Gun Control: The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same

What exactly would it take for the people of the United States to come together and agree that maybe buying guns should be just a little bit harder to do? The tragedy of Sandy Hook seemed almost like a cartoonishly evil hypothetical answer to that kind of question. Maybe, you might have said, if a classroom full of kindergartners was shot to death, that would be enough for people to agree that some limits on gun ownership wouldn’t be totally crazy.… [Read more]

No Gun Control = Blood on Their Hands

On December 14, 2012, 26 lives were lost in one of the most horrendous acts of terrorism America has had to endure. The terrorist was not of a different nationality, nor did he speak with a foreign accent or have a ‘different sounding’ name, he was a home-grown, middle-class suburban white kid. He did not strap on a bomb and blow himself up or detonate a truck bomb.… [Read more]

We can’t shoot our way out of our mass killing problem

Friday, December 14, 2012, will be marked indelibly in our minds – the day a wild-eyed, highly disturbed young man, Adam Lanza – aided by his gun enthusiast mother, and America’s gun culture – snatched 20 tiny children and six educators from us in Connecticut.  Since December 14, 2012, this country has been in a period of collective shocked bereavement, and since last Friday, like it always does, this country has emotionally reached out to grieving parents and families of victims, and tried to console them with love and support.  … [Read more]

It is About Guns (and other stuff too), but mostly Guns

It is about guns. And gun culture. And mental illness. And horrible, awful individuals who are of sound mind.  The tragic event that took the lives of 20 babies and 6 courageous adults has these factors baked in.

I’ve resisted posting my thoughts on Facebook or Twitter in the aftermath of all this because, I think, sometimes silence and reflection, not knee jerk responses, are warranted.… [Read more]