This week, several of our reporters consider the past, present and future of gun control measures in the wake of December's mass shooting in Newtown. Sam Stein takes us back to the political fallout of the 1994 assault weapons ban, Howard Fineman interviews NRA president David Keene, and Christina Wilkie spotlights a non-profit that has backed a flurry of lawsuits designed to expand gun rights.
One hundred ten days out from the massacre of twenty children and six educators at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut joins Colorado, and New York in enacting comprehensive anti-gun violence laws.
On Friday I attended an exhibit opening for a young artist who has schizophrenia. If only President Obama could have attended, because events like these would go a long way toward decreasing the stigma surrounding those with mental illness.
How shallow do they think I am? I would trade my money, my fame, my reputation and legacy if there were the slightest chance of preventing the anguish of another Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, or Sandy Hook Elementary School. I ask you, truly, what manner of human being would not?
Who does the National Rifle Association think should be entrusted to chart the course for school safety in the wake of Newtown? The answer is as predictable as it is galling: the NRA. With this bizarrely counter-intuitive assertion as a launching point, what's next?
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.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took much heat from some Democrats and gun control advocates for in effect dumping provisions for restarting the ban...
How do we decide which types of violent entertainments are appropriate and which are gratuitous and glorifying? As with most difficult issues, context is key.
I come from a long line of military vets and war heroes. I am no stranger to the concept of baring arms, fighting for freedom or protecting property. What is strange to me is the fact that people do not seem to respect fire arms or their purpose.
Those calling for change after recent shootings have done remarkably little soul-searching about the education system that allowed such a disturbed individual to wander through its hallways speaking little and avoiding eye contact, apparently completely ignored.
I was heading up the 405 freeway here in Los Angeles to pick up my daughter from school and decided to check-in with my mom in Florida to see how her day was and what was new.
Team 26 is wearing Sandy Hook green jerseys that Rider #26 Chris McDonnell added the words and symbols: Hope, Peace, Love. This is all part of the Newtown Effect, and the message continues to spread.
Creating scapegoats is not without its hazards to the perpetrators or community at large.
On Wednesday, March 13, the day before the three-month anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown, I will travel to Washington, DC, and join mothers from more than 30 states for Moms Take the Hill Day.
Because the wounds are invisible, we may be certain that a staggering majority of PTSD victims suffer their private agonies in complete isolation -- unnoticed and untreated, often defying help when it is offered.