The evidence is clear -- the more guns are out there, the more likely they will be used to take a life. To cut these escalating death rates, we need to strictly restrict access to handguns, as they do in virtually every other advanced nation on earth.
Like George Zimmerman, Marissa Alexander discharged her weapon in Florida. Unlike Zimmerman, she was immediately arrested, despite that she did not kill or injure anyone. Moreover, a judge and jury rejected Alexander's "Stand Your Ground" defense, while Zimmerman might never see trial because of it.
The letter signed by 23 state Attorneys General in support of the National Rifle Association's bill to nationalize concealed carry of handguns suggests that, for those public officials, pandering to the gun lobby is far more important than doing the job they were sworn to perform.
The simple fact remains here: that a grown man with a gun, safe in his locked car, against the implicit instruction of a 911 police operator, left that car to pursue, confront and kill a child who was holding nothing more than a bag of Skittles and an iced tea.
A medical report by George Zimmerman's doctor has disclosed that Zimmerman had a fractured nose, two black eyes, two lacerations on the back of his head and a back injury on the day after the fatal shooting.
What will be the future of Stand Your Ground laws? It looks like the courts may be working their way toward clearer guidelines for when and how it applies.
The economy is important, but it is not everything. Jobs are vital, but they are nothing if we cannot walk down the street without fear of bullets flying overhead.
Yes, there's a double-standard. And until there's full equality and the long slow process of racial healing is completed, the double-standard has to remain.
"You can't get over the pain of losing a child. You have to be lifted up out of it". In these words, Helen Delaney, captured the essence of the For Sybrina Mother's Day Campaign, a tribute to Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mom.
Allegedly taunting them with references to Trayvon Martin, a group of people on the roof of the Sigma Pi fraternity house reportedly threw bottles and...
This city, long thought too tough, is suddenly looking for solace and solutions in the art of arranging language through image, metaphor and music to capture the heart's inner song.
The growth in hate groups and the use of their divisive and negative language in the mainstream political and media arena is cause for national alarm.
The media has already reported that several forensic experts have already volunteered their opinions that the voice on the tape was not Zimmerman's, and that it was Martin doing the screaming. But are these opinions reliable?
Those who demanded a criminal prosecution see themselves as righteous defenders of a victim, but they fail to realize Zimmerman is also a victim, because he's been denied the presumption of innocence to which he's entitled.
The end of a racist nation cannot just come from an integration of races in schools, the workplace and politics. It must come from a very personal change in perception. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 changed the law, but it's the people that change a culture.
Unarmed Americans nationwide are now finding themselves in the line of fire because of a pro-gun movement predicated on devaluing the role of government and the rule of law. It's a sad statement when a teenager can no longer safely venture outside to buy a bag of Skittles.