Guns, Masculinity, a Culture of Life, & Educators on the Front Line

One day about two years ago I walked into the building where I teach two of my classes and found this picture. The juxtaposition of the “no smoking” and “no guns” decals is appropriate. These are things that will kill you, kids. And our job as an educational institution is to make your life better. [Read More…]

Guns & Religion, part two: Praying for a Gun?

“Too many children are dying. Too many children,” [Gabrielle] Giffords almost whispered, speaking slowly and with difficulty the eight most important words that anyone would utter during the entire four-hour hearing.” That was in Washington, D.C., at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on gun violence, on January 30, 2013. A teenage girl who performed at [Read More…]

Guns & Religion

During the 2008 election, Barack Obama took a lot of criticism for comments he made at a fundraiser while speaking about economically anxious working-class voters in the Midwest:  “it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade [Read More…]

Too Late. Again.

With his silence and tears more powerful than the words … “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years.” “We are going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” Here’s some of what I said after another mass shootings [Read More…]

It’s Not Too Soon. It’s Too Late.

In the days following the Aurora movie theater shooting, politicians, strategists, and pundits alike repeated the refrain we’ve heard in these hours following the Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin:  It’s too soon to talk about gun laws.  It’s too soon to understand why and how this happened. I’m sorry.  No.  It’s too late. [Read More…]