We should not let ourselves become dulled by this horror because wisdom will carry the day in the end. We should pray for those wounded and killed and killed, knowing that the good fight for sensible gun legislation will continue.
The Navy Yard. The Farmers Market. The Second Amendment... ...
The response to Professor Guth's statement demonstrates once again that Second Amendment zealots believe that the amendment supersedes everything else in the Constitution. His attack on the NRA may have been unnecessarily provocative, but it was protected by the First Amendment.
In the wake of a mass shooting, the National Rifle Association goes silent as its members and fans spew insults they learned from the movie Mean Girls...
When it comes to dealing with a vestige of our wild and rugged colonial and frontier history that way too often makes today's streets and offices and theaters and universities, and even elementary schools, look like the aftermath at the OK Corral, something has to change.
With yet another mass shooting to ponder, let's please not bother to talk about gun control. Though it might be worth it to ask ourselves why we are such a violent nation.
At this critical time, we must re-open the dialogue on gun control. Now is the moment to take action and enact meaningful reform. The tools the ATF needs to prevent gun violence exist, but we're keeping them locked away.
As more facts emerge in the aftermath of the horrific Navy Yard shooting, issues relating to guns, mental illness and access to sensitive locations by armed unstable individuals have resurfaced.
Why aren't the number of non-gun suicides lower in high gun states? If the effect of guns on the suicide rate is just a matter of being a convenient means then gun suicide should replace non-gun suicide in many cases.
The successful recall of two Colorado state senators due to a campaign spearheaded by the National Rifle Association and other gun rights organizations sent a shockwave through Colorado that reverberated across the entire nation.
The NRA and key GOP congressional leader's response to President Obama's new round of unilateral executive orders on gun control was as predictable as the sun rising in the Sahara Desert in August.
They didn't stop that war and invent new religion just to end up watching "The Simpsons," reading "Doonesbury" and blogging on Facebook. Is that what the boomer generation is going to be remembered for? Just a single burst of youthful idealism, then a quick fade to the back?
The fact is that the initial sale of a gun is almost always legal. It's at the point where the owner faces criminal charges or mental challenges that the issue of legality gets muddled.
Is the human race determined to snuff itself out through mass violence? There are many signs that it is.
Is the United States of America a country where guns come before books? Arming teachers represents a major step in advancing our cultural arms escalation. Consider: Teachers aren't "supposed to be" soldiers or law enforcement officers.
Seeing what a feral hog hunt actually looks like, and knowing that he's a cheerful promoter as well as participant, Nugent's "joke" about gunning down "South Central" residents now has a dark visual resonance.