If you think it's not "appropriate" to talk about gun violence during the week that marks both Virginia Tech and Columbine -- the worst shootings in our country's history -- then when would it be for you?
Despite the national controversy over the death of Trayvon Martin, the U.S. Senate may soon take up legislation that would actually expand the rights of concealed carry permit holders to carry their loaded handguns outside their home states and across the nation.
If a car kills someone you don't ban cars. But if there is something that can be done with the car without banning it, such as regulating who drives it or how it is made and sold, why would anybody fight that?
Virtually every other industry in America offers the media actual data on sales. So why do the National Rifle Association and National Shooting Sports Foundation continue to block access to this information?
My tenure with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will be ending, but I will remain engaged in the movement to reduce gun violence in America. For me, working for a safer America is more than just a job.
The Supreme Court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller has largely resulted in a reaffirmation of the constitutionality of laws to restrict access to firearms. For the "gun rights" forces, it has been three long years of frustration.
After a month of silence following the horrifying Tucson shootings, the NRA's "top gun," Wayne LaPierre, returned to his old talking points before CPAC this week. "These clowns want to ban magazines?" La Pierre raged, "Are you kidding me?"
People have been going crazy since the dawn of time. And Americans overwhelmingly support the right to buy guns. Combine those two things, and you're always going to have wackos going postal and shooting other people.
Despite the myth that promoting strict gun laws can be political suicide, thanks to the courage of leaders and supporters of sensible gun laws, the gun lobby doesn't make much of a difference on who wins and loses elections.
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.