Charley James: When a five year old in America is 5.8 times more likely to die because of a gun than in all other high income nations combined, the country has a serious problem that could be easily fixed.
Carl Matthes: Extremists can always step up to the next weapon of mass killing. Anti-violence campaigns, respect for human life, education and zero tolerance for the proliferation of assault weapons are needed now.
Steve Hochstadt: Imaginary patriotism of right-wing extremists has been translated into a surge in demand for assault weapons, not for hunting or for protection against criminals, but to make war against our government.
Tom Hall: The earnest M.C. at Saturday’s benefit concert suggested that we all pause for a minute of silence in honor of the recent tragedy in Connecticut. Seated in the audience, I wanted to scream out “NO. No more silence.”
Stanley Kutler: Bork inevitably opposed judicial decisions favoring contemporary values and desires, readily attacking judges who found ample constitutional support for ruling on behalf of second-class citizens, whether they wanted to eat at any lunch counter or get an abortion.
Rev. Irene Monroe: If the men were males of color, poor white males or Muslims these recurring mass shootings would be stereotypically explained as inherent to their make-up, affirming and fueling continued fear of them.
Carole Bartolotto: The problem with concluding that GMOs are safe is that the argument for their safety rests solely on animal studies. These studies are offered as evidence that the debate over GMOs is over. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Winona LaDuke: With Keystone XL still delayed, Alberta Clipper is widely seen as the most important and immediate pipeline battle, and thus much of the U.S. tar sands campaign has been shifting its focus to this project.