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Virginia Tech Massacre

Do Mass Shootings Like Newtown Actually Reduce Support for Gun Control?

John A. Tures | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The increased demand for more gun rights predates the election of President Barack Obama. Sure gun control support increased as the overall crime rate fell in the 1990s, but also fell as the crime rate continued to decline in the following decade.

Metal Music, First Amendment Under Attack: Man Jailed for Posting Exodus Lyrics

Clay Calvert | Posted 11.08.2014 | Crime
Clay Calvert

A man from Kentucky was arrested and tossed in jail late last month for allegedly making terroristic threats and supposedly threatening to kill students at a school when he posted lyrics by a metal band on his Facebook page.

How I Teach in a Climate of School Shootings

TueNight | Posted 09.07.2014 | Education

Every time a campus shooting has happened in the 13 years since I became a college counselor and professor in Washington D.C., I tell myself that it's not something that only happens at colleges, and that these things can happen anywhere.

Guns vs. Misogyny vs. Mental Illness: A False Choice

Briallen Hopper | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Briallen Hopper

In the wake of last week's massacre at UCSB, people have been arguing about what the tragedy was "really" about. The "#YesAllWomen" campaign blames mi...

How We've Progressed Since Virginia Tech

HuffPost Live | Posted 04.16.2014 | College

On April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17. HuffPost Live goes on campus to see what has pr...

Virginia Tech Finally Pays Federal Fine

AP | STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 04.16.2014 | College

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech has paid federal fines for its actions on the morning of April 16, 2007, when a lone gunman killed 32 people on t...

Expanding Background Checks Necessary, But Not Enough

Josh Horwitz | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Merely expanding background checks is not enough. We must strengthen the system itself so that individuals with a history of dangerous behavior can no longer clear its low bar.

Jason Cherkis

Gus Deeds, Virginia Tech Shooter Had This In Common | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Years before Gus Deeds failed to get the psychiatric help he needed, stabbed his father, Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, and fatally s...

Virginia Tech Shooting Left 'Living Legacy' Of Campus Safety Changes

AP | STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 01.23.2014 | College

RICHMOND, Va. — RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The families of victims and survivors of the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech call campus safety measures i...

Virginia Tech Wrongful Death Verdict Reversed

AP | STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 10.31.2013 | College

RICHMOND, Va. -- RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a jury's wrongful death verdict against the state stemming from t...

Virginia Tech Decision Supports AG's Position, Office Says

AP | STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 10.31.2013 | College

RICHMOND, Va. -- RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia attorney general's office says a state Supreme Court ruling reversing a negligence finding agains...

It Happened Again (and Again)

Rabbi Denise Eger | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Denise Eger

I delivered this sermon on Rosh Hashanah morning. Who knew by the time I would be able to edit and publish it we would be faced with yet another mass murder, this time at the Washington Navy Yard? If ever there was a time that we Americans must speak up about sane and sensible gun control the time is now.

School Days, School Days – Let's Keep Guns Out Of School Days

Paul Helmke | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
Paul Helmke

I have no objections to trained police officers or school resource officers being in our schools if that's what the local school officials and law enforcement think is appropriate, but we need to be skeptical and concerned about having non-professionals (particularly those with other responsibilities like teaching, staffing or going to class) carrying loaded weapons in our schools.

Va. Tech President Retires; Criticized In Massacre

AP | STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 07.14.2013 | College

RICHMOND, Va. — The president of Virginia Tech announced his retirement Tuesday, satisfied he had elevated the university's reputation and ackno...

Young Coloradans Remember the Victims of VA Tech

Steve Fenberg | Posted 06.16.2013 | Denver
Steve Fenberg

Today, we remember the young victims of the Virginia Tech shooting by committing ourselves to reduce gun violence. Too many mass shootings and daily acts of gun violence have ended young lives for us not to speak out.

6 Years Since the Virginia Tech School Tragedy, What Have We Learned About Campus Safety?

Kristina Anderson | Posted 06.16.2013 | College
Kristina Anderson

On a very basic and scary level, before our story became a national headline -- a "massacre" -- and before the heated discussions around violent video games and gun violence, it was a very real, vivid, and tragic series of loud, piercing, and fatal moments in time.

Parent to Parent Plea

Bert Heyman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Bert Heyman

Why in heaven's name did we stay on the sidelines; why not share our grief and our tragedy as a warning to everyone that losing a child to senseless gun violence is indescribable? As the saying goes "I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy."

The Risk of Getting Back to 'Normal'

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 06.01.2013 | Parents
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

Many feel the town won't let them get "back to normal." The ubiquitous use of the word "healing" is getting under people's skin. Folks say they wish it would all go away so they could move on. At one time, I might have jumped on this bandwagon. Recently, I've come to see it differently.

House Education Committee Ready To Talk School Safety

AP | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top Democrat on the House education committee says any discussion about school safety needs to be coupled with "common sense strateg...

Virginia Tech Lawsuit Heats Up

AP | STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 04.16.2013 | DC

RICHMOND, Va. — Attorneys for the parents of two students who were killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre want a state Supreme Court hearing ...

New Jersey One-Gun Law Upheld, Setting a Precedent

Larry Bodine | Posted 04.13.2013 | Crime
Larry Bodine

New Jersey's law that limits handgun purchases to one per month was just upheld by the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, creating a federal law foundation for other states to follow.

Biden: Virginia Tech Showed Key Gun Control Measure Needed (VIDEO)

AP | LARRY O'DELL | Posted 01.28.2013 | College

RICHMOND, Va. -- The 2007 Virginia Tech shooting illustrated the importance of strengthening background checks to ensure guns are not sold to people w...

WATCH: Will More Guns Prevent A Mass Shooting On Campus?

Posted 02.01.2013 | College

As the Obama administration begins a push for the president's new gun control proposals, college presidents are speaking out, declaring their oppositi...

Diagnosing and Preventing the Unfathomable

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.

Following a public act of unspeakable horror, like the shootings in Connecticut or Aurora, mental health professionals are asked to explain why or how a person could hurt others so profoundly. And then we are asked how to identify such people and prevent these violent acts.

Protecting the Firearms Firewall on America's College Campuses

Daniel J. Hurley | Posted 03.11.2013 | College
Daniel J. Hurley

Of all the higher education policy issues that will draw state lawmakers' attention this year -- college affordability and access being chief among them -- it is unfortunate that so much energy will likely be given to legislation aimed at forcing universities to allow guns on campus.