Tag: gun violence

Enough. Time to Tackle our Nation's Gun Problem

My grandkids are part of what has sadly been dubbed “Generation Columbine.” All of them were born after 1999. The kids who marched out of school on March 14 don’t know a country in which they didn’t have to “march for our lives.” I weep for this generation of children born after 13 were killed... Read more »

Honor Mr. Rogers by Caring for Our Neighbors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Fifty years ago today, on February 19, 1968, one of my personal heroes, Fred Rogers, launched his children’s show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The PBS program, featuring a kindly man in a cardigan and blue sneakers, introduced millions of young children to the concepts of patience, kindness, acceptance, and caring for their neighbors. When my children... Read more »

Guns Kill More People than the Gorilla Shot Memorial Day Weekend

Sixty-nine people were shot, and six of them died, over Memorial Day weekend in Chicago. That’s the same weekend a gorilla was shot to death by zookeepers in Cincinnati to save a small child who had fallen into his habitat. Social media lit up over Harambe’s death, but where was the outrage about the Chicago... 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 »

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 »

Stop Blaming Mental Illness for Gun Violence

I feel like opening my window and shouting, like Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”  Another school shooting. Another opportunity for folks like conservative talk show host Joe (Morning Joe) Scarborough and liberal progressive radio host Thom Hartmann to blame mental illness... Read more »