Tag: gun safety

When a Mass Shooting of College Students is Not Breaking News

When a Mass Shooting of College Students is Not Breaking News
On April 30, a young man with a gun opened fire in a classroom at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, killing two students and injuring four. This story was not breaking news on cable television, which continued to drone on about Barr’s expected testimony and other political news. Nor was it front page... Read more »

Fear, Division, Loathing and the Empathy Gap

Many Americans seem to have forgotten how to have empathy for others. Instead, they are filled with fear and loathing for those whose views differ from theirs. They reject civil discourse. Much like the proverbial “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” monkeys, they long to go on with their personal lives undisturbed.... Read more »

“In Other Shootings” -- Our Problem with Guns

“In other shootings.” Those words were actually the seventh paragraph in a story buried on page eight of today’s Chicago Tribune. The headline read “3 shot near W Hotel; 12 others shot citywide.” I guess the order of information in the story makes sense. The W Hotel is in a “good” neighborhood and can afford... Read more »

On the Third Anniversary of Sandy Hook: Light Your Candle and Pass on the Flame

Today is the third anniversary of the day a shooter invaded Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot 20 six and seven-year-olds and six adults to death. Yesterday was Worldwide Candle Lighting Day. It was also Hanukkah. As we lit the menorah with my son and his family in Boston, I shared my young grandsons’ delight... Read more »

Gun Violence and a Preschool Song of Peace

When three and four-year-olds at the preschool I directed sang these words, I was always moved to tears. Let there be peace on earth Let this be the moment now. With every step I take Let this be my solemn vow. To take each moment And live each moment With peace eternally. Let there be... Read more »

Gun Safety: A Tale of Two Grandchildren

Yesterday, I waited for my nine-year-old granddaughter after school. When she didn’t show at up our arranged spot for Mondays, I worried that she was confused and looking for me where I usually pick her up the rest of the week. And that was what happened. Never once did it cross my mind that someone... Read more »