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Tucson Shooting

Howard Fineman

The Dad Next Door | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was that unassuming role -- father and husband -- which enabled Obama to turn his Tucson speech into a memorable moment of healing and hope.

Jason Linkins

Did Obama Speech Undercut Federal Case Against Loughner? (No.) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

At last night's memorial service for the fallen victims in Saturday's tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, President Barack Obama spoke at length about the liv...

Tragedy in Tucson: Two Speeches

Prof. Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Prof. Joe Peyronnin

One heinous act in Tucson Saturday by a lone gunman left six people dead and more than a dozen injured. For five days the nation gasped in horror as i...

When Can We Have a Conversation About Gun Safety in Safety?

Kaile Shilling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Kaile Shilling

While the effects of an individual's mental state are impossible to predict, the effects of loose gun laws are not.

Pacing In The Shadows Of Our Finger-Pointing

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

To be therapeutic, addressing our differences must include seeking truth, both the subjective and the factual. This can only be done when we see our own mistakes, and recognize how much in common we all have.

Healing the Wounds: Transforming Our Culture of Violence

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

Despite the accumulated cultural baggage, we can and must heal the wounds of the violence in our midst -- not by burying it or displacing it, but by owning it and learning to live with it.

The President Has Come of Age

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

More gray-haired and somber, Obama brilliantly and so presidentially rose above the clutter, the chatter.

Obama in Tucson: The Question of the Applause

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

Nowadays, when we get together to "heal" after a "great trauma," do we clap for our own courage?

Obama's Ennobling Speech

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

It would be hard to think of a more moving and dignified speech, particularly when set against the foil of Sarah Palin's self-absorbed effusions.

Standing up to Gun Violence

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

My constituents have a special understanding of this tragedy because of the amount of gun violence that has been in my district. Far too many people have attended funerals of loved ones who have fallen victim to unnecessary shootings.

Palin's Response to the Tucson Tragedy Is 'All About Sarah'

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

The rap on Sarah Palin as governor in Alaska was always that in Sarah's world, everything was about Sarah. When the then-governor and Republican vice-...

Sarah Palin -- What a Coward

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

Simply stated, if you can't face questions over your own rhetoric and behavior, you are a coward.

Jason Linkins

Sarah Palin Refudiates Sarah Palin | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Everyone's all aflush with talk of Sarah Palin's invocation of "blood libel," so this section of her prepared statement probably isn't getting the att...

Armed Citizens Don't Shoot Back

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Fraad Wolff

In case after case our loose gun ownership and possession laws do not produce armed citizens defending themselves and others. So many of us have guns and we are all vulnerable.

A Million Lines of Defense Against Tragedy

Colin and Andrew Goddard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Colin and Andrew Goddard

On January 7, we wrote a blog celebrating the third anniversary of a law passed to prevent people with disqualifying mental health records from buying guns. The next day, the mass shooting in Tucson happened.

The President's Speech: After the Preambles

Charlie Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charlie Rose

After the president expresses the sympathy of the nation, we hope he will seize the moment to lead. It is a significant moment for him and his presidency, not for political gain, but for defining what this country must believe and act on.

The Angry American Male

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

In our hyper-politicized climate it is not surprising that everyone would point to a political cause for what is essentially a values-based issue. The values that our culture uses to define male success is becoming ever more extreme.

The Paranoid Style in American Politics: Its Past, Present and Future

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Now that a few days have passed since the Arizona shootings, perhaps it's time to place the analysis of political violence in America in a broader historical perspective.

Jason Linkins

The Stranger Remixes Palin's Gunsight 'Surveyor's Marks' Map | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

To borrow a phrase from the folks over at Rumproast, The Stranger has decided they will "go there." In a "sneak preview" of the cover of their pending...

Pastor Bill Clinton's Lessons From Oklahoma City for Professor Barack Obama in Tucson

Michael Takiff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Takiff

Barack Obama may be too good a person -- too well-behaved, too self-controlled -- to be pastor to the nation like Bill Clinton was after Oklahoma City. But, in this teachable moment, he can be teacher to the nation.

Fear Vs. Love: Wisdom For Times Like These

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

Times like these, when innocent lives are snuffed out by a tragic, senseless act of violence, make me question the purpose for which I've dedicated my life for nearly 40 years. Is it all for naught?

Who's Illegitimate? The Presidents. Who Says?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

If mental disturbance is at the root of the shootings in Tucson, that leaves another question: what's at the root of all the rancor about political rancor?

Margaret Chase Smith and the Politics of Rhetoric

Heather Cox Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Cox Richardson

While the jury is out for today's Republicans, it's worth remembering Senator Margaret Chase as we discuss political rhetoric in the wake of Tucson.

How To Honor The Memory Of Christina Taylor Green

LAist | Callie Miller in News on January 11, 2011 11:59 AM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

In response to the overwhelming offers of support for the family of Los Angeles Dodgers scout John Green after the tragic death of their daughter Chri...

Tucson -- And the Next Rampage

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Already there have been bricks thrown through windows, and pictures of nooses. Already the authorities have had to increase security for certain gover...