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Sandy Solomon: Little Letter to the Future I

In our time we reckoned our dead in firearms— handguns, rifles, automatic weapons; in much-parsed constitutional clauses; in politicians bought by lobbyists and salesmen. In our time, we objected most … Continue reading

January 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Jessica Corbett: Child Mortality Rate 70 Percent Higher in U.S. Than in Other Rich Nations

Report renews concerns about access to firearms and national healthcare system. American kids are 70 percent more likely to die during childhood compared with children in other wealthy, democratic nations, … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sarah van Gelder: Feeling Burned Out? When We Gather, We Get Energized

If it feels like you and the people you know have no say over what happens in Washington, D.C., that’s not an illusion. Research shows that ordinary people have close … Continue reading

January 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Liberal Redneck — On Guns

. Trae says, “I sympathize with pro-gun people. Always have. But at some point ain’t enough enough?” Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the … Continue reading

October 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Greg Thielen: The Republican Party — A Dangerous Ship of Fools

You know, I have to be completely honest, and this is coming from a person who lived through Timothy McVeigh’s Oklahoma City bombing and the two attacks on the World … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

Frida Berrigan: “Pow, Pow, Yous Are Dead!”

Children, Toy Guns, and the Real Thing It was a beautiful evening and the kids — Madeline, two; Seamus, almost four; and Rosena, nine — were running across a well-tended … Continue reading

August 4, 2016 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: A Few Brief Words

To My Friends In The N. R. A. And Folks Reading This Essay In Starbucks As I write, there’s more news about the shooting in Dallas. Which blends into the … Continue reading

July 9, 2016 · 4 Comments

Video: “Loss”

. In recent years, several media outlets have taken to calling President Obama the ‘Mourner-in-Chief’ due to the frequency with which he addresses the nation following fatal incidents of mass … Continue reading

July 3, 2016 · 12 Comments

Daniel R. Cobb: The American Slaughter and our Complicit Republican Congress

Omar Mateen, an American citizen, used a Sig Sauer MCX semi-automatic assault weapon to murder and maim more than 100 people in the Orlando massacre. The automatic version of this … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · 4 Comments

W.J. Astore: Guns and Grievances

The news out of Orlando is shocking. Another mass shooting in America. Another 50+ people dead with an additional 50+ wounded. And then I saw this headline: “America has 4.4% … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

Marc Jampole: Who does the NRA represent?

The other day I saw in person what we all know. Our elected representatives, especially Republicans, often represent only large corporate interests, even if those interests hurt most of the … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Daniel R. Cobb: We Must End the Tyranny of the American Gun Lobby

Today, US federal law allows any adult to buy guns of all kinds, including AR15-style assault weapons, magazines, and ammunition, without any ID or background checks of any kind. These … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · 5 Comments

Joshua Dubois: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Below is an excerpt from The President’s Devotional by Joshua Dubois, the former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He’s recounting events that occurred Sunday, December … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · 1,464 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Bullet Control — Toward A Compromise

[Author’s note: Some time after I published an earlier version of this proposal in 1993, I happened to teach a class at Olin-Winchester, an industrial compound on the east side of … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · Leave a comment