They say when you have kids, everything changes. It has. During my first school shooting, I was a baby myself. This time around, I have two of my own little babies. And it all just hits too close to home.
Police can patrol schoolyards and meteorologists can monitor the atmosphere, but we cannot always prevent disaster. We can only react well to restore safety, and be prepared.
Talk of elementary schools as "soft targets" and making them "harder targets" or having more "boots on the ground" is everywhere in the media. Saner voices are promoting a restorative justice approach to school safety that aims at the school culture and seeks through mediation to build relationships.
Santa Claus was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery after being posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and the Medal of Freedom for his "valiant courage in the fight for Christmas" by a somewhat reluctant President Obama, who rolled his eyes twice during the ceremony.
Guns are a public health problem, plain and simple. As pediatricians, this is patently obvious to us -- which is why we could not understand why the state of Florida wanted to ban pediatricians from even talking about firearm safety in the exam room.
Let us do something different this time. Let us craft a plan that reduces, not increases, the numbers of guns in our schools. Let us open a discussion about better awareness of, and less fear and stigma of, mental illness, so that we don't isolate individuals who have the potential for this kind of violence.
In their embrace of absolute doctrine without regard to the facts on the ground, the anti-tax and pro-gun movements have contributed to the undermining of democratic society. Both stances refuse dialog and disdain compromise.
With the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I am praying that we have reached a cultural tipping point to be solution-oriented to reduce the pos...
If those beholden to the NRA want guns without restriction, I say put it to a vote. If my right as a gay man to marry is decided by my neighbors, let's see a show of hands for how we feel as a nation on the right to bear arms. Fair is fair, right?
If you had told my mother, who I believe would have laid down her life to protect any child, to carry a gun as part of her teaching duties, she would have walked out the door and never come back. If schools must be protected, then do so. But don't do it by turning teachers into weapons.
It is clear the NRA is entrenched and refuses to join the nation in reassessing our relationship with firearms. So the rest of us must do so. Those little children and the brave educators in Newtown deserve better. We, as Americans, deserve better.
The linchpin for gun reform, and for progress on just about every other problem facing our country, is fundamentally changing the way Washington works by getting control of the money that is corrupting our politics and elections.
There were 114 gun deaths in America in the seven days following Sandy Hook, according to the Twitter feed @GunDeaths. What we need to do if we wish to dramatically reduce such horrific incidents is change beliefs, not behaviors.
My first job out of college was in Bakersfield, Calif., far from the Northeast where I was born and raised.
The second amendment allows us the right to bear arms. Nowhere in that amendment does it state the necessity for assault rifles and large-capacity clips. These are weapons of mass destruction, designed for war. No individual needs to own or possess one.
Much of the time prayers are made not to receive an answer or a blessing or to have a wish fulfilled, but rather to help people cope with despair as they turn to their faith for comfort, and pray for the strength to carry on.