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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 | 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.

Sandy Hook Gave Me Perspective: God Bless Our Mess

Liesl Testwuide | Posted 02.11.2015 | Parents
Liesl Testwuide

I walked back into the room of my youngest child, just 8, crawled under his covers, bruised my butt on a light saber and closed my eyes. I prayed for all the families in Newtown, CT, and humbly gave thanks for receiving the gift of more time on this earth to relish the disarray of being the mother of three boys.

Five Reasons the NRA Is Losing, Two Years After Newtown

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Two years ago this Sunday, 20 children and six educators were brutally gunned down in Newtown, Connecticut, the town where I grew up. Our nation rightfully has not been able to forget that day. Nor have we stopped fighting for effective policies that would dramatically reduce gun death and injury.

The Gun Lobby and the Cross Lobby, Two Years Later

Rev. Gary R. Hall | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Gary R. Hall

In the past two years, there have been 95 additional school shootings. Another 60,000 Americans have died by gun violence. Is the cross lobby no match for the gun lobby?

In Newtown, Mental Health Problems Still Emerging

AP | PAT EATON-ROBB | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse — two years after the massacre at Sandy Ho...

Sandy Hook Principal's Daughter Remembers the Last Day She Saw Her Mother

Erica Lafferty | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Erica Lafferty

This year, I ask you all to honor my mother's life with action. I ask you all to take one small step to honor her, and all of the others whose lives were taken far too soon by gun violence.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Almost 100 School Shootings Have Occurred Since Newtown | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 100 school shootings have occurred in the two years since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a report rel...

Here's How You Can Honor The Newtown Victims

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 12.08.2014 | Crime

This Sunday marks the two-year anniversary of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and community organize...

More Time for Marysville-Pilchuck

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 01.14.2015 | Crime
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Andrew Fryberg died November 7th at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, two weeks after being shot in the head by his cousin, Jaylen Fryberg, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

A Rudder for the Rudderless

Jonathan J. Doll, PhD | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Jonathan J. Doll, PhD

If you haven't seen the masterful William H. Macy movie, Rudderless, you need to. And if you have seen it and are wrestling with something please read on. Moreover, if you felt there was a lack somewhere, anywhere, consider how to find the composure to read on.