In the last decade, more women were killed by an intimate partner using a gun than troops killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Come November, women across party lines may reward candidates working to solve problems, rather than leaning on partisan perceptions.
I've been out here long enough to know that after the politicians and cameras are gone; after the communal outrage subsides; I know that the culture of death still presides.
Some have called the new ad "dramatic" others have said it was "chilling," "haunting" or "grisly." I call it real. In an average month, 48 women in this country are shot to death by current or former intimate partners.
It is pitted as a battle between the First Amendment right of free speech and the Second Amendment right to bear arms, christened by court observers as the "Docs v. Glocks" case.
Talk about a gift. If this ruling is not challenged and overthrown, Palmer vs. DC paves the way for the gun lobby to get what it has always wanted, namely, national concealed-carry without having to pass a federal law at all.
Coming soon to a city near you?
It came as no surprise when the NRA released a brand new YouTube video that literally makes no sense whatsoever -- on any level. In fact, it's so off-the-rails that it's difficult to imagine even the most loyal NRA automatons buying into what it says.
Ultimately, the jurors will be the judges of the facts and what is reasonable. However, where race and gender clash, the black woman usually ends up on the short end of the deal.
Technological advancements allowed cars to be what they are today: safer vehicles used for transportation that are "the first line of defense in an accident." It was a combination of movements that brought those technological changes to bear, however. The same could happen today with guns.
It is time we work together to solve this pervasive national problem, and develop ways every city in our country can effectively combat gun violence.
Some have appropriated the current gun conversation to ask "What Would Jesus Carry?" but I'd rather take it one step further and ask "Who Would Jesus Shoot?"
From the killer thief on the street, through the heartless bureaucrat, to the insatiable CEO, all the way to the politician who'll sacrifice young lives merely to increase his power, the disease of inhumane cynicism sometimes seems like an inescapable epidemic.
We should be asking: Is the person is a danger to him or herself or to others if he or she had a gun? That is the question. The notion that we can use mental illness as a way to determine that someone is somehow more dangerous is just ill-informed.
No matter what nonsense Rand Paul and the NRA promote about how doctors are a threat to the 2nd Amendment, anyone who believes that an unlocked gun in a home with children isn't a health risk is presenting a degree of stupidity that no amount of medical care will ever cure.
As we have seen with other issues like drunk driving and tobacco, humor can be an important, if not essential tool to call attention to the most serious of issues, and there are few issues as serious as unsafe access to guns in the home.
Put simply, the presence of guns dramatically increases the probability of death in incidents involving domestic violence. In 2011 almost two-thirds of women killed with guns were killed by their intimate partners.