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'We Are Doing Something About It' -- How 3 Detroit High School Seniors Are Fighting Illegal Gun Violence

Jessica Mindich | Posted 02.09.2016 | Crime
Jessica Mindich

Someone dies from gun violence every 16 minutes in America. YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT is a series of frank interviews with passionate men and ...

I Am Doing Something About It... Meet Byron Bigelow

Jessica Mindich | Posted 01.29.2016 | Crime
Jessica Mindich

Someone dies from gun violence every 16 minutes in America.

You Can Do Something About It

Jessica Mindich | Posted 01.22.2016 | Crime
Jessica Mindich

In the days after San Bernardino we were back to pointing fingers of blame instead of taking a long hard look in the mirror and asking what we can do as individuals and as a society to make it stop.

A Newtowner's Perspective: What We Can Do to Bypass Future Events Like Sandy Hook

Andrea Anderson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Good News
Andrea Anderson

I wrote this a few years back shortly after our Sandy Hook/ Newtown incident on 12/14. I held onto the article, but recently, after spending a co...

Let's Not Shelter in Place Anymore

Susan B. Katz | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Susan B. Katz

Students everywhere across this country -- even in the wealthiest of communities -- have regular shelter in place drills to prepare for a potential gunman on campus or as a result of bomb threats. What is our country coming to?

President Obama's Tears Should Be Celebrated

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Janine Francolini

For Obama to not cry would be an indication of a much worse reality -- that we have forgotten the value of human life. A few months ago, after the shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, Obama said, "We've become numb to this."

On Navigating Life In These Flimsy 'Earthly Tents'

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 12.18.2015 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

As the anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown has come and gone again this past week, I have been looking back at a moment that was so horrific I was certain it would change things. Three years later, things seem even worse.

The War at Home: Four Ways Good Faith Can Help Defeat ISIS

David Briggs | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

What much research proposes, and history also teaches, is that democracy flourishes when we start with the idea that all people are created equal, and endowed with certain inalienable rights.

Countdown to the Solstice: Remembering Newtown With Meaningful Action

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Today, we make space for sacred reflection, as it has been three years since that unthinkable, chilling day in Newtown, Connecticut, where senseless violence took so many innocent lives. On this day, we open our hearts and remember.

Washington's Horrible Mental Health Legislation

Leah Harris | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Leah Harris

There is no question that America's mental health care system is in dire need of an overhaul. But the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act" (H.R. 2646), introduced by Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA), represents the worst, most regressive possible direction for reform.

Schools Can Help to End the Tragedy of Gun Violence

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Here's one thing we know about school shooters; they don't seem to like school. Even the young men who shoot up movie theaters, Army bases, and workplaces don't seem to like school. So perhaps schools are where we really can do something.

Active Shooter Protocols Cannot Prevent School Shootings

Jonathan J. Doll, PhD | Posted 10.12.2015 | Education
Jonathan J. Doll, PhD

Currently, the largest national prescription for school shooting prevention happens to be active shooter training. Everyone wants to be prepared. And we should be. Just like we need to be prepared for all types of disasters, manmade or natural.

The NRA Requires More Background Checks for its Employees Than for Gun Owners

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

The NRA is doing all it can to make it easier for practically anyone to get anything from a revolver to a high-capacity, semi-automatic weapon without having to suffer the indignity of a background check.

Does Dr. Ben Carson Have a Good Plan for Gun Control?

John A. Tures | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The newly anointed front-runner for the Republican Party also has a new idea for gun control. But is it a good idea? Would it have stopped the Oregon killer, or even the South Carolina shooter? And would fellow Republicans embrace it?

The Enduring Lesson of Victoria Soto

Robert F. Walsh | Posted 09.10.2015 | Education
Robert F. Walsh

One lesson in particular has been in development since December 14, 2012. It's embodied in the grand opening of the new Victoria Soto School in her hometown of Stratford, Connecticut.

Good Guys With Guns?

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
B. Jeffrey Madoff

Good guys stopping bad guys is a myth perpetuated in movies and television. The best chance of stopping a bad guy with a gun is good policy that makes it tougher to get one.

Swatting, But Not at Flies

Pia de Jong | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Pia de Jong

Today my kids learn to deal with equally senseless attacks and murderous individuals. Once again, the vocabulary of measurement is dusted off. They practice the difference between Code Red, Code Green, and Code Yellow, and the instructions Lockdown, Closedown, Closed Campus and Shelter-in-Place.

Should We Be Blaming the Aurora Theater Shooter's Parents?

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

When inexplicable tragedies happen, we seek to find an avenue for blame. If we can establish blame, we can establish cause. If we can establish cause, then, maybe, we can find a way to keep it from happening again.

Gun Violence Is a Moral Problem

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

As a rabbi, I am enraged not at guns but at the casual violence afflicting our country, and the way we have grown immune to it. I do not accept the NRA's claim that "guns are not the problem," but I do agree that guns are not the main problem. This is a moral crisis, and it requires a moral response.

Treat, Don't Traumatize

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

It's not enough to simply stop unjustly and disproportionately imprisoning the mentally ill. We need better care. Mental health providers must acknowledge and work to reduce the risk of traumatization during the treatment process.

Families Of Two Newtown Victims Sue Town And School Board

AP | Dave Collins | Posted 01.13.2015 | Crime

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Families of two of the 20 first-graders killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are suing the town of Newtown and ...

Dana Liebelson

Sandy Hook Charities Find Generosity Of Strangers No Relief From Tough Choices

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The outpouring began within hours of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School two years ago, which killed 20 first-graders and ...

Why They Attack Schools

Michael Roth | Posted 02.15.2015 | College
Michael Roth

Why are schools and universities the scenes of such violence? Is it because schools, with all their problems, remain for us places of hope and optimism?

Do Mass Shootings Like Newtown Actually Reduce Support for Gun Control?

John A. Tures | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The increased demand for more gun rights predates the election of President Barack Obama. Sure gun control support increased as the overall crime rate fell in the 1990s, but also fell as the crime rate continued to decline in the following decade.

Newtown -- Two Years Later

Shannon Watts | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact
Shannon Watts

When people discuss school shootings, what immediately comes to mind are those like Sandy Hook that shatter entire communities within minutes, even seconds. And yes, mass shootings take a devastating toll, but they are not the only senseless acts of gun violence that threaten our schools.