sacrificed her body to cover and shield her young granddaughter, as her son, Tywanza, tried to talk down the gunman.

Racism and Gun Violence Are Killing Us, Literally

James Zogby | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

When the U.S.' murder rate and mass shooting rates are stacked up against the rest of the world, it becomes clear that we not only have a problem -- we have a sickness -- and it is killing us, literally. And yet we go from mass killing to mass killing, numb for a day, and then we move on.

Mandate Gun Safety Laws Now

Michelle Kraus | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Nothing makes slaughter right. Nothing explains gun violence. Hate is hate -- plain and simple whenever or wherever it strikes.

Glock Pistol Used in Church Massacre a Favorite of Mass Shooters

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The dominance of semiautomatic pistols has greatly increased the firepower in civilian hands. Not only are semiautomatic pistols capable of rapid fire, they utilize high-capacity ammunition magazines and can be quickly reloaded. The combination of these features makes semiautomatic pistols efficient killing machines.

Charleston Shooting: Pray for Courage, Not Serenity, to Deal with Guns

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Rather than succumbing to another mean-spirited non-conversation about mental illness, fraught with misinformation and stigmatization, let's have some real talk about America's addiction to guns.

No, the Charleston Shooting Wasn't 'Unimaginable'

Jeri Bonavia | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Jeri Bonavia

The fact is, this racially charged mass shooting -- in one of America's oldest African American churches -- was entirely predictable. The danger signs were flashing. Unless we stop making it ludicrously easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns, these killings will continue.

Don't Let The Charleston Shooting Be Lost In The 24-Hour News Cycle

Shannon Watts | Posted 06.18.2015 | Media
Shannon Watts

As soon as I heard about the mass killing of nine worshipers at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church, my heart broke -- again. Yet another gunman, yet another place that should be safe from violence, even more families shattered. No more Charlestons. No more Newtowns, Auroras or Isla Vistas. Not one more.

Antonia Blumberg

Historic Black Church Attacked In Charleston Had Deep Roots In Civil Rights, Abolition | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where a shooting left nine people dead Wednesday night, has a history of civ...

Faith Community Rallies Around Charleston Church After Shooting

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla & Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion

At about 10 p.m. on Wednesday night, Senior Bishop John R. Bryant received news of a tragic shooting that would send shock waves through the African M...

Our Silence Is Helping Hatred Breed

Phu Nguyen | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Phu Nguyen

Speak up, act up, demand change, teach our youth to be kind and empathetic, yet strong enough to be allies to those who fight on a daily basis things they don't have to endure. Do it all to exhaustion... and then do it some more.

Shootings In Places Of Worship Have An Extensive Recent History

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion

Wednesday's massacre at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, is the latest in a tragic series of shootings in places of worship ...