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Newtown Elementary School Shooting

And Now -- Newtown

Allan Brawley | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics
Allan Brawley

As anyone with an iota of common sense and a modicum of integrity knows, the core problem is the ready availability of guns and our gutless politicians who are too intimidated by the gun lobby to do anything about it.

Shore as Shooting

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

This really has nothing to do with the Second Amendment, and certainly doesn't infringe on it. The Second Amendment doesn't say anything about what kind of "arms" we can bear. We are left, as a modern society with weapons unimagined in the days of our Founding Fathers, to figure that out for ourselves.

Protecting Other People's Children

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.16.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Few professional endeavors are more fraught with anxiety and danger than the work that makes us responsible for other people's children. Sandy Hook Elementary School is the latest scene of every educator's nightmare.

An Open Letter to My Children in a Town Not Far From Newtown

David Mednicoff | Posted 02.16.2013 | Crime
David Mednicoff

This is why your mom and I don't really like you to play with toy guns, and we definitely support laws that make it more difficult for people to have guns. Yet guns are not the only problem here. Sometimes people do really bad things.

An Open Letter to Michelle Obama: Protect the Children With Sensible Gun Control

Rabbi Amy Eilberg | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Rabbi Amy Eilberg

I challenge you to step up and make gun control your issue. Make this your signature campaign. Commit to using the tremendous social capital you command to convene the far-ranging coalition that is needed to support your husband and Congressional leaders in doing the needed policy work.

No One Is Safe: Tragedy in a Connecticut School

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Headlines like those that flooded the news on December 14th strike us at our very core. They point to our frailties and to the serious lack of control that we have over our children's lives. What we can do, however, is not succumb to the drama.

More Than Prayers for Sandy Hook

Tucker Reed | Posted 02.16.2013 | Crime
Tucker Reed

So, aside from gut-wrenching images of my hometown torn apart, we are forced to sit by and watch pundits and politicians question whether or not the cost of taking on the NRA and the assault weapons lobby is too great?

School Girl Who Played Dead: 'Mommy, I'm OK But All My Friends Are Dead'

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 12.17.2012 | Crime

When little children play "let's pretend," the stakes should never be so high. When killer Adam Lanza brought terror to Sandy Hook Elementary schoo...

Girls With Guns: Not Glam, Not Sexy and Not in My Name

Jill Di Donato | Posted 02.16.2013 | Women
Jill Di Donato

In the 1930s, chic French director Jean-Luc Godard declared, "All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl." Half a century later, a quick Internet search will turn up thousands of images that fetishize girls with guns.

Less About the We, More About the Us

Greg Jacobs | Posted 02.15.2013 | College
Greg Jacobs

I don't think that you really need to share, or rather over share your emotions via social media. I mean how far does advocating on Facebook really go? We all have been deeply saddened by recent events, why do you feel the need to spread how meaningful everything is to you?

Gun Control and Mental Health Funding -- If Not Now, When?

Kyle Hillman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Twenty children died Friday. Is that not enough to spark serious debate on curtailing military style weaponry and fully funding mental health services? If not, I ask how many children have to be shot in school before action is taken.

On Whether Media Overkill Plays a Role in Creating Shooting-Spree Incidents

Steve Kettmann | Posted 02.16.2013 | Media
Steve Kettmann

There can be no doubt that blanket media coverage of monstrosities like school shootings can have the effect of making additional such gruesome incidents more likely.

Shut Up and Have a Conversation

Ben Ritz | Posted 02.16.2013 | College
Ben Ritz

Whether you're a liberal who supports a big government or a conservative who supports a small one, we all can agree that one of the quintessential roles of that government is to keep us safe--and that it can do that job better.

And I Will Cry...

Heather Korol | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Heather Korol

I had to stop listening. I had to stop checking the updates. I had to step away from the onslaught of possible scenarios, reasons and speculations bec...

The Time Is Now: State by State Referendum on Gun Control

Ru Freeman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Ru Freeman

We cannot wait for national legislation. We must take our grief to the streets, state by state, neighborhood by neighborhood, door by door, voice by voice, until we create for ourselves, not the nation we bemoan but the culture we are proud to have created. It is time to vote.

Dadmissions: I Hugged My Kids

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

I couldn't stop thinking about the parents who dropped their kids off for school that morning. I couldn't stop thinking about the parents who got that call. Those parents, oh god.

Gun Violence Has Too Many Causes

Harlan Green | Posted 02.16.2013 | Crime
Harlan Green

Studies bear out that record income inequality, a poor social safety net and lax, almost nonexistent gun control laws all contribute to the U.S. record as the most gun violent culture in the world.

Newtown School Massacre: It's Time for a Cold, Hard Look at the NRA

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics
Ellen Freudenheim

The NRA, with its radical call for unfettered handgun ownership and its insistent promotion of on the myth that an armed society is a safe society, should be held accountable for fostering an unsafe public environment.

8 Ways Youth Can Support Newtown

Simone Bernstein | Posted 02.16.2013 | Teen
Simone Bernstein

People all over the world continue to send an outpouring of support to the community of Newtown. While teens may not have their own funds to contribute, there are many other ways to support this community in need.

When The Media Takes Over A Town Struck By Tragedy | Posted 02.16.2013 | Media

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Wolf Blitzer understands that his presence here is not appreciated by some local people, who wish that the TV satellite trucks, and ...

The Price of Our Freedom

George Lakoff | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
George Lakoff

Conservatives have argued that guns = freedom, and that there should be no limit on such freedom. The president trumped their argument: The price of not protecting the nations' children is too high. Permitting the mass murder of our children is not freedom.

Newtown Shootings: Social Media Delivers Insight Over Information

Danny Groner | Posted 02.14.2013 | Media
Danny Groner

To castigate social media for its faults in the first few hours of this story just means that you're missing the out on the greater good.

SLIDESHOW: Twitter Reacts To Obama's Newtown Vigil Speech

Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama spoke at a vigil on Sunday for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. "These tragedies must en...

Grieving Newtown: Seven Lessons In Healthy Sorrow

Greg Garrett | Posted 02.15.2013 | Religion
Greg Garrett

I've been asked to write about theology and violence after every recent mass shooting, and I am sick to death of doing so, but the Newtown shootings feel different to me.

Sam Stein

Obama Speaks At Sandy Hook Vigil | Sam Stein | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Speaking before an auditorium of grieving parents, community members and others there to mourn the killing of 20 first graders and six a...