It has been a week since Ismaayl Brinsley, a deranged man with a long criminal record, killed two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, in cold blood, but so far we haven't heard a word from the National Rifle Association.
Something is deeply awry in our nation with the world's biggest economy that lets its children be the poorest group and the younger they are the poorer they are during their years of greatest brain development. The Prince of Peace is mocked as we let a child be injured or killed by guns every thirty minutes.
Thirty years ago today the inviolate right to self-defense and the battle over firearm civil liberties were joined in one of the unlikeliest of battle zones -- New York City.
What do you think is more important -- to protect the right of Americans to own guns or to control gun ownership?
Since anyone with a concealed-carry permit is, by definition, one of the good guys, the gun industry and its supporters work overtime trying to get concealed-carry accepted as the law of the land.
Since Sandy Hook, there have been at least 92 school shootings in America, and too many individuals killed with guns to count.
There is nothing inevitable about gun violence. And while the scandalously high rates of murder in both Brazil and South Africa are treated by many as "normal," there are encouraging signs of change. Targeted crime prevention measures and public health interventions pursued in both countries are cause for cautious optimism.
The surgeon general, whatever his or her views on gun control, has no political authority, and will do absolutely nothing about gun control in office. Even if the position did allow for that, why would that unsettle anybody?
It's one thing to back courageous leaders who stand up to the gun lobby, but it's another to thank them with our votes. Last week represented a chance to test the theory that mobilizing moms can be a successful electoral strategy.
With Republicans controlling both houses, I no longer fear that Ebola-infected terrorists are crossing the Rio Grande. I can sleep soundly. Also, as I cannot afford to replace my wife's wardrobe, so I am relieved that Sharia law will not be imposed.
Why does avarice trump the will of the people? Why are dead children not enough to spur action? Why are democrats and republicans unwilling to do the right thing, even as our kids run scared across bloodstained school playgrounds?
We must recognize the male-centric nature of gun violence in America. At the very least, we must understand that teen boys are attracted to guns like magnets to metal.
The Ebola virus is the best thing to happen to American politicians in years. Ebola has done what neither war, climate change, nor economic meltdown have accomplished. It has united our politicians in action because Ebola is bad.
Like me, you may feel like there's nothing that can be done to stop the carnage of gun violence -- particularly with the body count of our children rising each day. However, there are things each of us can and must do.
Publicized school shootings are not the only ones creating holes in families and communities. Every 30 minutes, a child or teen is shot and over eighteen children and young adults die each day in the U.S. from a gunshot wound.
One of the major reasons for the polarization between the two sides in the gun violence debate is that one side, the NRA side, refuses to admit that suicide has anything to do with gun violence at all.