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One Year Later

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

One year later, despite Congress's appalling lack of action, there has been important progress in some areas and states. The White House has quietly delivered on most of the executive actions President Obama promised in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting.

The Last Time I Saw Ben Wheeler

Christopher Murray | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

The last time I saw Ben Wheeler, he and his big brother Nate were eating chocolate-chip pancakes and being terribly silly. Nine months after the pancake breakfast, I got a strange voicemail: There had been another school shooting, this time in Connecticut.

Sandy Hook Promise: There Will Be Change

Bill Moyers | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Francine and David moved from New York City to Newtown to raise a family somewhere safe. They could never have imagined that in that quiet place on a Friday morning, just days before Christmas, gunfire would take their younger son's life.

Message to Congress: Show Some Robinson/Rickey/Wheeler Courage on Gun Safety Vote

Marc H. Morial | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Marc H. Morial

While this legislation is hardly a final answer, it is at least a first step and would demonstrate that our leaders have the backbone to stand up for the American people in the face of opposition and threats from a well-funded and obstinate gun lobby.

Newtown Victim's Mother Delivers Emotional Plea For Gun Control

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shooting used the opportunity to fill in for President Barack Obama...

'I Promise This Time There Will Be Change'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Connecticut last week was not alone in moving forward on gun safety. New York, Colorado, and Maryland have all passed new gun violence prevention legislation in the last four months. In each of these states, ordinary citizens have said no more and lawmakers have displayed the courage to listen and lead. Now it's time for Congress to lead for children and for all of us in every state -- not just some -- to demand action not obstruction and to put protection of child and citizen safety ahead of guns -- especially deadly assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines that should not be in civilian hands. The gun violence prevention bills pending in Congress deserve a vote. This time there must be change.

Jennifer Bendery

Francine Wheeler, Mom Of Son Killed In Newtown Shootings, To Give Obama's Weekly Address

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will keep the spotlight on gun violence in his weekly address on Saturday, but he's going to have someone else de...