Thirty years ago, a disturbed young man with a $22 revolver almost ended the lives of Ronald Reagan and his press secretary, James Brady. Like other anniversaries of historic events, this one is cause for reflection.
Chicago is not alone. Americans across the country from Ft. Hood to campuses in Dekalb and Blacksburg to the Pentagon and Columbine continue to wonder how dangerous individuals have access to deadly weapons.
Thanks to the NRA, Arizona's laws are so weak that even if the Tucson police had known of the dangerous behavior that led to his dismissal from the local community college, they would have been powerless to take his gun away until he actually fired.
Angelenos have a meaningful opportunity to make our city a model of gun violence prevention. This is how we can best honor what happened in Tucson, and move forward with courage to a less deadly future.
You didn't hear those three words from Michele Bachmann after her history-revising Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union speech. What are those three words, you ask? "I was wrong."