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Ferguson: Taking Steps to Support a Path Forward

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

As events continue to unfold in Ferguson, Mo., there are three questions we must ask ourselves: What are we to make of what is happening there? How can Ferguson not be the victim of empty promises of aid and justice that so often come after tragic events? And how can the community productively move forward?

Mom Of Sandy Hook Students Explains What It Was Like To Send Her Kids Back To School

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents

Mom Sarah Walker Caron, whose son and daughter attend Sandy Hook Elementary School, sent her children back to school just three and a half weeks after...

Sabrina Siddiqui

American Families More Worried About School And Gun Violence Than Ever

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. lawmakers may have moved on from the gun control debate that ensued after the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connectic...

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Really Doesn't Want To Discuss Gun Control

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for governor in Connecticut, is critical of the state's sweeping gun control laws passed after the 2012 elementary...

Please Help Our Boys

Samantha Kurtzman-Counter | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Samantha Kurtzman-Counter

"The country has to do some soul searching about this. This is becoming the norm and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying ...

Let's Talk Real Solutions: Mental Health in The U.S.

Carolyn Reinach Wolf | Posted 08.13.2014 | New York
Carolyn Reinach Wolf

Those with serious mental illness are more often the victims of violence rather than the perpetrators. The stigma abounds and of course this too is a diversion away from the real issues - funding and priority.

Jennifer Bendery

Jay Carney Reflects On Newtown Shootings: I've Never Seen Obama So Upset

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With just days to go until he leaves his post as White House press secretary, Jay Carney is looking back on the moments that stand out t...

The Truth Behind School Lockdowns

Natalie Singer-Velush | Posted 08.06.2014 | Parents
Natalie Singer-Velush

It started like any other Friday afternoon. I walked through the unlocked front doors of my kids' school, stopped in the office to sign in as a volunteer and grab an ID badge, and headed down the hall to Ms. C.'s first grade classroom. I was there to help the kids write a newsletter about their week. Instead, I was reminded of my worst nightmare.

We Need Better Data for a Serious Gun Control Debate

Robert Muggah | Posted 07.27.2014 | Crime
Robert Muggah

On one side are those who explain these ghastly incidents as the outcome of a failed mental health system. On the other are pundits who say these preventable deaths are the consequence of America's patent inability to regulate guns. They are both right.

Jason Linkins

#Randbrackets, The Fun New Out-Of-Context Game

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

Earlier today, Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski posted an item about a mailer from the National Association for Gun Rights that contained a fundraising let...

Post-Sandy Hook Security Hasn't Curbed School Shootings

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 02.03.2014 | Crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite increased security put in place after the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, there's...

The Empty Seats at the Newtown Holiday Tables

Mary Buffett | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Mary Buffett

One would think that the slaughter of innocents, especially on the cusp of the holidays, would offer Americans the courage to move forward. However, we ended up with cowardice from a select set of Democratic senators.

Newtown Tragedy: The Bell Not Tolled

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Crime
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

On October 25, 2013, that demolition began, with one headline announcing, "No trace of Sandy Hook Elementary will be left." There is very little trace of Nancy Lanza left in coverage a year later.

The Great American Gun Violence Lottery

Erin Ryan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Erin Ryan

Just as our gun culture has changed for the worse, it can also change for the better. If the common-sense majority can just shake off this paralyzing mantle of powerlessness, we can start making the changes we want in our world.

Ending School Violence Begins With Me

Kim Simon | Posted 02.16.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

I'm really tired of listening to all of you ponder, plea, debate and complain. I'm tired of reading your comments on social media. I'm tired of the hand-wringing. The navel-gazing. The attempts at empathy. That's not enough. That won't protect your kids. Do something.

Silence of the Lame

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.13.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Whether a shocking massacre, or solitary assault with a rifle, the prevalence of gun violence in this nation is the best evidence we have of the genuine moral paralysis of government.

Make a Promise Today for Sandy Hook... for Good

Dr. Karin L. Smithson | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karin L. Smithson

We need to love our children without taking the miracle of their lives for granted. We need be present to their warm, silly joy when it passes by us on the street. We should look them in the eyes with gentle sincerity, letting them know that they matter and that we are so very glad that they are here.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week delivered another stark lesson in the difference between a real scandal and a manufactured one. On Tuesday, President Obama was photographed at the Nelson Mandela memorial service taking a selfie with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, thus kicking off #selfiegate. This happened just before the president apparently destroyed America by shaking hands with Cuban President Raul Castro -- at a ceremony honoring a man for, among other things, rising above old hatreds and promoting reconciliation between former enemies. Attracting far less social media fury was the fact that an estimated 28,000 people, including almost 200 children, have been killed by gun violence in the year since Newtown -- or that under the Murray-Ryan budget deal being worked out, extended unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans will abruptly end on December 28. Maybe for Christmas, we should all ask Santa for a more well-placed sense of outrage.

'I Blame Society'

Ally Del Monte | Posted 02.13.2014 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

Flowers die, candles snuff out, food is eaten or goes bad and is thrown in the trash. What is remembered is how people acted. We became a nation of friends who took care of each other.

Newtown, A Year Later: Reflecting and Moving Forward

Michael Jascz | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Michael Jascz

This week marks the one year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The incident is still painfully fres...

Remembering Newtown, and Gun Control

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The families of Newtown victims have done a lot to push for gun control and their work will surely continue to make a difference both in terms of public awareness and also legislation, but the burden of restoring sanity to a nation gone gun crazy should not fall to them alone.

A Day To Remember Pain And Celebrate The Miracle Of Love

Jennifer Meer | Posted 02.13.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

December has always been a miraculous time. It marks the season in my life when I labored with both my children on the same date, in different years: December 14. But I cannot help but think of a community not so very far from my own. December 14 marks a very different day for them.

A Year After Sandy Hook, Our Kids Are Still Dying From Guns

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Released just days before the Dec. 14 anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that took the lives of 20 young students in Newtown, Conn., la...

Newtown and the Decay of Our Democracy

Nate Bresnick | Posted 02.12.2014 | Teen
Nate Bresnick

Almost 10,000 Americans have been gunned down in this past year in which we've failed miserably to act, and we've hardly noticed. Such profound apathy is democracy's greatest enemy.

For the Love of Grace

Sue Shanahan | Posted 02.11.2014 | Parents
Sue Shanahan

Grace Audrey McDonnell didn't have an ounce of hate in her. She was the light and the love of her family. She was Chris and Lynn's daughter and Jack's little sister. She was a granddaughter, a friend and loved by many. But to me, she will always be, simply Grace of my heart.