Safe means that you are being your best self and living the life you've imagined even in the face of uncertainty. It means that you are being kind and brave -- to yourself and to others -- even if you are afraid. Even when you don't know what's going to happen next.
Americans, in time of such great tragedy, can be truly awe-inspiring in their unity and resolve. But is that enough? Is it enough to belt out the national anthem for a few days and then return to business as usual?
Leaders of the Abrahamic faith traditions can do what others cannot. Firm in the belief that human life is sacred, that right is distinct from might and that justice is a supreme value, we call on Americans not to give up on background checks and other sensible restrictions on guns.
I'm offering an amendment to the Senate's gun violence prevention measure that would ban high-capacity magazines, a common-sense proposal that a majority of Americans support. Passing this amendment is not only the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do.
It's true that no single change will stop every incident of gun violence. But that's a call to do more, not less. Gun rights and gun control are not mutually exclusive positions.
Another filibuster and another headline for Rand Paul. The junior senator from Kentucky seems to be on a roll. First there was his attention-grabbing filibuster of America's drone policy, and now he is threatening the same on gun control.
Reporting by Chantell Williams Mental health advocates want the link between violence and people who are mentally ill to disappear. After the school s...
Many feel the town won't let them get "back to normal." The ubiquitous use of the word "healing" is getting under people's skin. Folks say they wish it would all go away so they could move on. At one time, I might have jumped on this bandwagon. Recently, I've come to see it differently.
The psychological and emotional toll of gun violence on bystanders, victims, and families can be overwhelming and leaves effects that last for years. What about the costs we can count? In addition to the trauma that is so deep and pervasive that it is harder to quantify, there are actual costs to gun violence that can be measured and are enormous.
Many legal cases, with closed books due to settlement, document cases of suicides and homicides in individuals who had not been violent prior to taking medication, and often they were newly prescribed or on an increased dose.
As we wrestle with the very serious issues raised by the tragedy in Newtown, I think that we can all agree on one thing: there is not just one solution to this problem, or one answer to the question of "What now?"
I question Wayne LaPierre's underlying assumption that armed civilians are competent enough in crisis scenarios to ward off or kill an attacker. Though the scenario plays out in virtually every western and action film ever made, good guys stopping bad guys with guns is a rare occurrence.
No issue is more integral to us all than the future of America's children, and the opportunities that our society gives them to succeed. The senseless violence affecting children in America today is abhorrent.
If we are to evaluate our success as a nation based, at least in part, by our children's well-being, we ought to pay closer attention to what ails them emotionally, and to create a safe environment at home, at school and in the community they depend on to thrive.
No single woman leader, even one with as compelling a story as Gabby Giffords, can shift the direction of this debate alone. It will take women like the mothers of Newtown, and organizations like One Million Moms for Gun Control led by Shannon Watts, and more.
Gun control and restrictions on ownership are a political decision left to elected officials, not constitutional principles.