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California Mass Shooting Victims' Families File Lawsuit

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2015 | Crime

By Curtis Skinner March 2 (Reuters) - The families of three victims slain during a southern California rampage last year that left dea...

News Today Is Gone Tomorrow

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 09.22.2014 | Los Angeles
Linnie Frank Bailey

We no longer have news; instead, we have trends. And, one thing we can be sure of -- what is trending today, no matter how earth-shattering or horrifi...

Santa Barbara Shooter's Father: 'We Have to Stop This'

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 06.27.2014 | Crime

The father of Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger has penned an open letter calling for an end to mass shootings. Peter Rodger's letter, which was ...

Please Help Our Boys

Samantha Kurtzman-Counter | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Samantha Kurtzman-Counter

"The country has to do some soul searching about this. This is becoming the norm and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying ...

Gun Control: Getting Taken In by a Wedge Issue

Michael Goldstein | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Michael Goldstein

Decrying those who don't agree with our solution doesn't lead to change. It contributes to polarization, putting gun owners on the defensive in a way that makes it harder for moderates among them to join us in the little that could actually be done via a gun-control policy.

Guns, Cars and Too Much Liberty

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Barron H. Lerner

As someone who has now personally experienced a tragic, unnecessary death, I worry that the banner of libertarianism too often drowns out rational, middle-of-the road approaches to genuine harms. It is hard to imagine anyone who has lost a relative or dear friend in such a manner to see such innocent deaths as the price of doing business. Indeed, it is downright chilling to suggest this.

The Boys in the Back Room

Jessica Shattuck | Posted 08.10.2014 | Women
Jessica Shattuck

In the wake of the Santa Barbara killings and the recent revelations about sexual misconduct cases on college campuses, it seems embarrassing that certain anachronistic Ivy League clubs continue to operate under their ancient status quo.

Lessons from Santa Barbara: Why We Need a Long-Term Approach to Ending Violence

Nicholas Covino | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Nicholas Covino

The topic of mental health and the importance of mental healthcare need to be a regular part of the national conversation, not one that is only relevant for the few weeks after a tragedy.

Stop Misappropriating Tragedy

Melody Moezzi | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime
Melody Moezzi

Why? It's the first thing people want to know when tragedy strikes. Why us? Why here? Why now? Why this? Perhaps if we know the cause of a given tragedy, then we can prevent similar ones from happening in the future.

Dear NRA: My Country Is Proof That Reducing Guns Reduces Deaths

Andrew Leigh | Posted 04.13.2016 | Home
Andrew Leigh

Australia's gun buyback program reduced the country's firearms stock by about one-fifth, which is equivalent to the U.S. reducing its national stock by 40 million guns. And while some weapons came from households with multiple firearms, survey evidence suggests that the buyback nearly halved the share of Australian households with one or more firearms.

Father Of UCSB Victim: People Should Feel Sorry For Shooter's Parents

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 06.02.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Richard Martinez lost his son to Elliot Rodger's spree of violence near the University of California, Santa Barbara, on May 23, but he knows he isn't ...

Why Aren't We Doing More to Keep Women Safe From Gun Violence?

Shannon Watts | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Shannon Watts

It's time for women and mothers to ask their elected leaders "Who do you side with, me or the NRA?"

Kate Van Dellen: Why I Opted for an Engagement Without the Ring

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Kate Van Dellen

Even the commercials where the man "gets the girl" by giving her something sparkly to wear imprints a message that women can be purchased.

12 Reasons We Need #YesAllWomen

Nile Cappello | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Nile Cappello

Because I'm more scared of riding the subway, walking home at night or leaving work after dark alone than I am of cancer, a heart attack or old age.

Competing Media Frames After the Santa Barbara Shootings: Which Narrative 'Wins?'

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 07.29.2014 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

What does it say that our first response to these now all-too-common massacres is that the perpetrator is a "madman?" How does that frame influence immediate news coverage? How does it portray the mentally ill? How does it ignore other issues, such as misogyny and objectification of women?

Despite Firearms Database, Police Didn't Know College Killer Had Guns

Reuters | Posted 08.01.2014 | Crime

May 31 (Reuters) - Authorities did not know that Elliot Rodger, whose shooting rampage left six dead and more than a dozen injured in a California c...

Sabrina Siddiqui

The House Finally Voted For Something That Would Improve Background Checks | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a measure that would boost funding for the nation's background checks system, less tha...

What Do I Tell My Children? Parenting in Scary and Unthinkable Times

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

My wife texted my on Monday that there had been a shooting a few miles from our house on Sunday night. We don't have shootings where we live. Now we do.

Advocate for Women's Rights Inspired by High School Activism

Global Kids | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

It was through the training that we did at Global Kids that I was able to feel confident and comfortable in myself enough to know that I could push the issue without it being seen as salacious.

Buy a Gun, Be a God

Mark Morford | Posted 05.28.2014 | Crime
Mark Morford

Again with the mad rush to explain. Again with the desperate need to try and figure out why an intelligent, privileged white kid from one of America's...

UC Santa Barbara Students To Media: 'News Crews Go Home!'

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 05.28.2014 | Media

As thousands of students continue to come together to grieve the loss of six lives in the mass shooting near the University of California, Santa Barba...

Joe The Plumber (an Auto Union Member) Might Become the Next Cliven Bundy If Republicans Deem Him a Liability

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Joe The Plumber should realize that one wrong move -- a slip of the tongue, or perhaps even his real thoughts on race or American history -- could result in abandonment by the same people who made him famous.

We Need Better Data for a Serious Gun Control Debate

Robert Muggah | Posted 07.27.2014 | Crime
Robert Muggah

On one side are those who explain these ghastly incidents as the outcome of a failed mental health system. On the other are pundits who say these preventable deaths are the consequence of America's patent inability to regulate guns. They are both right.

As the Father of a Daughter

Brian Koppelman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Brian Koppelman

As the father of a daughter, I wish that all men would take just a moment, today, to look inside, to decide if they are proud of the way they look at women on the street, the way they talk to them in bars, the way they talk about them when they feel the women are just out of earshot.

UCSB Community Stands in Solidarity After Hate Crime

Madison Medeiros | Posted 07.27.2014 | College
Madison Medeiros

With regular concerts in the parks and a plethora of student organizations, Isla Vista seems like paradise on the outside. But once you look past the sea of beautiful people, the organic foods, and kegs lining Del Playa, you'll find a community where darkness easily hides, overshadowed by dub-step and glistening sunsets.