Make them feel part of something bigger. Let them know you will be there for them. Remember words that have become the Márquez-Greene family's motto: "Love Wins." And work without ceasing for common sense gun safety measures to stop the scourge of violence in America.
Sure, one can argue that access to guns is a Constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment. But one could also argue that access to welfare is a Constitutional right protected by extension of the Tenth Amendment and even Fourteenth Amendment.
Many of the people in our city's disenfranchised neighborhoods do not believe that the mayor has their best interests at heart.
Night after night the news reports break our hearts. Scores of unaccompanied migrant children are warehoused on our borders. Teenagers -- Israeli and Palestinian -- are brutally beaten and killed as the Middle East conflict escalates. And the epidemic of gun violence takes 11 young lives over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago alone.
I quickly discovered how tough it is to write a thriller with no guns. A gun is an obvious representation of power. A gun requires no words.
One thing about the gun debate I find interesting is how quickly and easily gun owners get riled up when politicians, or anyone else for that matter, begin talking about taking away their guns.
A grieving parent makes a respectful effort to initiate such change, or at least to establish a healthy dialogue, and they are reproached by a prominent politician for their "grandstanding."
The notion that public space is safer if people don't walk around with guns seems to be spreading -- and it's interesting that the NRA's response so far to Target's new policy has been no response at all.
Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller. Michael recently encouraged the crowd of young leaders at the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools' National Training to understand the power of storytelling to create change.
We are going about this all wrong. The folks on the left say with fewer or no guns we will have fewer or no more gun crimes. The folks on the right say with more guns we will have more safety from people who would abuse guns.
Bringing a Glock into Starbucks doesn't make you a freedom fighter. If you want to carry a weapon and wear tactical clothing, here's an idea: Go see a recruiter.
One of the loudest American holidays is finally here -- the Fourth of July! If you're fortunate enough to live in Chicago's Austin, Auburn Gresham, Be...
Metcalf made headlines late last year when his long-time career at Guns & Ammo came to an end after a piece he wrote about the line between firearm regulation and the 2nd Amendment.
Seventy percent of kids under age 10 knew where their parents stored their guns, even when they were hidden. When curious kids and their siblings or friends find those guns, the results can be tragic.
Paul's examination of the conflicted self stands as one of the classic statements in Western culture. Borrowing from Jesus, we often say something similar: "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
I figured the book to be just another one of those "it's time to defang the NRA" deals, with the usual elixir of anti-gun proposals like more background checks, another assault weapons ban and, for good measure, let's get rid of all the damn things anyway. I was wrong.