When it is harder to obtain a library card than it is to buy a gun in this country, something is terribly wrong. I mean, would you let your neighbor drive 100 miles an hour in their car through your children's school zone?
In the midst of Boston, in the wake of Sandy Hook, in the aftermath of Colorado, the United States Senate took a pass on saving future lives.
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.
Before the bombings, there were shootings. After the bombings, there'll be more shootings. This one was taped pre-Boston. For all the victims of viole...
Why in heaven's name did we stay on the sidelines; why not share our grief and our tragedy as a warning to everyone that losing a child to senseless gun violence is indescribable? As the saying goes "I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy."
It is truly incredible to see women everywhere -- mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, aunts and daughters -- speaking up and speak out. We will never forget Newtown. We will never "get over" Newtown. And we have really long attention spans. Are you listening, Congress?
To trust the common man with the right to keep and bear arms is emblematic of the kind of nation we intended ourselves to be, a democracy in which governance is in the purview of that same man.
This well-meaning program is a serious mistake for two reasons. First, it is no more than a politically correct, cosmetic solution that distracts attention from what really needs to be done. Second, it will likely wind up doing much more harm than good.
It's a shame that a party can get away with opposing something that has majority support, let alone 90 percent, but that's where we are with the GOP today. Most of these Republicans are blinded by the fear that they'll face a primary challenge if they buck the fringe of their vocal base.
Am I overprotective? Absolutely. Do I feel bad for judging "those" parents for caring too much? You bet.
In the months since the Sandy Hook massacre, a new and unwelcome kind of moment has entered my life. A moment when the absolute joy I feel watching my son giggle or sing or run happily across the playground abruptly shifts to a deep sorrow and an aching fear.
As individuals, we are responsible for our choices, especially the choice to kill. But something in our collective heart appears diseased. We cling to guns, it seems, more tightly than we cling to God.
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.
What are we grandparents and parents today going to say to our children and grandchildren if we are asked 'What did we do in the aftermath of the massacre of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT'?
Our communities have lost too many young, innocent lives to violence. As a nation, we are responsible for doing whatever it takes to protect our children from this public health epidemic. Strong, decisive action is needed in Washington, D.C., to address this crisis.
The most important instrument we have for formulating and controlling everyday action -- our imagination -- has been off-loaded to screens and boxes with industrial abandon. This is the underpinning of our cinematic culture and it sustains the abuse of guns.