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.
A noteworthy event took place in Newtown, CT last month. On May 31, the Newtown community proudly hosted a gathering of visitors. No media, no politics -- just people.
Simple sharing of gun ownership information (which is available when people buy a gun) to state police should be routine. It might even be possible. When I get stopped for a traffic infraction, the police immediately pull up all of my records.
The headlines in the case were sadly familiar. An angry adult armed with a gun used it to shoot and kill an unarmed black teenager he thought seemed "bad" -- this time, because the teenager and his friends were sitting in a car listening to music the grownup didn't like. In this outrageous Florida case, a middle-aged white man, Michael Dunn, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting a gun into an occupied car. Jurors agreed he faced no threat after he was annoyed by loud music -- coming from a car he had deliberately chosen to park next to -- and then started an argument, pulled a gun on the car's black teens, and fired three shots at the young men inside the car as they tried to drive away from him.
A year ago, a completely mentally unbalanced man murdered 20 children and six adults in cold blood at Sandy Hook, an elementary school in Newton, Conn...
One of the biggest ironies of the government shutdown was that the GOP -- and particularly the tea party -- usually hail themselves as defenders of th...
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.
Caring is not a feeling it is an action. If we care about school safety, we need to move beyond hoping for it when we drop off our kids and towards acting upon it every day after we do.
Even before the tragic events at the Boston Marathon or before the explosion in West, Texas, this week was full of tragedy. The failure to pass the gun control measure hit me and many others particularly hard. I will remember who voted against common sense.
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.
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.
Is the issue of government interference, fear of the NRA, or the possibility of a tedious Republican filibuster really as important as a life?
Despite the loud voice of the National Rifle Association (NRA), scholars, experts on school safety, and teachers overwhelmingly disagree with turning schools into armed camps rather than places of nonviolent positive learning.
"We the People" create the institutions that serve us. It's easy to forget that we -- individual citizens -- are the ones responsible for our children's education.
We will not stay silent at ludicrous solutions, like arming school teachers and janitors. Such suggestions are the warnings signs of society descending into a state of chaos.
Almost six years ago, I lost my girlfriend, Maxine Turner, in the worst school shooting in American history. Yesterday, she would have turned twenty-eight. Some have said she was "in the wrong place at the wrong time." But she wasn't. She was in a classroom -- the right place.