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Mass Shootings

It's Time for a National Conversation on Preventing Violence

Matthew Albracht | Posted 02.19.2013 | Impact
Matthew Albracht

To be sure, we all have a part to play in making violence prevention a real priority. We must work diligently and vigorously to build and implement the programs, structures and support systems that will help us shift toward a more peaceful culture.

A Hunter's Daughter: Common Sense & Guns

Whitney Caudill | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Whitney Caudill

Why not start with common sense? If you are not a soldier, then you don't need anything resembling an assault rifle and a high volume clip.

Gun Laws Show Difficulty Of Stemming Violent Acts

AP | JULIE PACE and ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One early focus of new gun regulations by President Barack Obama and some lawmakers would reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons, a ...

Eternally Surprised By Tomorrow

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The future has its surprises. Even the most farseeing among us, are -- for better or worse -- regularly caught off-guard by what tomorrow has to offer. Take the murderous acts of two disturbed young men.

Katherine Bindley

Connecticut Shooting Prompts Newcomers To Join Movement For Stricter Gun Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

Within 24 hours of the Newtown shooting, Meg Staunton and her friend Nancy Lefkowitz asked local parents to come together to prevent gun violence from...

A Deadly Romance

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

America's romance with guns, an emblem of our frontier spirit, has claimed its most innocent victims. We are held hostage by fanatics who insist that the answer to school massacres is to arm teachers. We cannot keep throwing up our hands at this madness.

How Gallup Is Wrong on Guns

Margie Omero | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Margie Omero

Post-Newtown, Gallup has been releasing a steady stream of polling and analysis on guns. But their results leave me with more questions than answers.

Katherine Bindley

Demand A Plan, Move Against Gun Violence, Sees Social Media Push

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

The impact of last Friday's tragedy in Newtown, Conn., on gun control reform remains to be seen, but gun control advocates say the shooting at Sandy H...

Media's Response to Mass Shootings Reveals Its Limitations

Zeeshan Aleem | Posted 02.18.2013 | Media
Zeeshan Aleem

The loss of 26 people to a gunman for no outward reason is heartbreaking. But where I depart from the media consensus is the assumption that this is an unrivaled tragedy. Every day children lose their lives needlessly.

Mass Shootings Are Bigger Than Guns

Anne Sobel | Posted 02.18.2013 | Crime
Anne Sobel

Let's talk about gun laws. Let's talk about them now. Let's find a way to honor our Second Amendment while still keeping our citizens safe. But if we make gun laws the beginning and the end of the conversation, we haven't even scratched the surface of our issues as a violent society.

Mass Shooters Meet Consistent Profile, Psychologists Say

Posted 12.19.2012 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 12/19/2012 10:38 AM EST on LiveScience After the horrifying shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary s...

Is There Anything We Can Do to Prevent Mass Shootings?

Marisa Randazzo | Posted 02.18.2013 | Crime
Marisa Randazzo

Incidents like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting -- and the Portland, OR mall shooting, and the Aurora, CO movie theater shooting -- can leave many of us feeling helpless. They can make us wonder if prevention is ever possible. Do we even bother trying?

Top 10 PR Blunders of 2012

Rich Robinson | Posted 02.17.2013 | Media
Rich Robinson

If we're talking about the biggest PR blunders of 2012, than the list is the exclusive purview of the Republican Party and its standard-bearer, Willard "Mitt" Romney.

11 People Who Want More Guns In Schools

Katy Hall | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

As some lawmakers call for real gun control reform in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, others are proposing a different strategy to curb school violen...

Gun Control and Mental Illness

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

The lack of treatment for mental illness in this country is a serious problem. But to the extent that some are presenting it as a more fundamental issue than the prevalence of firearms in the larger context of American gun violence, they're losing sight of the forest for the trees.

Disarming America's Gun Culture

Alex Pattakos | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Alex Pattakos

It's time that we as a nation get serious about not only treating the "symptoms" of violence, including gun violence, in America but also its root causes. Talk is not enough, nor is simply reacting to each tragic event in isolation.

Janell Ross

As Newtown Shooting Grabs Headlines, 'Slow Drip' Of Gun Violence Continues

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 12.18.2012 | Crime

Friday night was supposed to be a celebration, a moment of young man levity after a nine-month stretch in which Avon Ball Jr. had worked to turn his l...

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."

Christmas in Connecticut

Brenda Peterson | Posted 02.15.2013 | Crime
Brenda Peterson

The murderer of little children wore combat gear. What war was he fighting? Who was his enemy? Who gave him his marching orders and high-powered weapo...

Guns and Self-Reflection

Lynette Mae | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Lynette Mae

I am a gun owner. But I also think we need to step back from the NRA's fear mongering ledge a bit. Nobody has tried to take my gun or even suggested it. But this country has a problem, and we need to talk about how to fix it.

This Is the Moment for Stronger Gun Laws: Voters Are Ready

Margie Omero | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Margie Omero

In the wake of the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School, commentators are wondering if there is public support for stronger gun laws. But polling shows voters are ready.

How to Prevent the Next Massacre

Jed Diamond | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jed Diamond

If we are going to guard against violence, we have to do a better job at being kind to ourselves, treating our children with more love and less anger, treating our spouses (and ex-spouses) with more care and respect and opening our hearts and minds to "the other."

Talking to My Children About Sandy Hook

Susan Deily-Swearingen | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Susan Deily-Swearingen

I hugged them much tighter, I was/am desperately sad for the families in Connecticut and exceedingly grateful that it was not my children who were harmed, and I lied to my kids.

It's Time to be Unrealistic

Steven Nereo | Posted 02.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Steven Nereo

I remember July 18, 1984 really well. I was at camp in Maine -- ironically, at the shooting range -- when someone shared the outside-world news that a man had shot people at a McDonald's in California.

When The Media Takes Over A Town Struck By Tragedy

www.nytimes.com | Posted 02.16.2013 | Media

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Wolf Blitzer understands that his presence here is not appreciated by some local people, who wish that the TV satellite trucks, and ...