Bill Blum: We all know that nothing constructive will come from Trump’s safety commission. After Parkland, the best the commission could offer was the arming of teachers. In the meantime, we’ve come to embrace mass shootings as routine features of everyday life.
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." Dwight D. Eisenhower uttered those words long before Columbine, long before Sandy Hook. Today, few politicians connect the dots between the Military Industrial Complex, the proliferation of hand guns in America and the brutal slaying of our children while at school -- something that was probably unthinkable when Dwight Eisenhower uttered this quote. Look where this journey has taken us. The articles on this page address our need for sane gun control laws. Please share these articles. This issue needs to be broadcasted.
Kate Harveston: These days, thanks to the negative effects of social media on politics and the cancerous condition of ethics in our highest political circles, everything and anything can become a political football.
Michael Hertz: I went to the Martin Luther King March, the Women’s March, the National School Walkout, and now the March for Our Lives. I haven’t seen as much motivation in the populace since the Vietnam War.
Michael Hertz: The next big thing will be the March For Our Lives on March 24, when marches will spring up across the land, starting with the largest one in Washington, D.C.
John Peeler: Trump will let it be known when he opposes something, but won’t propose something and stand behind it. That’s how he scuttled the deal on immigration, and how he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the failed attempt to repeal Obamacare.
Broward County Shooting — Mark Naison: There are tens of thousands of Nikolaus Cruz’s all over this country. Given easy access to automatic weapons, they are a massacre waiting to happen.
Lydia Howell: When domestic mass-killers are white men (as they nearly always are), when motives are not linked to international groups, when guns are used—not explosives or terrorist tactics like using vehicles as weapons—the standard response is “It’s too soon to talk about what to do.”
WJ Astore: This sacralization of the gun, its elevation as a totem of strength and virility, its hugely symbolic presence in American life, is an important reason why gun control efforts largely fail, even in the aftermath of horrendous mass shootings.
hy, despite their popularity in polls, and their numerical advantage, do gun control advocates consistently lose on the federal level and in many states? In a recent New York Times opinion piece Hahrie Han, a professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, argues that gun control organizations have to learn strategy and […]
Tom Hastings: When conflagrations are burning down the astonishingly beautiful forests of the Pacific Northwest, when iconic parklands and treasured places are in flames and we cannot breathe, that is precisely when we need to talk about changing course and fixing this.
Jaime O’Neill: Our odds of getting shot, or of our kids getting shot make venturing out into world a very dicey bet. But what are the odds of finding a “well-regulated militia” in this country? Or a slave revolt?
John Peeler: Just as Trump’s supporters chant “Build the Wall” for its symbolic value, those of us who want to get a grip on gun violence will not stop advocating for outlawing weapons whose only purpose is to kill people.
Steven Singer: Stephen Paddock’s killing spree last night in Las Vegas will not change anything – except the bottom line for numerous gun manufacturers. Ca-ching, people!