This week, the nation stopped to give thanks. And not a moment too soon because it's especially important to remember all we're grateful for in the midst of news about a gunman opening fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic, the release of a video of a teenager being killed by police with 16 shots, rising hostilities between Russian and Turkey, and a political candidate making fun of a reporter's disability -- then denying it -- in a race turned ugly with xenophobia. All the more reason to count our blessings, not just at Thanksgiving, but every day -- especially now that science has confirmed the incredible health benefits of gratitude. And finally, as we head into a presidential election year, let's also be really grateful that we have the power to elect our leaders and reject those who don't reflect our values.
It's time for us to stop being polite and keeping the peace in our families, to stop hiding behind sympathetic posts on social media and instead have hard discussions about where we, as families, are at. To tell those close to us how afraid we are that, some day, we might see their mugshot on television after a horrific event.
In the aftermath of the recent shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, it's time we examine the role of words in our politics and in our society. Those who defensively insist that their vicious verbal attacks on Planned Parenthood have nothing to do with a single gunman's massacre of innocent citizens are fooling themselves.
Unlike Mexico, Guatemala, and other countries in the region, Belize has no organized crime. In Belize, no drug cartels are fighting for dominance or control. Luckily, our sleepy little country seems too small to interest those types.
As a child, I often cried in unison with other young children on the Westside of Chicago. Have you ever heard Chicago children cry? No matter how or why, it is hard to justify the continuous cries with blame and criticisms of their ties to an ongoing plight that has lead to the demise of countless lives for way too much time.
Individual rhetoric and singular action form policy and the norms of the institutions we build. A metaphor of abuse is not simply a rhetorical tool but an accurate assessment of our lives lived together here and now.
In time, and with the right kind of evidence, perhaps the court of public opinion can be better informed before deciding its verdict.
No matter what the NRA says about the benefits of gun ownership outweighing the risks, the fact is that a home with a gun inside it is a home where a gun accident could take place.
While many Americans have two or three jobs on a daily basis, there are at the same time many people who are left outside of the daily working and soc...
Discovery Communications announced today the launch of Baby's Got a Gun, a new reality television series coming to American homes this Spring, from the team at TLC who catapulted the nation's sassiest sweetheart to fame in Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
People who sell dangerous products have always endured a conflict. As global brands, they must weigh conscience with commerce. Efforts to keep people safe must be seriously undertaken, otherwise it is superficially selective in social good.
What we learn from the bystander effect is that if you are going to be ethical, you sometimes have to rise above cost-benefit analysis. For each individual bystander, the cost benefit approach says not to intervene.
Gun violence in the schools has received a great deal of attention, especially in the years -- inclusive of similar incidents -- since the most famous of the initial wave of school shootings at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado on April 20, 1999.
Some might call this policy discriminatory. But security and inclusiveness are two mutually exclusive concepts. French inclusiveness of refugees resulted in a tragic incident. American inclusiveness of white males has killed hundreds as well. If we want better security, then the trade-off is inevitable.
David Lenio of Kalispell, Montana, who is awaiting trial for threatening to shoot school kids and religious leaders, is active on Twitter again despite a court order that released him without bail into the custody of his investment banker father in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on condition that he stay off social media.
Last Friday night, four people were shot a block from my house in Denver. This event and countless others inevitably spark debate on American gun laws. But we consistently forget to factor in the group that's most affected when forming our views: America's youth.