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Virginia Tech Massacre

Lucia Graves

In Arizona, Survivor Of Virginia Tech Massacre Talks Gun Control: 'The Time For Thoughts And Prayers Is Over' | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Almost two months after the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., Colin Goddard, a survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre, is speaking to Arizona students about...

The Middle Ground on Guns

Mike Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

Chicago is not alone. Americans across the country from Ft. Hood to campuses in Dekalb and Blacksburg to the Pentagon and Columbine continue to wonder how dangerous individuals have access to deadly weapons.

Virginia Tech Student Colin Goddard Returns to Campus, With Powerful Film

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

In a new documentary, a student wounded in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting demonstrates how easy it is to purchase firearms without a background check or basic identification.

Peace on Earth Film Festival 2011: Righting the Balance of Power

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Living for 32 tells the story of Colin Goddard, a young international studies major in 2007 who was sitting in French class that morning when Seung-Hui Cho went on his shooting rampage.

Logic, Guns and Mental Illness

Gloria Duffy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gloria Duffy

The logic is absolutely clear -- the more guns in private hands, the more people will be shot and killed each year in the US. The more guns in private hands, the greater the number will be of mentally unstable individuals with guns.

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.

Want a Gun? Get a Prescription!

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Gun-ownership stands out as one of the only areas in which we do not screen for a public threat before approving a potentially lethal activity. Increasing barriers to gun possession for the mentally ill will save lives.

Learn the Virginia Tech Facts: Read the Report

Jonathan Kassa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jonathan Kassa

After the first two students were shot, a warning was not issued for more than 2 hours. The U.S. Department of State's findings are methodically detailed in a 26 page report.

Living for 32: A Generation Stands Up for Itself Against Deadly Weapons

Maria Cuomo Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maria Cuomo Cole

During my years serving homeless and at risk populations in inner city communities, I cringe whenever I hear news that another life -- or lives -- has been lost to illegal weapons which seem to be available on demand.

Make Concerns of Gun Violence Victims a Priority

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Elected officials must consider the awesome responsibility of the jobs they've been entrusted to do. Talk to victims, survivors, and law enforcement about the all too pervasive and underreported tragedy of gun violence. And then do something to halt it.

Virginia Tech: Three Years Later | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

When Virginia Tech student Molly Pearl was a freshman, she slept through her morning French class on April 16, 2007. And perhaps for that reason, she ...

Patriot's Day

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Friday marks the third anniversary of the massacre at Virginia Tech. Four days later, Tuesday, marks the 11th anniversary of the deaths at Columbine. And on Monday, two gun lobby gatherings are planned.

Not "Gaga" About the Guns

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Paul Helmke

Why did Lady Gaga and Beyonce go out of their way to glorify guns in their production. Beyond the sexual stereotype of guns in general, it's hard to understand why they are in the video at all.

Virginia Tech Survivor With Hidden Camera Films Dangerous Gun Sales at Gun Shows

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

At gun shows in 43 states, felons, gangsters, wife-beaters, and the dangerously mentally ill can buy assault weapons, semi-automatic pistols and other firearms with no questions asked.

Student Blogger Shut Down and Sued by Butler University Over Free Speech

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stu Kreisman

Jess Zimmerman is a junior at Butler University. Last year he wrote criticisms of Butler's administration in an anonymous blog. We now have the first case of a university suing a student over online free speech.

Why Two White Kids Are a Senseless Tragedy but an Arab American Is Terrorism

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Brian Ross

When a couple of white kids shoot up a school, it is a tragedy. Bring on a shooting at a military base that involves an Arab-American though, and the media does everything it can to shout "terrorism."

Guantanamo Bay: College Division

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stu Kreisman

Is a school entitled to discipline a student? Of course -- if a crime is committed. But let's get real here. We're talking about freedom of speech on the Internet.

Revolutionary Goad: Has the Anti-Government Rhetoric Gone Too Far?

Chez Pazienza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chez Pazienza

Glenn Beck is basically good, clean fun -- at least until some tinfoil-hatted psychopath who takes his nonsense way too seriously and decides to fire off a few rounds at President Obama.

A New Day For Gun Violence Prevention

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Last year at this time, I said that America was turning a corner on the gun issue, and the watershed events of 2008 confirmed that prediction. The pa...

Virginia Tech Newspaper Publishes Unauthorized Cho Seung-Hui Documents

Washington Post | Theresa Vargas and Amy Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The unauthorized release of thousands of documents related to the April 2007 Virginia Tech massacre has given new voice to killer Seung Hui Cho, who e...

The Same Old Story

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

If the cases of Seung-Hui Cho and Steven Kazmierczak have taught us anything, it's that red flags do appear consistently among shooters. What is needed is a screening process.

Virginia Tech: One Year Later

The Christian Science Monitor | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

April 16. The date of Virginia Tech's tragedy resonates for campus leaders the way Sept. 11 does for the nation. The fatal shootings of 33 students a...