Children in the Line of Fire

The United States, with its weak gun laws, remains an exceptionally dangerous place for children. Approximately nine children and teenagers die every day from gun violence in America. In any given year, the U.S. loses more than 3,000 children and teens to gun violence; a number greater than the number of Americans that were killed …

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The Gun-Toting Soccer Mom

On October 7, Meleanie Hain €™s handgun failed to protect her. That evening, she was in the kitchen of her home in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, chatting on the Internet with a friend through a web camera. Her husband, Scott Hain, entered the room, picked up a 9mm handgun, and shot her several times. As the Hain …

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The Terrible Toll

Over the years that I have been involved in the gun violence issue, there is one thing that has bothered me more than anything else. Every day, I am barraged with stories of the deadly cost of our national fascination with guns. The ones that tear at my heart the worst are those involving children. …

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Yes We Can Save Lives

Over the past several years, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has proposed a series of positive steps that could/should be taken by the government to help reduce gun violence in America. For the past eight years, these proposals received either indifference or outright opposition by the Bush Administration. Thus, it was greatly heartening to …

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What’s NOT in Santa’s Bag

I am a fan of old-time radio programs. Last night I was listening to the December 22, 1949, broadcast of the original €œDragnet € series. The story, based on a true event, was about a nine year-old boy who was given a rifle for Christmas. As he and his closest friend were playing with the …

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“I blew her away.”

Richard Peters €™ cavalier attitude towards the safe handing and storage of firearms caused a tragedy on November 16 in Marysville, Washington, when he shot and killed his six-year-old daughter while cleaning a firearm. That night, Peters asked his daughter, Stormy, to retrieve a Colt Double Eagle .45-caliber handgun from a nightstand in his bedroom. …

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School Daze

News this past weekend of a school shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, served to remind me of a couple of misconceptions about the nature of gun violence in our nation €™s school systems. As I travel around the country, I often hear people say that our nation €™s schools are inherently dangerous because of gun …

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Beyond the Inner City

There has always been one argument for not getting involved in the gun control issue that has confused and frustrated me.As I travel around the country, I often hear people say that gun violence is primarily an, €œinner city, gang-related € problem. This argument is deeply flawed on multiple fronts.First, it is factually incorrect. The …

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Bach to the Future?

This past Sunday, CBS’ “Sixty Minutes” updated a fascinating segment titled “El Sistema: Changing Lives Through Music.” Bob Simon reported on a groundbreaking musical education program in Venezuela. “The system” is all about saving hundreds of thousands of children-through music. In the words of its founder, Dr.José Antonio Abreu, “Essentially this is a social system …

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The “Hidden” Handgun

On June 9, in Columbia, South Carolina, a family €™s shopping trip turned into a nightmare when a child found her grandmother €™s hidden handgun. The young girl, who is four years old, was riding in a shopping cart when she reached inside of her grandmother €™s purse, pulled out a loaded small-caliber handgun, and …

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