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Mass Shootings: Can We Escape The New Normal?

On Sunday, President Obama spoke to comfort the families of the victims involved in the tragic Navy Yard shootings. He quoted from the Greek poet Aeschylus, as had Senator Robert Kennedy speaking after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968: “Even in our sleep, pain, which we cannot forget, falls drop by drop […]

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You Must Buy A Gun! Except, Not Really.

I learned by watching Bill Maher, that not one, but two towns in Georgia have laws requiring – requiring - heads of households to own a gun.  Kennesaw, GA has had its law on the books since 1982.  In a city of almost 30,000 people, the following law states: (a) In order to provide for the emergency […]

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The Intersection of Guns & Mental Health. Again.

In the wake of the recent Navy Yard shootings and the deaths of 12 victims (so far, not counting the deceased gunman), I’m reminded again of the conversations we seem to always have not only about gun control, but about the very dangerous intersection of the ability of those with mental health issues to obtain […]

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An Open Letter to Congress on Gun Control

To The Honorable Members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives: I am writing to you to discuss the level of influence by certain special interest lobbies, in particular the gun rights lobby. Their influence has outgrown their value to the general welfare of America, and I urge you to consider their counsel […]

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Play Dates and Firearms: Do You Ask?

I have an eight-year-old son, and as much as I have tried to steer him to playtime activities that don’t involve an element of violence, it hasn’t worked.  For years, I allowed no violent toys.  No violent video games, no Lego sets that came with guns, no Nerf guns, no water guns, nothing.  Yet, every […]

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6 Things You Need To Know Right Now: Looking Towards The Light

This week behaved as if it had something to prove. From the Boston Marathon bombings, to the Senate’s stunning refusal to endorse expanded background checks, to the plant explosion in West, Texas, these past seven days have seemed like, well, a marathon for the human spirit. Without begrudging the very worthy attention each of those events […]

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And Then They Came For Me

When will it happen again?  Will I be a victim when I am volunteering, as I did this morning, at our local rehabilitation center?  Or will it be my husband at the university?  Will it be our son, interning on Capitol Hill?  Or my nephew in his Big Ten university classroom?  Will it be my […]

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