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Sam Stein

Progress On Gun Control Seemed Inevitable After Sandy Hook, But Apparently That Was Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the immediate aftermath of the shooting of 20 students and six school staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn....

Sam Stein

The Newtown Moment That Came And Went

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There have been many instances of mass gun violence during the presidency of Barack Obama. Some faded away without much public recogniti...

A Tuff First Line of Defense: Who Is Guarding Our Kids?

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

This week makes it obvious that the first-line of defense for kids wouldn't be the occasionally roaming security guard, it wouldn't be the principal or the teacher, it wouldn't be the custodians or volunteer dads; my kids' real lifeguards would be the front office staff.

Please Don't Hurry Them Along

Carissa K | Posted 05.05.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

For me, life is still forever defined by The Before and The After, as I suspect it may be for the grieving families in Connecticut.

Giffords Visits Newtown As Students Return To School

AP | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Nearly two years after being critically wounded in a mass shooting, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Friday m...

NRA President: We Were Left Out Of Gun Talks

Reuters | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

By David Ingram WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) - An effort led by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to find ways to reduce gun violence afte...

Judge Who Sentenced Giffords Shooter Makes Big Request

AP | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics

TUCSON, Ariz. (Associated Press) -- A federal judge who sentenced the man who shot former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said in an article published Fr...

Newtown School Shooting Is Tragedy Made in the USA

Dennis Trainor | Posted 02.13.2013 | Crime
Dennis Trainor

As a parent, I shook (not figuratively but literally, I shook) watching news reports today. Twenty children started their morning as they always do ...

'The Entire World Stands With Us'

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is thanking foreign diplomats for the outpouring of support from around the world after the massacre at a Co...

We Binged on the Massacre, Let's Not Waste the Outrage

Linda Flanagan | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Linda Flanagan

When we tuck these images away we become complicit in the national inertia over gun violence. America's attention deficit disorder keeps us from holding on to the outrage long enough to organize and demand change.

From Davy Crockett To Dirty Harry, Gun Culture Integral To History

Agence France Presse | Mira Oberman | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics

From folk hero frontiersman Davy Crockett to vigilante cop Dirty Harry, guns seem to be too deeply woven into the American identity for any amount of ...

Obama Could Take Big Cue From Clinton

Real Clear Politics | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

More than 14 years ago, President Clinton told a roomful of interested parties at the White House, “We have to help schools recognize the early warn...

WATCH: Bloomberg Says Obama Should 'Lead From The Front'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg again pressured Obama to take action on gun control, saying the president should "lead from the front." Bloom...

Seriously, GOP?

Daily Beast | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

The visceral shock of the Newtown school slaughter has provoked a reassessment on gun laws among many on the right—including Joe Scarborough and Rup...

Top GOP Senator Joins Pro-Gun Dems In Push For Debate

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congressional gun rights supporters showed an increased willingness Tuesday to consider new legislation to control firearms in the ...

We Are All Hiding Something

Liz Spikol | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Liz Spikol

If it turns out Adam Lanza is bipolar and I'm bipolar, does the bipolar explain his violence? Or does it explain my passivity? The labels are useful up to a point -- but they're hopeless in moments like these when the scope of the behavior is so far beyond the norm.

Let's Stop Sending Our Kids to School

Rob Schware | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Rob Schware

"If I still had children in the school system, I'd suddenly be thinking twice about whether I should send them off to school in the morning. I might try to organize at least some kind of mass refusal among local families to send their children to school for a certain period of time."

In U.S. Schools Monday, 'We Are All Going To Be Hypervigilant'

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 02.15.2013 | Education

MIAMI — Jessica Kornfeld drove her children to their elementary school this past weekend. She wanted them to feel reassured that it was still a ...

Faithful Fill Pews In Newtown Seeking Answers On How God Let Shooting Happen

AP | ALLEN G. BREED and PAT EATON-ROBB | Posted 12.16.2012 | Religion

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Six-year-old Jennifer Waters came to Mass on Sunday at Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church with a lot of questions. "The littl...

When Even The Toughest Plans Can't Save: School Had Drills To Handle Such Situations

Posted 12.17.2012 | Education

Sandy Hook Elementary didn't take chances when it came to safety. The school had regular lockdown drills, teaching students and teachers to stay q...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The names of the towns and the tally of the victims change but the horrific mass shooting cycle of shock, unimaginable grief, calls for reform, followed by a return to the nothing-to-be-done status quo is all too familiar. The nightmare in Newtown, Connecticut -- made all the more sickening by the presence of 20 dead children -- is the third mass shooting since July and the fifth since President Obama took office. In the hours after the shooting, the president made a moving, emotional speech. Just as he did in the wake of Tucson. And Aurora. But calls for "meaningful action" and the lowering of flags to half-staff are no longer enough. What we need, in the words of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is "immediate action." Gun violence, turbo-charged by easy and legal access to deadly weapons, is a cancer eating away at the soul of America. We need emergency surgery.

David Lohr

Sandy Hook Shooting Victims' Names Released

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 12.17.2012 | Crime

(CLICK HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES) On Saturday, the Connecticut State Police released a list of the names of the 26 victims who were shot and killed at ...

Team Obama Reportedly Planning Visit After Tragedy

Patch | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Tweeted the helicopters people heard over Danbury today were an advance team setting up for a possible presidential visit ...

Pastor: Parents Asked Police About Their Children's Final Moments

Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion

A Newtown, Conn. priest who accompanied police when they notified parents that they had lost their children in Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Element...

Gun Control Debate Back In The Spotlight

AP | CALVIN WOODWARD | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The question surfaces each time a mass murder unfolds: Will this one change the political calculus in Washington against tougher gu...