Preventing Gun Violence

Consider the following sampling of gun violence in the U.S., drawn only from the weekend of March 2-3, 2013:The 4-year-old son of a Jackson County, Mich., Sheriff’s Deputy accidentally shot and killed himself Saturday night...around 5 p.m. at the deputy’s home.  A 61-year-old man is dead after his gun apparently accidentally discharged, striking him once in the upper body, at the St. Charles Sportsman’s Club in Waldorf, Md. Officers were called Saturday at 9:23 a.m.  Toni Voss, 27, was s … [Read more...]

Politics of the Broken Hearted: Gun Rights and Gun Responsibilities

“There are two ways for the heart to break: apart into many shards like a fragment grenade, or open into greater capacity so we can hold life’s inevitable tensions creatively, not destructively.” These words from educator and activist Parker Palmer point us toward a vision that he calls the “politics of the broken hearted.” Palmer continues: When we hold...tensions and we don't know how to hold them, the heart explodes like a hand grenade. And we sometimes want to throw that hand grenade at the … [Read more...]