The Hunger Games is a riveting portrayal of how the young see the modern world, where a privileged elite has a "Stalin-like" control over who lives in plenty or poverty in a post-apocalyptic North America. The young just coming of age are not far from the truth.
This life is a very precious gift from God. It holds infinite possibilities, and can become a fountain of joy and happiness. The role of education is to nurture human values in children so that they are able to make life a celebration, not a tragedy.
Our choices are not either to shoot back or cower in the corner, which seems to be the limit of the pop-culture debate. A sense of empowerment does not require being armed; it requires being present and aware.
The whole focus on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as the cornerstones of the agenda is still a compromise to gun owners and the NRA that they won't ever accept anyway. So why stop there?
President Obama should be applauded for taking quick action to reduce the plague of gun violence in America in the wake of Sandy Hook. It will take strong and persistent leadership from the White House to get Congress to act on any of his proposals.
Save the Children has not been involved in the gun control issue in the past -- our work has focused on providing education, health and emergency relief services to children and families living in poverty in the United States and around the world -- but in the aftermath of Newtown, we are taking action.
Let's not allow mental illness to be further stigmatized by events like the Newtown tragedy, nor to distract us from the solutions that are closer at hand. It's a lot faster, easier, and cheaper to reduce the number of assault weapons in circulation.
The path forward to reduce the bloodshed is clear. To end gun violence in New York City, the State Legislature must next take up microstamping and background checks on gun dealers, measures that would truly impact the supply side of this crisis.
The New York Daily News, which has hammered on the NRA repeatedly in the wake of the Newtown massacre (it called NRA executive vice president Wayne La...
Like most Americans, I've spent the last few years reading stories about mass shootings in one part of the country or another, each more horrific than the last.
Why do surveys show that a majority of Americans support common sense gun control measures, and yet our legislators rarely pass them?
My mind is still on the Connecticut school shootings, particularly because of something a close friend of mine shared with me. She told me that her eleven-year-old grandson wrote a letter to President Obama about the shootings.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced legislation, (NY SAFE ACT), to give New York State the most comprehensive gun laws in the nation, which will keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous mental health patients and ban high capacity magazines and assault weapons.
CNN host Piers Morgan was never in danger of deportation. Yet, as ridiculous as the petition was, the very notion that any American would demand his deportation for expressing his views on an issue of public concern is disturbing.
Just as prosecuting those who lied on their gun permit applications might deter them from future criminal activity, so might the brokers of Wall Street and the bankers be deterred, were some of them to spend some time in prison.
I'm the guy who writes about pop culture. It's been my MO for over a decade. I'll write about Chewbacca one day, and interview a band the next. That's...