On the Columbine Anniversary, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Reflects

“Our thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured at Columbine High School 20 years ago and the community affected by the tragedy. Though we cannot possibly know the depth of your pain and grief, we stand beside you, determined to make our country safer for future generations.

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D.C. United

Two events during the past month have demonstrated with striking clarity the viewpoint of D.C. residents regarding gun violence and firearm regulation.

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“Nothing came up.”

On February 12, professor Amy Bishop, 45, sat with her colleagues in a biology faculty meeting at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

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“His mental state was in question.”

On January 19, Christopher Bryan Speight, 39, shot and killed eight people inside and around the home he shared with family members in Appomattox, Virginia. His victims were Lauralee Sipe, 38, Speight’s sister; Dwayne Sipe, 38, his brother-in-law; Morgan Dobyns, 15, Speight’s niece; Joshua Sipe, 4, his nephew; Emily A. Quarles, 15, Morgan’s friend; Karen …

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A Familiar Tragedy

I am constantly amazed at how easy it is to overlook the obvious until somehow the facts connect to our own experiences. Eleven days ago, as I was recovering in the hospital from back surgery, I heard the news of the Fort Hood massacre. Naturally, most of the news coverage focused on the number of …

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A Tale of Two Terrorists

When most Americans think about gun control, they think about laws that are designed to stop street criminals from obtaining firearms. In the post-9/11 era, however, such laws are equally important in foiling the violent ambitions of terrorists. Because the gun lobby has successfully blocked federal efforts to prohibit those on the FBI €™s Terrorist …

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€œYou can commit mass murder then still go to heaven. €

On August 4, George Sodini , 48, walked into the LA Fitness Center in Collier, Pennsylvania, wearing black workout gear and a headband. In his pocket was a .32 semiautomatic handgun. He carried a duffel bag with three more handguns: two 9mm semiautomatic pistols with 30-round clips and a .45 caliber revolver. All told, he …

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Two Horrifying Days

One horrifying day is seared in my memory-the day in 1962 I spent touring the remains of Auschwitz with a friend who had lost his wife, children and parents in that unspeakable death camp. I can not express the sense of evil that permeated those grounds. I was made acutely aware of the horror that …

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The Power of Doubt

Recently, the National Rifle Association (NRA) held its annual convention in Phoenix, and I chanced upon an interesting quote from a Remington employee who ran a booth at the gun expo there. Speaking about the NRA €™s view on President Obama, he said, €œWe have our doubts and doubt is that makes this organization thrive. …

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€œIt was almost like looking in the devil €™s eyes. €

On March 10, 28 year-old Michael McLendon began a shooting rampage at the ranch-style home in Coffee County, Alabama, where he lived with his mother. First, he shot and killed her and her four dogs, then laid them on and around the living room couch, which he soaked with paint thinner and lit on fire. …

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