We even responded differently in face-to-face encounters with law enforcement: My white friends would brazenly question the officer's reason, no, his right to invade their person. Me? My southern-born parents had drilled into me what happens to black boys who think they're as free as white boys.
The new study compares rates of impulsive, angry behavior with access to guns. Jeffrey Swanson and his research colleagues asked 5,653 respondents to answer questions about their own behavior, and also asked these same research subjects if they owned and/or carried guns.
Another year, another NRA annual meeting, which each spring comes with its own set of questions teetering from the merely absurd to the truly grotesque. How will gunmakers continue to up the ante on the militarization that defines the industry today?
Over the past few days, more than 2,000 Wisconsinites signed an open letter to Governor Scott Walker, who is on his way to the NRA convention.
By the NRA's and gun industry's logic, any attempt to regulate an inherently dangerous product makes a person against the product entirely, and yet history (and logic) tells us that regulation of a product does not necessarily indicate hatred of a product.
The first time I saw someone killed I was 25 feet away. I was in my early twenties and the two things I remember most, other than the actual event, was the uncontrollable shivering and the pack of cigarettes my brother and I nervously chain-smoked trying to calm down.
Holy Week reminds us that God comes to us in the Christian tradition as one whose death was legal. Crucifixion was an intentional act of the Roman Empire to keep Jews in their place: occupied; terrified; and vulnerable to random violence.
What's interesting about the new attention to safety being paid by the gun industry is that the notion that guns might be potentially dangerous no matter how they are used is a concept that is remarkably absent.
There is little evidence to support concerns that PG-13 rated movies are sparking an epidemic of gun violence among youth because there is no epidemic of gun violence among youth.
Originally, I had grand visions of how our Muslim-Jewish dialogue would change the world. But, suddenly, on a soccer field turned funeral chapel, I realized that "world-changing" was beside the point. I was there simply to deliver God's love to friends in agonizing pain.
The reaction to this video by the gun guys in New York tells me that the digital playing field on gun violence is beginning to level out.
During one of our discussions about gender expectations, one of my senior girls says, "A master key is a key that can open any lock. That's how we treat boys having sex. But, a lock that can be opened by any key is a bad lock. That's how people look at girls." Brilliant. Devastating.
Gun people cannot have it both ways -- stifling data collection and data disclosure concerning firearms use, while at the same time grandstanding about demographic trends in gun ownership based purely on anecdote and speculation.
Unlike in Florida and Texas, in Massachusetts and several other states, we treat a license to carry a firearm seriously, and only allow our most responsible citizens to do so.
The trends don't look too good for those who want to build a sizable coalition of voters for future legislative battles over guns. Maybe the old tactics of the NRA emphasizing responsible gun ownership and professionalism were better than the "in your face" style today.
The gun-sense community had to know that the ATF's decision to withdraw the exemption for all uses of this ammo would be construed, rightfully, as a ban. Want to take the short odds on the ATF in this argument? I don't.