Our Constitution's key assurance, the inalienable right of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" and the right to carry a firearm cannot successfully co-exist. How would Thomas Jefferson have known about an AK47 with a 100-round magazine?
Technology unites us, but at the same time, isolates and distracts us. The level of discourse in our national debate is at a low point. We feast on trashy, tabloid reality shows. And we are awash in violent images.
Much of our life is dedicated to an attempt to understand through reason -- rational, logical thought -- our existence. But when one human kills a dozen or more other humans who represent no threat to him, nothing seems to make sense, nothing is reasonable or rational.
Should we limit all violent movies altogether for our children (go with me here) because those children will one day grow up with the propensity to murder? Maybe not. But isn't there something we can learn from it?
It's time for sane adults to insist that we elect sane adults who will act like sane adults and implement sane policy. There is no reason for us to be the most violent nation on earth (except for maybe Somalia), where gun violence is the norm.
Even if you weren't aware of Phoebe Prince, the story probably seems all too familiar these days. You feel a little sick to your stomach. You are stunned by yet another horrible story of virulent, unchecked bullying. What is happening in our schools? Our neighborhoods?
This week I will not only be celebrating America, the land of the red, white, and blue. Instead, I will be celebrating myself, my journey, and the fact that, over the past five years, I've gone from fearful victim to fearless survivor!
Reilly's implication that we want prisoners to continue to mete out street justice while locked up sends a mixed message of the worst kind. Let's not set these men up for failure by implying that violence is acceptable, expected, and that they're good for nothing else.
While David Kennedy's strategy is unlikely to quickly change the diverse causes of homicides or address non-violent crime, his logic may be wise. As more data come in, Chicago will see if the strategy is enlightened or not.
Ahead of the history-making decision on the Arms Trade Treaty less than two weeks from now -- starting July 2 in New York at the United Nations -- the Control Arms Coalition set up a series of exclusive interviews with four high-profile personalities.
Suicides and personal violence in the military have continued to escalate since some of us first began warning about these problems and their relationship to the simultaneously escalating prescription of psychiatric drugs to active duty soldiers.
All the Danish soldiers who developed PTSD were much more likely to have suffered emotional problems and traumatic events prior to deployment. In fact, it wasn't traumatic war experiences that predicted the onset of PTSD, but rather childhood experiences of violence.