January 10, 2013
In their Jan. 6 Local Opinions commentary, " The path forward on gun violence ," John McCarthy and Glenn F. Ivey argued that "mental-health-care providers [should be required to] give to state or local police the names of any individual receiving mental health services who would pose a danger if granted a gun permit. " They suggested that such action is akin to the mandatory reporting of child abuse. However, one necessitates predicting the future behavior of an individual, while the other is in response to behavior that has occurred or is still...
October 4, 2013
In his Sept. 30 Style review of the series finale of "Breaking Bad" ( " ‘Breaking' brilliantly, right to the end "), Hank Stuever wrote, "There was never a dull episode in the five seasons that ‘Breaking Bad' ran on AMC, including Sunday night's heart-poundingly satisfying finale. " I haven't followed this show and came in just at the end. After watching the "satisfying finale" that involved a massive bloodbath from an automatic weapon, I'm glad I was spared several years of wasted time.
December 21, 2012 |
CHICAGO — Flags flew at half-staff all across the winter-draped city last week to honor the dead in Newtown, Conn. The massacre was unspeakable, and yet Chicago counts far more homicide victims every month — many of them young people — than died in the carnage in Connecticut. Their deaths usually go unmarked. Since Jan. 1, Chicago police have recorded 2,364 shooting incidents and 487 homicides, 87 percent of them gun-related. Shootings have increased 12 percent this year and homicides are up 19 percent.
February 11, 2008
These schools in the District are among those that participated in the survey about gun violence: ¿ High schools: Anacostia, Ballou, Banneker, Cardozo, Coolidge, Dunbar, Eastern, Wilson, H.D. Woodson ¿ Private, parochial and charter schools: Thurgood Marshall Academy, Rock Creek Academy, St. Thomas More ¿ Educational centers: Patricia R. Harris ¿ Middle schools: Hart, Hine, Kramer
March 15, 2013 |
Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath, an initiative lead by the Washington National Cathedral and bringing together communities and congregations across the country and across the religious spectrum, happens this weekend. And who could argue against preventing gun violence, right? As I wrote earlier today in my live discussion regarding the 7-year-old boy suspended from school, needlessly so in my view, for "brandishing" a pistol-shaped pastry: "any meaningful conversation about this topic must assume that all reasonable...
March 9, 2013
Thank you, Tom Diaz, for the informative commentary "Guns kill more people. Why does terrorism get more attention?" [Outlook, March 3]. I can use a lot of the statistics for the signs I carry to anti-gun-violence rallies. With gun killings topping 32 each day, (12,000 each year), the equivalent of nearly four 9/11 attacks occur in the United States each year. If we include suicides using guns, there are more than 30,000 gun deaths per year, 10 times more deaths than on 9/11. We declared war on terrorism after 9/11.