Laura Finley: In 2014, the Los Angeles Unified School District, amidst outcry from parents, announced that it would return the three grenade launchers it had acquired but would keep its armored personnel carrier and 61 assault rifles.
Walter Brasch: Until the members of Congress develop that one iota of courage that President Obama asked for, the United States will continue to have the highest number of guns per population of 178 countries—and also rank among the world’s top 10 countries in the rate of deaths per population from guns.
Brent Budowsky: The NRA bully of extremism is on the march. The rest of Washington is in retreat. It is a pathetic sight for men and women of courage and honor to behold.
Bobbi Jo Chavarria: To provide responsible training to our school police is not only cost-prohibitive, but also compromises the other valuable training school law enforcement officers require because they deal with the youth population on a constant basis.
Randy Shaw: 2013 will lack the excitement of a presidential election year. But it is activism between elections that brings change.
Lawrence Wittner: Even if one leaves aside the difficulty of distinguishing between “good” and “bad” people, there is copious evidence indicating that, all other things being equal, the more access people have to weapons, the more likely they are to use them.
Steve Hochstadt: Seeing men all around me carrying guns, or knowing that men at McDonalds, at the library, or at my school are carrying concealed weapons doesn’t make me feel safer.
Carl Matthes: Our country is entering an exciting era. We all are proud of our President and all of us pledge to do our part to ensure a continuing growth of Liberal and Progressive ideas and policies.
Dotty LeMieux: As I watched one of my favorite all time classic feel good All American holiday movies, A Christmas Story, last night, I couldn’t help but cringe that the plot of that whole show revolved around one little boy’s desire for a bb gun.
Randy Shaw: President Barack Obama came out of the box breathing fire last night, offering the strongest debate performance of his political career.
Ted Vaill: Mitt Romney, the Republicans’ default choice for President no one really likes, deserves to be asked the hard questions such as those directed by Jeff Daniels to the panel of GOP candidates in Adam Sorkin’s “Newsroom”,
Karen Finney: Despite only 13 cases of in-person voter impersonation in the last 10 years when 649 million votes have been cast in general elections, we hear a consistent GOP myth about rampant voter fraud.
Lawrence Wittner: Are we safer with more firepower or less? Despite the propaganda of the gunslingers, the arms manufacturers, and the military enthusiasts, it does seem that the world would be a lot safer with fewer guns and fewer nuclear weapons.