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When Shaniqua Doesn't Live in Newtown: Valuing the Lives of Black and Brown Children

June 13, 2013
With the 6 month anniversary of the Newtown massacre upon us it's a good time to self reflect on one of the central issues brought to the forefront, gun violence. On the surface it appears to be a noble crusade. If we could regulate this proliferation of guns then we could get a handle on tragedies such as Newtown or the 2012 movie theatre massacre in Aurora, Co. As with most things though, things are a bit more complicated than that. Two major things that hyper focusing on Newtown obscures is racial disparities when it comes to media presentation of gun violence and the fact that violent...
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NC’s Lack of Gun Sense is Nonsense

June 13, 2013
Photo credit: Francois Polito, Sculpture of “Non-Violence”by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd He was a braggart about his guns. He told my sons about packing heat and spoke in hyperbolic detail about the other-worldly power and rush that shooting a gun can jolt. He spoke of a violent testosterone fueled definition of manhood and linked masculinity to a love affair with guns. He told my sons about a shoot out at a cafe where an armed patron shot thieves. He spoke with no compassion, only a sense of OK Corral shoot ‘em up caricatures. He guffawed about how “badass” the gent was who pulled out his gun...
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Perder un hijo por causa de la violencia de armas lo cambia todo

June 13, 2013
To read this blog post in English, click here . El 28 de noviembre del 2012, mi vida cambió para siempre. Perdí a mi hijo menor por causa de la violencia de armas. Tenía 26 años, estaba casado y tenía una niña de dos años, su mujer embarazada de nuevo con otra niña. No sé todos los detalles de su muerte. Solamente sé que él y su amigo iban saliendo de una tienda en una esquina de Oakland y los dos fueron atacados a tiros. El amigo de mi hijo sobrevivió pero mi hijo falleció. Apenas hace dos semanas, la policía detuvo a un hombre en San Jose, California, que tuvo una pelea con un guardia de...
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Guns — New Times, New Solutions

June 13, 2013
Although I do not currently carry a gun, I have twice seriously considered doing so. What I find comforting is that if I choose to own and carry a gun, the Second Amendment ensures that I am able to do so. I find it equally comforting that convicted felons and those who have domestic violence restraining orders against them or who commit certain domestic violence misdemeanors are prohibited from having guns. Having previously examined this issue, Congress wisely passed laws to prohibit these individuals from owning or possessing firearms. What Congress knew back then remains true today—the...
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Where the Danger Often Is

June 13, 2013
Have you thought about mass killings when dropping your kids off at school or going to a movie lately? It’s hard not to, given the horrific shootings recently. But do you think of them every time you enter your house? Most mass shootings occur in private spaces, and involve families. Mayors Against Illegal Guns recently issued a report on mass shootings . In all cases where a shooter killed four or more people, 57% involved domestic violence: meaning the shooter killed their intimate partner, and frequently, their children and other family members. What surprised me about this report was not...
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That Panicked Race to School that Every Parent Dreads

June 13, 2013
The text came from our school's emergency system around noon. Parents needed to get to the school “as soon as possible, but no need to panic” as there was a wildfire burning nearby. Of course every parent panicked and rushed to the school only to find the small fire was already 100-percent contained by the fire department and the children were never under threat of evacuation. The school was just being cautious. I imagine that day over and over again only because it's the call you never want to get...yet, as we know, too many parents have. I imagine what it must have been like to hear via a...
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Senseless. Violent. Unexpected. Life Changing.

June 13, 2013
On Friday of this week, June 14th, it will be 6 months since the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school. There will be events across the country to honor the memories of the 20 small children and 6 adults who were shot and killed 6 months ago. 6 months. It's a long time ago. It's a short time ago. Have we forgotten? We can't forget. We can't let the corporate gun lobby erase this shooting from our collective memory. Otherwise, who are we as a country? Otherwise, what are we all about? It's all about the victims of the gun violence epidemic running rampant in America. It's time to do...
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Enough Is Enough!

June 13, 2013
I have been a New York City public school teacher for the past thirteen years and, during that time, I have attended my share of funerals for past students. Way too many of our children have become casualties of war in this feud between gun companies and our federal government. The sad part is that it seems that the gun companies are winning the battle because more and more guns are becoming available on our streets and Congress seems to think that if we don’t talk about it, it will all go away. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. I’m here to speak for all of the mothers, fathers,...
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Ryan's Story

June 13, 2013
For many years I have heard, read and observed the ad nauseam rhetoric, conjecture, and Theater Of The Absurd gun control debate. I find it astonishing that there are still United States citizens who would subscribe to the misguided and intentionally misleading notions espoused by the NRA, the mouthpiece for the firearms industry. This is particularly notable given the numerous successful examples readily available just beyond our borders. The NRA, hijacked by an extremist minority and the firearm manufacturers, no longer listens to the voice of its own mainstream members and has embarked...
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I’m taking a stand against gun violence

June 13, 2013
Hi! I’m a young mom from Virginia and I’m taking a stand against gun violence. I don’t have a personal experience, but I do have a 2 year old with a speech delay that attends an elementary school full time for that reason, so Newtown really hit hard on a relatable level. For a while I was fighting to avoid another Newtown, not paying enough attention to the daily, invisible slaughter. Then I started to read some of the articles for the less publicized daily gun deaths. First I was shocked, then devastated, and then I decided that that wasn’t going to do anybody any good and now I am...
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