The NRA is trying to have it both ways: they say that the mental health system needs to be "fixed" -- but they don't want doctors to be able to close a gap in mental health treatment simply through asking appropriate questions and using common sense.
This week we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as we prepare to mark the one-year anniversary of the massacre of school children in Sandy Hook.
If black men are more likely to be murdered by a gun and the paragon of safety from gun violence is more guns, then the obvious solution to solve the problem of black-on-black crime is to make sure that all black men own guns and are trained to use them properly.
Dorn recommended more armed guards, and here is where we disagree. Two factors need to be addressed when considering these options: the financial aspect and the psychological one.
Lee Harvey Oswald buys his rifle through the NRA's American Rifleman magazine. Fifty years later, the magazine marks the anniversary by offering a "Historic NRA Exclusive Offer" hawking silver JFK half dollars issued after his assassination.
It is naïve to think we can talk about the forces shaping the socialization of boys and men (and girls and women) and not include a thoughtful discussion about the role of mega-popular video games like C.O.D.
Many people put a great amount of energy into their hobbies, people with deep resentments about things they cannot change displace their hostility into the channel they can find, and companies with a financial interest pour resources into the advancement whatever they profit from.
America's love affair with guns has now reached a zenith (or a nadir, depending on how you look at it), wherein no amount of carnage seems to be able to change our basic fondness for owning guns.
Nobody denies that guns are dangerous; nobody denies that when a gun gets into the wrong hands, a serious accident may take place. But the NRA wants you to believe that physicians are the enemy when it comes to talking about guns.
Yes, we certainly need more regulations and oversight over who can buy a gun, what guns are acceptable for public ownership, and when and where they can be carried.
The debate over assault weapons rages on, with both sides of the issue hardening positions with each event. But amid the high-decibel back and forth, one voice is curiously silent: the companies that make a profit by putting these weapons on our streets.
Well, it turns out that the unofficial mantra of the National Rifle Association (NRA) carries a degree of validity. Guns don't shoot and kill people. Dogs do.
While it used to be the conservatives who proposed new mandatory sentences for every crime du jour, in Democratic Illinois, it's the left-leaning policymakers who are agitating for the new gun law. What the heck is going on in the Land of Lincoln?
Insurrectionist rhetoric might work well in marketing firearms to civilians on the far right wing of American politics. But with police chiefs and generals? Not so much.
Republicans are seeking to take credit for piecemeal restoration of particular federal services -- ranging from the parks to NIH research to food stamps -- they think will be particularly popular in their districts, protecting them from constituent backlash against the furloughs and service cut-backs.
On September 16, 2013 there was yet another mass shooting in America. It seems like this one, just as the Newtown and Aurora shootings, was ignored by...